Dental Implants – Greenacres,FL

If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. West Palm Beach Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with comfort and confidence.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.

The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, the Ferber Dental Group will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors, such as hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary teeth and eat a soft diet at this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The Ferber Dental Group will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks we will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

What Types of Prosthesis are Available?

A single prosthesis ( crown ) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge ) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.

The Ferber Dental Group performs in-office dental implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

The Doctors of the Ferber Dental Group have received extensive training in Dental Implantology. Through continuing education, the Ferber Dental Group is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry, such as TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ .

Bridgework vs Implant/Crown for a single missing tooth

Replacing your missing teeth with a fixed bridge treatment option versus dental implant solutions may require permanent changes to adjacent natural teeth. To create a fixed bridge to replace a single missing tooth, your dentist must first grind down adjacent healthy teeth to support a fixed bridge. This may significantly compromise the life expectancy of the supporting teeth due to the permanent changes to the tooth structure. Additionally, there are other risk factors such as bacterial access to the supporting teeth, which can lead to dental decay and gum disease, as well as possible oral bone and tissue loss. Unlike a fixed bridge, replacing a single missing tooth with dental implants limits the compromise to the surrounding natural teeth.

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Replacing Multiple Teeth

Replacing multiple teeth can be achieved with a multiple single tooth implant restoration, with an implant fixed bridge, or with and implant retained removal snap in partial without clips. Implant bridges replace the support lost as a result of mising teeth, avoid the need to drill the adjacent teeth and do not require an implant for every missing tooth.

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Replacing several teeth with a fixed partial denture

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Full denture supported by ball attachment insert
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Full denture supported by dolder bar insert