Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants is a full service dental implant service provider located in Orlando, FL. We offer gentle and caring sedation dentistry for all your periodontal needs. Read below and view our implants video for more information.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that support artificial teeth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or a full mouth of missing teeth. Dental implants can replace teeth lost from a variety of reasons including, periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, trauma, or even teeth missing at birth. They are long lasting, never develop cavities or need root canals and most importantly they look and feel like your own natural teeth.
Generally, there 3 different options for the replacement of missing teeth. The first option tooth replacement is a denture. A denture is a removable appliance that comes in and out of the mouth. Dentures can decrease the effectiveness of one’s chewing ability. The second option is a bridge. A bridge is fixed in place and does not come out of the mouth. However, in order to accommodate the bridge, the teeth in front of and behind the missing one may need to be filed down. Implants are the third option. They are permanent, do not come out of the mouth and do not depend on adjacent teeth for their support. They look, feel and function like your own teeth. Additionally, missing a tooth can lead atrophy of the jaw bone. This means that over time, the jaw bone in the area where the tooth was missing can melt away. This can alter the esthetics of your face, making it appear older and sunken in. If too much bone is lost, implants may not be able to be placed in the future.
Most often there are two separate phases of dental implant treatment. The 1st phase is the actual placement of the dental implant, the artificial tooth root. Dental Implants are routinely placed under local anesthesia, the same type of anesthesia that you would receive for a filling for other routine dental work. Here at Precision Periodontics and Dental Implants, we also offer several different sedation options which can help you relax during the appointment if needed. Following a healing period the 2nd phase of the implant treatment is completed where the restoring dentist attaches the crown or artificial tooth itself to the implant.
The actual implant placement procedure is generally accomplished in less than an hour and when necessary, a temporary tooth or denture can most often be placed at the same time. However, it can take a significant amount of time; several months up to a year, for the bone to heal and bond to the implant before the permanent tooth can be attached.
Dental implants are placed with local anesthesia and once the area is numb you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Postoperatively, the area may be a little sore for a few days. Many times regular over the counter pain relievers will be all that is needed. You should be ready to return back to work and resume your normal activities within a day or so.
With proper home care and regular professional cleanings, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.