At Ivette Guillermo D.M.D., we offer dental implants, artificial tooth roots that serve as anchors for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium or other materials that are biocompatible with the human body. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, where the bone fuses with it over time. This fusion process is called osseointegration and is what provides the implant’s stability. Once the implant has been fused to the bone, a replacement tooth can be attached. These implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
An endosteal implant is a type of dental implant in Miami, FL, that is surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the bone has healed around the implant, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. This type of implant is most commonly used when replacing a single tooth.
A subperiosteal implant is a dental implant placed on top of the jaw with the metal posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis in place. These implants are used when there is insufficient healthy bone to support an endosteal implant.
The Procedure of Dental Implants
Before you can get your implants placed, you must have an initial consultation with our dentist. During this appointment, our dentist in Miami, FL, will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If everything looks good, then you will be scheduled for the procedure.
Placement of the Implant
During the implant placement procedure, the titanium post will be surgically placed into the jawbone. This surgery is done under local anesthesia to numb the area and prevent you from feeling any pain. Once the implant is placed, it will take several months for the bone to grow around the implant and fuse with it. This process is called osseointegration.
After the bone around the implant has healed, you will return to our office to have the abutment placed. This is a small metal piece that connects the dental implant to the dental crown. Once it is in place, we will then take an impression of the area so that a crown can be created.
The final step is the placement of the crown. This custom-made restoration is designed to look just like a natural tooth. It will fit over the abutment and secure it to the implant. Our dentist will check to ensure the crown fits appropriately and then cement it into place.
Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth because they look and feel like natural teeth. If you are considering dental implants, visit Ivette Guillermo D.M.D. at 9970 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165, or call (305) 220-3777.