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By Acuña Dentistry
January 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Would you like to close the gap in your smile for good? Would you like to enjoy a natural appearance and great oral function? Then, you dental implantsmay be a candidate for dental implants, the best tooth replacements available today. Dr. Edgar Acuña places dental implants in Winter Park area patients who have good oral and systemic health and sufficient jaw bone density to support these amazing restorations. You could have a perfect smile again at Acuña Dentistry.

Dental implants are like real teeth

How is this possible? A single dental implant has three parts:

  • A titanium screw or cylinder which the doctor inserts into the jaw during an in-office oral surgery
  • A metal alloy post or abutment which extends above the gums
  • A realistic porcelain crown which tops off the implant

After Dr. Acuña places the titanium implant, this amazing device and the jaw bone bond together through something known as osseointegration. This process takes several weeks to months, but the wait is well worth it because osseointegration provides solid anchorage for the rest of the tooth replacement.

Additionally, it strengthens the jaw bone each time the patient bites and chews with it, creating superior function and stability. Typically, conventional tooth replacements, such as dentures and bridgework, just rest on the gums. Over time, gum tissue and bone recede, changing facial appearance and the ability to bite, chew, and speak. Patients who have dental implants--either single ones or multiples which support prosthetics such as full dentures--say they cannot tell their implants from their natural teeth.

Caring for dental implants in Winter Park

While the dental implant process takes more time and more money than other tooth replacement options, the investment pays big dividends. Once integrated, implants likely last a lifetime--40 to 50 years, states the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Rarely do they fail or need replacement.

Also, dental implants are easy to care for by:

  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily to keep implant sites clean
  • Wearing a mouth guard if you grind your teeth
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Stopping smoking

This last item is so important. Cigarette and smokeless tobacco contain toxins which degrade the gums and bone around the implant. In fact, the heat in cigarette smoke actually burns soft oral tissues, setting them up for an infection called peri-implantitis. It's similar to advanced gum disease and may necessitate implant removal. So if you smoke, see your physician about a tobacco cessation program.

Learn more

If you'd like to close your smile gap for good, contact Acuña Dentistry in Winter Park, FL, today to arrange a dental implant consultation. Get your questions answered, and start smiling just like other implant patients. Call (407) 647-6261 to speak with a friendly team member.