Dental Implants

Dental Implants Coral Gables, FL

If you are self-conscious about missing teeth. Decayed teeth or uncomfortable dentures, then Dental Implant can be alternative you are looking for.

Dr. Peggy Alvarez-Penabad offers a painless and comfortable dental implant restoration procedure that can help you improve your appearance, oral health and can even impact positively in your self-esteem.  For more information about dental implants and our cosmetic solution promotions please contact our office today at 305 548 8690. We look forward to working with you to improve your overall oral health and smile!

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are manufactures “anchors” that look like cylinders or screws , They are artificial replacement for natural tooth roots, implants are used in upper and lower jaws. They are made of titanium and other materials that are well-suited to the human body. They attached to the jaw-bone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more artificial replacement teeth, called dental crowns.

Types Of Dental Implants

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.

Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Application & Medical Uses

A list of Medical uses for dental implants includes the following:

  • Individual tooth replacement
  • An implant supported bridge (or fixed denture)
  • A removable implant supported denture (also an implant supported over-denture)
  • In orthodontics, small diameter dental implants, referred to as Temporary anchorage devices or TADs

Since implants do not have a periodontal ligament, and bone remodeling will not be stimulated when tension is applied, they are ideal anchor points in orthodontics.

The Implant Process

The dental implant process normally takes three steps which are.

  • 1. The 1st step, the dentist surgically places the implant in the jaw with the top of the implant slightly above the top of the bone. A screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering. The gum then is secured into the implant. The implant will remain covered for pproximately three to six months, while it fuses with the bone, a process called "asseointegration".

  • 2. The 2nd Step, The implant its uncovered and the dentist attaches an extension (called a "post") to the implant. The gum tissue is allowed to heal around the post. Some implant requires a second surgical procedure in which a post is attached to connect the replacement teeth. With other implants the implants and post are a single unit placed in the mouth during the initial surgery. Once healed. the implant and post can serve as the foundation for the new tooth.

  • 3. The 3rd step, The dentist make a crown , which has a shape, size, color and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Once completed the crown is attached to the implant post.

Implant After-Care

Most dental implants are successful, and there are a few steps you can take to help ensure success and make your implant last.

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush twice a day and floss once daily. Using interdental brushes, brushes that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.
  • Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.
  • Visit your dentist – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition, and that it stays that way.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – don’t chew on hard items such as ice and hard candy because they can break the crown and your natural teeth.