Today, dental implant restoration is a routine treatment option at Dr. Mitchell Josephs. For many years, the standard way to replace one or more lost or extracted teeth was with a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture. But, placing a dental bridge involves tooth reduction on either side of the gap left by the extracted teeth. Subsequently, an interconnected series of crowns are cemented onto the prepared supporting teeth. No tooth preparation is needed to place a dental implant.
The issue with a bridge is that two or more healthy teeth must be drilled down to make space for the crowns that supported the bridge. Therefore, a bridge is comprised of a series of interconnected crowns. This setup makes it difficult to clean the supporting teeth properly, which can lead to decay, cavities and eventually loss of the dental bridge.
Modern dentistry has eliminated these problems with dental implants. Quite simply put, the titanium implant post is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Therefore, the implant fills the space once occupied by the root of the missing tooth. After the insertion, the post integrates with the jaw as the bone grows around the implant over several months. This allows time for the implant to become fixed in your jawbone, providing a comfortable and stable foundation. Once healing has completed, your oral surgeon will expose the end of the implant so your dentist in Palm Beach can place the abutment and dental crown.
A completed restoration is quite remarkable. The implant serves as a replacement tooth root and the dental crown fills in space. The final product looks and functions like your natural tooth. This is the most natural, conservative and straightforward way to replace missing teeth. Implants in Palm Beach can also be placed to secure full dentures, particularly lower dentures with no suction. Contact Dr. Mitchell Josephs and book a consultation today with our Palm Beach dentist. We are happy to discuss just how simple it is to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile!