The likes of gum disease and tooth decay have left over 178 million Americans missing at least one tooth. That’s why Patricia Primero, DDS, at The Smile Fairy Dental Spa in Naples, Florida, provides the premier tooth replacement option available today: periodontal implants. These artificial tooth roots offer durable support for highly natural-looking prosthetics. Not only do implants restore your smile, they also last practically a lifetime. To find out more, book a consultation at the office by calling or using the online scheduling tool today.
Periodontal implants — also known as dental implants — are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted in your jawbone. They’re typically made of titanium, which explains their durability.
Dr. Primero loves implants as a tooth-replacement option because they fuse with your jawbone as you heal, providing a sturdy foundation on top of which to place a restoration, such as a crown, denture, or bridge.
If you’re only missing one tooth, one implant alone is all you need to support a natural-looking restoration. But a single implant can also support restorations for multiple teeth, such as a bridge.
Dr. Primero can even use just a few strategically placed implants to replace an entire arch in your mouth with implant-supported dentures.
Since dental implants closely resemble the form and function of a natural tooth root, they’re an incredibly comfortable and effective replacement for missing teeth.
Some of the distinct advantages periodontal implants have over traditional restorations like bridges and crowns include:
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are as close as you can come to getting back your natural teeth.
The first step in getting periodontal implants is determining if you’re an appropriate candidate. Dr. Primero takes comprehensive digital scans of your mouth to evaluate the bone quality and quantity in the proposed implant location.
If you don’t have sufficient bone tissue to support implants, Dr. Primero will either recommend another type of restoration or a grafting procedure to “graft” bone-like material on and create a better base for the implant.
Once you have enough healthy bone to support your implant, Dr. Primero administers general anesthesia to begin the procedure. She then makes a tiny incision in your gum, drills a small hole in your bone, and places the implant in your jaw. Afterward, she stitches up your incision site and sends you home to heal for a few months. During this time, your jawbone heals and fuses with the implant.
You come back to the office after your implant fuses, which takes at least a few months. Dr. Primero then attaches your permanent restoration to your implant.
The best part about periodontal implants is that they generally last you a lifetime. In over 90% of cases, implants last at least 30 years. To care for them and ensure their longevity, it’s important that you treat your implant-retained restoration just like you would your natural teeth.
Continue to practice sound oral hygiene habits and maintain your regularly scheduled checkups with Dr. Primero.
If you need to replace missing teeth, don’t wait a day longer. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today and set up a time to discuss the possibility of periodontal implants with Dr. Primero.