Do you have loose or painful dentures? Do you have failing teeth? Do you lack confidence in social situations because of your teeth? Do your teeth make you look older than you really are? Then dental implants in Jacksonville may be the solution for you. Working with some of North Florida’s best restorative dentists, Dr. Cherry can replace missing teeth or stabilize bothersome dentures. Dental implant solutions allow for a more youthful appearance and an enhanced quality of life that comes with being able to eat again with confidence.
The Benefit of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made of titanium and, essentially, replace the root portions of missing teeth. Custom fabricated teeth are attached to the implants and are very natural-looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile.
Dental Implants can benefit our Jacksonville patients in the following ways:
•Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
•Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
•Restore a patient’s confident smile.
•Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
•Restore or enhance facial tissues.
•Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
Restoring your Smile
Many tooth replacement options only replace the missing tooth, but neglect the importance of the tooth root. Without proper stimulation from the tooth root, the jaw bone beneath the missing tooth space begins to deteriorate, causing the gums around the adjacent teeth to recede and become exposed to greater decay. Additionally, if the jaw bone deteriorates too much, a bone graft may be required, should you wish to undergo a dental implant procedure in the future. Therefore, if you need to restore your smile with dental implants, Jacksonville dental implant dentist Dr. James Cherry will tell you there is no better time than now.
Anatomy of a Dental Implant Restoration
Aside from restoring your chewing capability and enhancing your smile, one of the greatest benefits of having a dental implant procedure performed is that it replaces both your missing tooth and the root. A tooth implant can be broken down into three basic components:
• Dental Implant Post – This part of the tooth implant resembles a tiny screw. The dental implant post is made of titanium so it can integrate with your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. During the dental implant procedure, the dental implant post is first surgically placed, and then the patient is allowed several months to heal so the implant is stable before the dental implant crown is attached.
• Abutment – After the tooth implant post has fused with the jaw bone, our Jacksonville dental implant dentist will attach a custom abutment to the post. The abutment is a small metal cap that connects the dental implant crown to the dental implant post.
• Tooth Restoration – The tooth restoration is the dental implant crown that attaches to the post. The restoration is usually made of porcelain and is formed to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Patients that are missing multiple teeth can choose to have an implant-supported dental bridge or dentures instead of multiple dental implant crowns.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
We understand that cost is an important factor when it comes to any dental procedure. The cost of dental implants depends on several factors including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Additionally, some procedures may be necessary before placement to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. If you wish to obtain an estimate specific to your case, it’s best to have Dr. Cherry perform an examination and discuss treatment goals.
High-Tech Solutions for Missing Teeth
Using the latest technology, such as digital x-rays and an in-house CAT scanner, we are able to provide you with the best care possible. With over 25 years of experience in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Cherry will provide you with the personalized and gentle treatment you deserve. If you would like to show off your smile again, dental implant services may be the right option for you. Our friendly staff is committed to ensuring that our patients are relaxed and comfortable during each and every visit with us.
We encourage you to learn more about our oral care services. Please contact our Jacksonville dentist office for more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
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