The decision to have your missing teeth replaced is an important one, and your choice of implant dentist should not be made lightly. Dr. Gapuz and his dental team have the expertise necessary to ensure your new smile is the best it can be with state-of-the-art dental implants placed at our Orlando, FL, practice.
The Art of the Dental Implant
Dental implants provide the opportunity not only to replace your missing teeth, but to create a custom-made smile that feels and looks natural. Implants are anchored so they do not move in your mouth. There is no bulky plastic artificial palate to get used to, nor is there any need for dental adhesive. You will have a complete artificial root attached to a crown or bridge which will beautifully complement your natural smile.
Dr. Gapuz takes advantage of state-of-the-art techniques in implant dentistry to ensure your dental implants have the highest rate of success. This includes assessing the condition of your mouth and jaw, ensuring your gums are healthy, and screening for issues that could compromise your healing, including:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Certain medications prescribed for osteoporosis
Some problems can be treated before the implant process begins, but others might indicate you are not a good candidate for this treatment option. If this is the case, Dr. Gapuz will discuss alternatives that will also provide you with a beautiful new smile. If you are a good candidate but are concerned about cost, he can also help determine the most affordable option for your needs.
Dr. Gapuz takes advantage of state-of-the-art techniques in implant dentistry to ensure your dental implants have the highest rate of success.
Ensuring Proper Placement of Implants
The success of a dental implant depends upon having a solid foundation of bone to support the titanium root. During the healing process, the bone bonds to the root, creating a permanent connection. This process is called osseointegration. It not only allows the implant to remain stationary, but it also allows the root to stimulate bone growth as you bite and chew. Without sufficient bone, the implant will fail, eventually becoming loose and even falling out.
Using detailed x-rays and 3-D imaging techniques helps Dr. Gapuz map out the landscape of your jawbone to determine if the bone is sufficient to support an implant. To ensure the implant procedure has the best chance of succeeding, a preliminary bone graft may be necessary to provide a better foundation.
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Your Implant Consultation
Your journey towards a restored and healthy smile begins with a consultation. During this visit, Dr. Gapuz will discuss your goals and the stages of the implant process so you will have a good idea what to expect. Any health issues that could affect the success of your implants, such as teeth requiring root canal therapy or existing Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), should be addressed first. The process of placing implants varies depending on each patient’s unique situation, so it is important to have realistic expectations about the treatment timeline.
Determine the Best Option for You
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, call us at (407) 251-5001 or contact our office online today. The team at Aesthetic and General Dentistry can answer all your questions and provide the advanced care you need to restore your smile.