Dental Implants Aventura, FL
What are Dental Implants?
One of the most exciting and innovative solutions for missing teeth, dental implants are offered by Dr. Diana Wohlstein in her Aventura Florida dental office. State-of-the-art computer technology is coupled with cosmetic and reconstructive techniques to give patients an affordable groundbreaking restoration. Dental implants mimic the location and size of a missing tooth root by becoming a part of a patient’s actual jaw bone. A titanium rod is surgically implanted into the jaw to provide a foundation to support a dental crown. An implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple implants may be attached to a bridge to restore multiple missing teeth, or sometimes attached to the patient’s existing denture to improve retention and stability.
Why are Dental Implants used?
The goal of dental implants is to replace damaged or missing teeth, as well as to anchor bridges and dentures. This strong and attractive restoration provides patients with the confidence to smile and laugh again, and the ability to eat all of their favorite foods without embarrassment or concerns. Dr. Wohlstein can give you back your self-esteem along with your smile through dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Your friends won’t even be able to tell your dental implant restorations from the rest of your teeth because they look so natural. This is related to the fact that the implant is structurally and functionally connected with your living jaw bone. Although implants are usually placed in one dental appointment, they require a period of three to six months to fully anchor and heal. This healing process is called osseointegration, in which the titanium implant fuses with the jaw bone. The most popular and successful type of implant, osseointegrated implants are completed with the placement of a dental crown, bridge, or hybrid screw retained prosthesis. Dental implants that do not have successful osseointegration will fail. Dr. Wohlstein can perform dental implantation on patients in Aventura who have reached adolescence or have completed bone growth.
Preparing the Jaw for Surgery
Dental implant surgery focuses on the edentulous area (where there is no tooth) of the jaw. Dr. Wohlstein will drill a small-diameter hole called a pilot hole there to guide the titanium screw that will secure the dental implant. It requires extensive skill and expertise to drill the pilot hole and size the jaw bone so that vital jaw and facial structures such as the inferior alveolar nerve in the lower jaw are not damaged. Often, CT scans are used to develop surgical guides to aid in placing dental implants.
Placement of the Implant
Once the pilot hole is successfully drilled into the jaw site, Dr. Wohlstein will slowly widen it so that the implant screw can be placed. Then surrounding gum tissue is pulled over the implant and a protective cover screw placed on top to promote healing and osseointegration. Usually after several months, the implant will be examined; when healing is complete, an abutment to hold a crown or artificial tooth will be attached to the implant. The abutment is sometimes attached during the initial implant surgery. With a secure abutment, Dr. Wohlstein can place a temporary crown that acts as a template for the gum to properly grow around and shape itself. Ultimately, the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown and the implant process is complete.