At Yulee Family Dentistry, it is our mission to help you retain your natural teeth whenever possible. In most cases, keeping your natural teeth is the best way to protect your oral health. Additionally, tooth loss can cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance and prevent you from fully expressing yourself. Most people find it limiting.
People lose teeth for many reasons: trauma, decay, and infection to name a few. While regular dental cleanings and exams, diligent home care, and staying tuned in to any changes in your oral health can prevent tooth loss, millions of American adults face tooth loss at some point during their lives.
Dental Implant Treatment
Most dentists will agree that for patients who are healthy enough, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium cylinders designed for surgical implantation. They naturally integrate with your bone to create a stable foundation for a dental crown or a secure anchor for dental bridges and dentures.
Dental implant treatment consists of two parts: the surgical placement of your dental implant and the restoration including your crown, bridge, or denture. Typically, once dental implants are placed, they take up to six months to fully heal and integrate with your bone. Proper placement and adequate healing time are both essential to the success of your treatment.
Dental implant crowns and bridges will match your natural teeth so that your smile appears seamless, natural, and consistent with your other teeth in size and shape. We custom create your restorations so that the fit and function are comfortable.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have a number of benefits:
Stability – Dental implants give you greater stability than dental bridges, allowing for a more varied and nutritious diet.
Bone retention – Because they integrate with your bone, dental implants help to prevent bone loss that is common once a patient loses teeth.
Placeholder – Dental implants fill the gap in your smile, preventing your other teeth from shifting or drifting toward the gap in your smile. This protects the integrity of your bite and keeps your remaining teeth in place.
Esthetics – Custom dental implant crowns are created just for you. The size, shape, and color of your implant will match your natural teeth.
Convenience – Single-tooth dental implants mimic your natural teeth, allowing you to brush, floss, and care for them conveniently.
Protecting Your Dental Implant
Good preventive care and maintenance is essential to protecting all of your dentistry, including dental implants. Brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and professional dental cleanings will all prolong the life of your dental implant. Gum disease can cause implant loss, just like it can cause tooth loss, so avoiding it is essential to the longevity of your smile.
If you nocturnally grind or clench your teeth, Dr. Jonathan Gordon may recommend a nightguard to prevent implant damage due to force.
Contact Us to Schedule a Dental Appointment
To learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our Yulee, FL dental office. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.