Implant Dentist in Orlando, Florida
Consisting of two elements—an implanted root replacement, and a permanent, tooth colored replacement for the visible portion of the tooth—dental implants are the most complete, permanent, and durable option for replacing missing teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants offer a number of benefits over other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures. Some of these benefits include:
- Dental implants replace the whole tooth, including the root
- Dental implants are permanent
- Dental implants don't require modification of the adjacent teeth
- Dental implants maintain the structural integrity of the jaw and the bite
Why should the tooth root be replaced?
The root of the tooth is an integral part of your jaw structure. When you lose a tooth, it can cause the jawbone to weaken and lose bone mass in response. This condition, osseointegration, is when the jawbone reabsorbs into your body, causing a host of issues including:
- Changes to the structure of your bite
- Changes to your facial structure, which can negatively alter your appearance
- Loss of bone mass, resulting in a more fragile and easily injured jaw
How dental implants work
Dental implants are composed of two parts: The implant itself, and the tooth replacement crown.
The dental implant is a strong titanium post that is implanted directly into the jaw, replacing your tooth root and establishing a strong, sturdy foundation for your replacement tooth.
The dental crown, fitted once your dental implant has healed, is a natural looking tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants and TMJ
Complete tooth replacement is an essential part of maintaining the alignment of your bite and your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). However, it is essential that your dental implant procedure is planned and executed by a trained, experienced neuromuscular dentist, who can ensure that correct size, placement, and alignment of the implant and the tooth crown.
Choosing a trained neuromuscular dentist for your dental implants can ensure a lifetime of teeth that look beautiful and that keep you smiling.
To learn more about our dental implants and what tooth replacement can do for you, call or email our offices today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Castellini and her team.