Getting Dental Implants: From Beginning to End

Posted on: June 9, 2015


If you are looking to permanently replace your teeth, we invite you to call (772) 778-0954 and schedule an appointment with our 32960 dental office.  At Art of Smiles – Norman D. Knowles, D.M.D., we are an implant dentist in Vero Beach, FL and can walk you through the process of replacing your teeth from start to finish.  In the meantime, here is what you need to know about getting dental implants: from beginning to end.

When you visit our cosmetic dentistry office, we will begin by examining your teeth and gums.  Before proceeding with an implant procedure, we need to treat any signs of gum disease or oral infections. We are a root canal dentist in Vero Beach so if you have an infection, we can remove it. Once you are healthy, we can continue with the procedure.  In the case of implants, we will also take x-rays to determine if your jawbone appears strong enough to support the implants.  If not, there are several options including placing implants that are only secured to your gums or having oral surgery such as a sinus lift or bone graft.  We can discuss all of these options with you during your exam and consultation.
As an implant dentist in Vero Beach, FL, we will begin by making an impression of your mouth and taking measurements so that we can determine the exact size and shape that your new teeth (crowns) should be created in.  We will also review a shade card with you so that you can select the exact shade of white that you want your new tooth or teeth to be. As a teeth whitening dentist in Vero Beach, we often recommend that our patients have a teeth whitening procedure first.  Since crowns are stain and bleach resistant, it is important to time this treatment correctly and to have the teeth whitened prior to selecting the shade that you want your new teeth to be since they should be a mirror image of the surrounding natural ones. Afterward, the dental lab will go to work creating your new teeth.

When you receive dental implants in Vero Beach, the main portion of the procedure takes place when a titanium post is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone.  This step in the process is what makes dental implants so durable.  As an implant dentist in Vero Beach, FL, we are experts at performing the surgery and will use sedation to ensure that you remain entirely comfortable.  The titanium post and jawbone will eventually fuse together through the process of osseointegration.  This serves two purposes.  The post and new tooth provides the stimulation your jawbone needs to prevent resorption, bone loss, and a change in your facial appearance.  Simultaneously, the bone serves as an anchor to the tooth so that it is as sturdy as a natural one would be.  How long osseointegration takes is different for each patient but it can be a couple of months.  Once complete, you will return to our family dentistry office for us to secure the new tooth (crown) to the post at the surface of your gums.  As a dentist in Vero Beach, we sometimes use a third piece (an abutment) in between the titanium post and the actual tooth.  This, however, is attached at the surface of the gums so no additional surgery is required.  The total treatment time varies, but you can expect a few months from start to finish.  We will discuss the timeline that you can expect during a consultation.  Additionally, since you will be temporarily living without a tooth, we can provide you with a temporary prosthetic to wear so that your smile looks natural while going through the process with our cosmetic dentistry office. 

When learning about getting dental implants: from beginning to end, we recommend that you visit us for general dentistry in Vero Beach.  We can answer your questions in detail so that you are comfortable with what to expect.  We are also an emergency dentist and a pediatric dentistry office, able to address all of your family’s oral health care needs. 

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