Reliable Dental Implants in West Palm Beach
From breaking down your food to dazzling others with your smile, your teeth play an important role. It is important to keep them healthy and strong.
Teeth that are stained, cracked, or chipped can have a stronger negative effect on our lives than we may think. A seemingly minor toothache could make a bad day insufferable. Likewise, damaged teeth can make you a bit guarded with your smile.
Dental implants can be a great solution for anyone with a tooth damaged beyond repair or a gap from a previously pulled tooth.
Far from being just a cosmetic replacement, dental implants can help you maintain the rest of your teeth by preserving the jaw and keeping your other teeth in line. So although a dental implant may help you feel better about your smile, there are also many positive health benefits. Let our dental professionals at Weinberg Dentistry teach you more about this amazing dental advancement!
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Dental Implants: The Benefits
Some teeth are less strong than others. Some patients require advanced tooth care sooner because, despite best efforts, their teeth are more susceptible to cavities and infection. Even in the worst of dental situations, Weinberg Dentistry is here to help.
If your teeth can be treated with a simple filling, we’d prefer to do that. Crowns and fillings can help repair some of the less extreme issues with teeth, but when a tooth has been too damaged, extraction may be the recommended course of action.
Dental implants can be a permanent and reliable treatment for damaged teeth. We would love to chat with you more about implants and how they can benefit you.
Health Hazards of Moving Teeth
Years of use and exposure can leave your teeth weak and susceptible to harmful bacteria. Seemingly minor toothaches can become sites of infection, leading to heavy structural hazards.
Depending on the circumstances, removing a tooth may be the necessary course of action to save your oral health, but if not replaced right away, an absent tooth can cause other problems. Missing teeth can lead to:
- Shifting teeth.
- Pain when chewing.
- Infection in toothless areas of your gums.
- Jaw problems like TMD.
- Excessive wear on teeth around the gap.
Filling the gap with a bridge or dental implant is in your best interest to keep your teeth from becoming uncomfortable and crooked. You can avoid having issues with shifting teeth by preemptively caring for your mouth now.
There are a few options available for filling the gaps between teeth. Dental implants are a sturdy, long-lasting, effective option that can give you a brand new smile that brings you added confidence and good health.
Maintaining Your Smile
Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth and preserve your smile. They also act as prosthetic roots for your teeth. As such, they do more than just fill in the gaps, they keep teeth from shifting and also help prevent tooth loss by encouraging healthy bone growth.
The roots of your teeth give strength to your jaw. The presence of a healthy tooth root helps your bone and tissue growth. Without the presence of some sort of root structure, your jawbone can degrade, further weakening your other teeth in the process.
A dental implant and its crown are made to completely replace a missing tooth, root, and all. The presence of the implant firmly embedded in the jaw will help:
- Prevent teeth from shifting.
- Keep bones strong.
- Protect against infection.
- Provide a long-lasting and firm base for chewing.
An implant is installed bit by bit and will be capped off with a CEREC crown that will look and feel just like your other teeth. Within no time, you will forget you even have a dental implant!
Now Is the Time To Act
Because changes in your mouth may take months or years, they are easy to overlook. The worst effects from missing teeth may not manifest until long after you have become accustomed to life without a certain tooth. By the time you do notice, preventative measures will do you little good.
Meet with Dr. Weinberg to discuss your specific situation. We’re eager to help you maintain your smile and oral health so that you can live your best life.
Weinberg Dentistry is committed to providing incredibly safe and effective treatment. There’s no need to leave the West Palm Beach area for quality care. For a private consultation, you can call or just stop by. We’re excited to meet you!
How Does the Dental Implant Process Work?
It takes time to get a dental implant. Even if your mouth is healthy (apart from your missing tooth), to allow your mouth to adjust to each part of the process, it can take months to get a dental implant.
Preparation for the Implant
Our dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam before taking any measures to install an implant. If you have recently had a dental procedure, like an extraction, you will need time to recover fully. A very important part of this exam is a thorough inspection of the jawbone in the area the dental implant will go.
After this exam, we’ll have all the information we need to proceed including:
- Whether or not you need a bone graft.
- A treatment plan geared to your needs.
- Impressions and x-rays that will guide the implant process.
It is necessary to place your implant in a healthy section of bone. If your jawbone is weakened from years of missing a tooth, it will be necessary to strengthen it. For those who need a transplant, there are several options:
- Natural: You can choose to have your bone graft performed from your body.
- Synthetic: A bone graft can also be taken from synthetic material.
Recovery from a bone graft may take many months. You must be fully healed before the metal implant surgery can take place. Not all patients need a bone graft to be able to get a dental implant; we will help to determine if you require one and provide you with options.
We will offer sedation dentistry so that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The surgeon will examine your jawbone carefully and then insert the holes for the post. The implant’s metal shaft will then be inserted and secured firmly into your jawbone.
After the surgery is over, we’ll wait to complete the tooth restoration until you’ve had plenty of time to recover. Before the next phase, it is essential that your bone heals completely. The final portion of your new implant will be installed after your gums and jaw have recovered and adjusted to the post. You may be able to have a temporary cap placed over the implant depending on your needs and preferences.
