Did you know that more than 30 million American adults are missing all their teeth on the top arch, bottom arch or both? Estimated by the American Dental Implant Association, this statistic speaks to a tremendous need for healthy, functional, natural-looking tooth replacements such as dental implants from Cocoa, FL dentist, Dr. Dieter Burr.
Don’t be a statistic
Unfortunately, some devastating problems accompany tooth loss– things such as:
- the shifting and weakening of neighboring teeth
- prematurely aged appearance (skin wrinkling, reduced facial height at the mouth)
- jaw and gum recession
- serious health problems associated with the periodontal disease that often precipitates tooth loss (including osteoporosis, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, dementia, and arthritis)
Dr. Dieter Burr, Cocoa, FL dentist at Advanced Dental Care, offers leading-edge dental implant restorations to replace one or more teeth or to support partial or full dentures. Made of biocompatible titanium, dental implants reside in the jaw bone, providing a secure foundation for natural looking and functioning prosthetic teeth.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, more than 90 percent of dental implants are successfully placed and retained for years, giving patients an option that is more economical in the long run. Dental implants rarely require replacement the way traditional bridges and dentures routinely do.
Additionally, implants “exercise” the jaw, conferring the forces of biting and chewing right into the bone and preserving its density and strength. Other prosthetics cannot deliver this important health benefit.
The implant procedure
A dentist or oral surgeon qualified in the dental implant procedure performs it in-office using local anesthesia. Good implant candidates:
- possess adequately sized jaw bone
- are in good oral and general health
- have good oral hygiene routines at home
- do not smoke as this habit often leads to infectious peri-implantitis (similar to gum disease)
After incising the gums and drilling a small hole in the jaw bone, the doctor screws the titanium device into the bone. The site heals over several weeks, providing time for the bone to attach securely to the implant through a process called osseointegration.
During a subsequent dental visit, the Cocoa, FL dentist attaches a metal alloy extension post to the implant and bonds a porcelain crown to the post. He ensures the crown matches surrounding teeth and bites properly in relation to the opposing arch.
Longevity of dental implants
Dr. Burr states that with twice a day brushing and daily flossing at home, along with 6-month check-ups and cleanings, dental implants stay in place for years. Patients report that the devices feel just like their real teeth.
Contact Advanced Dental Care
If you have missing or failing teeth, contact the staff at Advanced Dental Care in Cocoa, FL. Dr. Burr will fully evaluate your smile to determine if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.