Dental Implants Overview
If you are looking for a long-lasting restoration to replace a missing tooth or teeth, seasoned dentist Dr. Dieter Burr is happy to offer dental implants for his patients in Cocoa, FL. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. The post or posts can be attached to a bridge, denture, or crown for a natural-looking restoration that can be used like your real teeth. When you want to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation to hear more about dental implants at Advanced Dental Care. You may enjoy dental implants if you want to avoid food restrictions or removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Burr at our Cocoa, FL office about your needs and decide if implants are a good choice for you.
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Implant dentistry can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth by connecting it to an implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture. You may enjoy an implant if you have a dental restoration, but are bothered by the look, comfort, or special cleaning that is required. Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like your regular teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. In your dental implant consultation, Dr. Burr will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to decide if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. If needed, a gum or bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to strengthen the implant's foundation. Dental implant surgery is not a good choice if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are in treatment for another condition, including gingivitis.
What To Expect with Dental Implants
Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, plus gum or bone grafts. As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Sedation methods can be included to keep you comfortable during the process. Dr. Burr will create an incision in your gums and then insert the titanium post into your jawbone. The incision will be sutured closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if several posts are needed. As the implant integrates with the jawbone and gums over the next several months, a temporary crown will be used to cover and protect the implants. Once Dr. Burr decides the dental implant is healed into your jaw and gums, the custom restoration (bridge, denture, or crown) will be attached to the post and adjusted for a proper fit.
Dental Implants Recovery
You may notice some temporary swelling in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding following your dental implant surgery. Dr. Burr will tell you how much of this is normal and when to contact our office. He may also write a prescription for pain medications and antibiotics. As soon as your implants have healed and your customized restoration has been attached, you should maintain a good home oral care routine, including flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. You should attend annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Advanced Dental Care so Dr. Burr can track the health of your implants and restorations. He will decide if your implants or restorations need to be repaired or replaced.
Dental Implants Insurance Coverage
Depending on your dental insurance and exact coverage, a portion of the cost of your implant surgery and restoration may be covered. Our office will contact your insurance company to determine your policy and calculate your out-of-pocket costs. In your consultative appointment with Dr. Burr, he will help estimate your costs and talk to you about payment methods, including medical financing.
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Implant dentistry can be a wonderful choice if you would like a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth or teeth that's easy to clean and lasts for years. Dr. Burr can help you understand the entire procedure including surgery to implant the posts and your custom restoration options. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care.
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