We Place Dental Implants at Our Melbourne, FL Practice
Many people feel embarrassed about missing teeth. Even if you have a removable replacement tooth, you still have to remove it when eating and sleeping, leaving you with a gap that everyone can see. This can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Not to mention, it isn’t good for your oral health. If you’re finally ready to do something about your missing tooth or teeth, you need to call Dr. James G. Trantham for information on dental implants in Melbourne, FL. Implants are the strongest and most aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option available today, making it the best choice for you. Contact our office today to make an appointment to learn more about this procedure.
What Are Dental Implants?
A tooth is made up of two main parts. The crown sits above the gum line, while the root is the portion that lies below the gum. While older tooth replacement options have only replaced the crown, dental professionals have since discovered how important it also is to replace the root. Without a root in place, your jaw phone can begin to shrink and weaken, causing further dental problems with other teeth down the line. However, a dental implant replaces both the crown and root, placing a titanium post in the jaw to act as a tooth root and prevent the jaw from shrinking. Not to mention, it also provides secure support for the replacement crown, which sits atop the metal post.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
While placing dental implants may seem like a complicated procedure, its actually a relatively straightforward process. Before we begin any dental work, we will first have you come to our office for a consultation. During this appointment, we’ll assess the area where the tooth is missing and go over the steps of the implant procedure. This way, you will have a full understanding of what will be happening. The dental implant process includes three main phases:
Placing a dental implant will require a minor surgical procedure during which a small incision is made in the gum before the metal implant is positioned in your jaw. We’ll map out the area to ensure we place the implant in the exact right position for both function and appearance.
Once we place the implant, you will undergo a healing period of four to six months. While the gums heal quickly, your jaw bone needs this time to bond with the new metal implant, making a supportive base for the new tooth. We will fit you with a temporary replacement tooth during this healing period so that you won't be without teeth.
After the implant has had time to fully heal and bond with the bone, you will return to our office to have the permanent replacement crown attached to the metal post. This completes the procedure, and you'll have a durable replacement for years to come.
Can I Afford Dental Implants?
You may think dental implants are too expensive for your budget. The truth is, dental implants are a very worthwhile investment. You should not let their initial cost scare you away. Though you may pay more upfront for an implant, alternative options like bridges and dentures, require regular maintenance and refittings. Those costs added up over time will likely total more than the price of a dental implant, which does not require any additional care other than brushing and flossing. This makes them the smarter choice for your tooth replacement.
All-On-Four Dental Implants
Most people think of dental implants as a way to replace a single missing tooth. However, implants can be used to replace several missing teeth as well as to restore an entire arch of teeth. Using a procedure known as All-On-Four, the team at Dr. James G. Trantham can strategically place implants to support an entire arch of replacement teeth, completely restoring your smile. We can complete this process for the lower arch, the upper arch, or both. And the good news is, you can be fitted with a temporary denture on the same day as your implant placement surgery, so you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you have a missing tooth that’s causing you embarrassment? Are you concerned all of your teeth will need to be replaced? Whatever your problem, Dr. James G. Trantham is here to help you find a solution. Our dental team will first schedule a consultation where we will take a look at the current condition of your teeth and gums and determine which option is best for replacement. You can count on us to provide services to restore your smile. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.