After the implant post has healed, your jawbone will be ready for placement. Because the cap of the tooth cannot be placed directly on the post, a special appliance called an abutment is necessary.
An abutment will allow our dentists to create a custom crown for your tooth and fit it easily to your implant. To do this, your implant will need to be gently exposed, having all the regenerated tissue cleared from the area for the new device.
Recovery from this operation will take some time as well, but not as much time as the placement surgery. The crown can be installed a few more weeks after the implant post has been attached to the abutment.
To determine the size and shape of your crown, we’ll use impressions of your teeth. The CEREC 3D printer allows us to make your crown in one visit. Your new crown will not only perform well, but it will also match your existing teeth perfectly.
This final step does not require surgery. We will secure your unique crown to the top of the abutment and you’ll have everything set. Your crown will be ready to use once it is fully installed. Now your new tooth will be able to handle everything your natural teeth can!
Dental Implants FAQ
How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?
Before we start treatment, we take the time to fully understand your financial situation. We are committed to ensuring that you have a pleasant and successful outcome. This is possible by paying attention to your dental concerns and coming to an agreement about the financial and treatment aspects.
We accept most major insurances, but because of the complexity and scope of insurance contracts, we cannot guarantee coverage. We can, however, estimate your coverage. The claims are sent electronically. It is important to understand your insurance plan and your financial responsibilities concerning your plan.
We have several payment options (see our Finance and Insurance page) to choose from, to accommodate patients in all sorts of financial situations.
Accepted payment methods include:
- Master Card.
- American Express.
We also offer third-party healthcare financing, which offers many plan options to meet your financial needs.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
After your dental implants are installed, the surgical procedures may cause your mouth in the area of the new dental implant to feel tender. These procedures will not be performed unless we have confirmed that the anesthesia has worked. The procedure should be painless.
Recovering from each phase of the implantation process depends on your health and self-care. Our dentists may recommend a different diet to avoid foods that could potentially irritate recovering areas.
After the crown has been installed on your implant and your gums have adjusted to the new device, your implant just needs to be cared for like a regular tooth. There may be some slight discomfort as your gums adjust, but this should subside shortly.
In the rare event that pain persists longer than a week or two after the final placement, contact Weinberg Dentistry to see if additional care is needed.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Just like your teeth, dental implants need to be taken care of. Dental implants can last as long as 25 years or more if they are properly maintained. Your oral care is key to the longevity of your dental implant.
Bad dental hygiene can harm the health of your implants, just as it could with regular teeth. Plaque and infections can still irritate the implant so it is important that you have regular dental check-ups to clean and inspect your device.
If you have any problems with your implants such as persistent pain or crown falling out, please contact us immediately for an appointment!
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
You don’t have to worry about dental implants if you have healthy teeth.
So long as the root of your tooth is healthy and intact, a dental implant is probably not necessary. Our dentists make sure to avoid any unnecessary treatments. If a problem can be fixed with a filling or a crown, that is the preferred option.
Sometimes, a tooth might need to be removed. This is usually due to an infection that has reached the root of your tooth and cannot be saved.
A dental implant is a great option for teeth that have to be extracted. For more information, contact us today!
How Do I Prepare for Dental Implants?
Contact one of our dentists if you are thinking about or plan to get a dental implant. Their industry experience and knowledge can help you choose the course of action that will most improve your oral health. After a consultation, you may find a dental implant is unnecessary.
Before surgery, do what you can to be healthy and prepared for a somewhat lengthy recovery. Prepare your mouth for surgery by doing a thorough job of brushing and flossing. We typically advise our patients to forgo certain food and drink immediately before a procedure, but that information can be relayed later.
For the optimal recovery outcome, follow the instructions of your surgeon after your surgery, including diet and medication. This will mitigate any potentially unfavorable outcomes following the surgery.
Is There Any Additional Care After Dental Implants Are Installed?
It can take a long time to recover from an operation for a dental implant. You may need to follow a diet that includes soft foods and liquids after surgery. Additionally, we’ll instruct you on how to take care of the healing surgical wounds in your mouth.
There may be some soreness after your dental implant has been installed. Once your gums have healed around your implant, you will just need to care for your implant like you would any other tooth.
Your implant will be strong and clean by regular brushing twice daily and flossing once per day. While your mouth is healing, it may be best to not touch the area with your toothbrush or floss.
Boost Your Confidence With a New Smile!
A dental implant can make you feel more confident and can also help your overall oral health. If you think you could benefit from a dental implant, contact us for a consultation!
Dental implants are a high-quality, natural replacement for your teeth. Having a full tooth replacement is often more convenient and better for overall oral health than less expensive options such as bridges or retainers.
Our staff is professional, friendly, and committed to your health so that you can live a happy life. Give us a call if you have any questions! If you would like to talk about a dental implant in person, schedule a consultation!
Our patients receive personalized care and information. It doesn’t need to be difficult to take care of yourself. We make every effort to keep you informed about your healthcare needs at all times.
To find out if a dental implant is right for you, call or visit us today!