February 12, 2021

 

Dear Valued Patients,

 

Serving you for 26 years has transformed me and my profession as a dentist. For this, I feel honored to serve each of you in managing your dental health. It is time for me to pass the baton. I am privileged to pass the dental practice that I hold in my heart, Aesthetic and General Dentistry, to Dr. Peter Kelly, a qualified and knowledgeable dentist with a myriad of talents and experience.

 

I will still be here to offer my services in the next few months, to assist Dr. Kelly and his partners in this transition. I am also happy to inform you that our entire outstanding dental team will remain with Dr. Kelly. I have confidence that Dr. Kelly will continue the practice’s mission of providing excellent dental care.

 

Thank you so much for all the experience in becoming a better dentist to you. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I will remember you, the relationship, and the memories.

 

With best wishes and deep gratitude,

 

Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

Implant-Supported Crowns

Single lost teeth are traditionally replaced with bridges, which require significant reduction of healthy surrounding teeth.

Implant-supported crowns by Dr. Alfredo Gapuz eliminate the need to remove dental tissue while preserving the health of your jawbone.

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Implant-supported crowns can provide stable, natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. These innovative restorations will also replace your dental roots, ensuring lasting results and overall improved oral health. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. After the healing process, your dentist will attach a permanent, custom-crafted crown to replace a missing tooth. At Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Orlando, FLDr. Alfredo Gapuz performs all stages of implant dentistry. He has extensive training both in the placement and the restoration of dental implants. He is also a member of the International College of Oral Implantology. With his considerable skill and experience, he can perform a safe and efficient surgery with minimal discomfort.

Is an Implant-Supported Crown Right for You?

If you are missing a single tooth, you may be a suitable candidate for an implant-supported crown. This type of restoration may also be recommended if the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile are not strong enough to support a traditional bridge.

By replacing the root of your tooth, your implant can stimulate tissue growth to prevent bone recession and additional tooth loss.

Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your jawbone health to determine your candidacy for an implant-supported crown. If the bone has receded, which can often occur after tooth loss, it can result in a weak foundation for implants. However, a bone graft can often restore your candidacy by rebuilding the lost tissue. 

What to Expect during the Implant Procedure

At Aesthetic and General Dentistry, we use advanced technology to plan treatments with great precision. Dr. Gapuz will use x-rays and 3-D scans to evaluate the shape of your jawbone and find the optimal position for your implant. Prior to the surgery, you will receive local anesthesia and a form of sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Dr. Gapuz will place a small titanium post in your jawbone, accessing the area through an incision in your gums. After placement, it usually takes between four and six months for your jaw to fully heal and the implant to integrate with the bone. Once recovery is complete, Dr. Gapuz will attach the final crown, created to blend in with the appearance of your smile. He has extensive experience in neuromuscular dentistry and can ensure that the restoration preserves the normal balance of your bite and does not put undue pressure on your jaw joints.

Illustration of an implant-supported crown
Implant-supported crowns can provide stable, natural-looking replacements for missing teeth.

Enhanced Comfort and Stability

While a traditional bridge can replace a missing tooth and restore your smile, an implant-supported crown can offer unrivaled comfort and stability. Patients can eat and speak without worrying about their prosthetic slipping out of place. Additionally, replacing missing tooth roots can help prevent further bone recession by providing the necessary stimulation to the jaw.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Gapuz

To find out if an implant-supported crown is the best way to restore your smile, please contact our office online today. You can also reach us by calling (407) 251-5100.

Dr. Gapuz

Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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