The team here at Coastal Jaw Surgery has helped numerous patients in and around the Tampa Bay area at our offices in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill get healthy and beautiful smiles. In a number of cases, this has been achieved with dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots that secure bridges, dentures, or crowns.
Dental implants differ from removable dental appliances in many ways. Dental implants are more expensive than removable dental appliances, but many patients feel they are worth the increase in cost. The difference in feel and appearance alone makes the decision to get dental implants an easy one. However, candidates for dental implants now have options as far as what kind of dental implants they can receive.
Today, we’ll look at two of those options: traditional dental implants and Same Day Teeth®.
First, there are traditional dental implants. Traditional dental implants require two surgeries and several months of healing time; but with proper care, they can last a lifetime. These implants require several months of healing before they can be restored with a permanent crown or dentures. However, since they achieve greater surface contact with the jaw, they provide exceptional support, and are considered more durable than mini implants.
The second option for dental implants is Same Day Teeth®. This process places and restores traditional implants in one visit, providing increased functionality and immediate enhancement. In most cases, mini dental implants can also be placed and restored in a single session.
Who is a good candidate for traditional dental implants?
A good candidate for traditional dental implants are those who have suffered from tooth loss and are looking to bring form and function back to their mouth. Traditional dental implants have a diameter of three to five millimeters, and provide the most dependable support for a restoration.
However, they require ample bone tissue for support. If you have waited to address missing teeth, you may have experienced some degree of bone atrophy. In this case, a bone graft may be necessary to create a suitable base for traditional implants.
However, certain diseases or conditions may affect whether you are a good candidate for a bone graft procedure. You can discuss your medical history and any concerns or questions you may have with your surgeon ahead of your procedure.
Who is a good candidate for Same Day Teeth®?
Patients who are missing some or all of their teeth may be candidates for Same Day Teeth®. Before the procedure, your bite should be free from periodontal disease and decay. Some patients may require a bone grafting procedure prior to their implant surgery in order to restore lost bone tissue. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to atrophy, and if you have waited to address missing teeth, the jaw may not have enough tissue to support the implants. We are able to perform whatever treatments are necessary to prepare our patients for their Same Day Teeth® procedure. If you would like to find out about your candidacy, we encourage you to schedule a personal consultation.
Benefits: Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants provide most of the same benefits as mini implants and Same-Day Teeth®. They allow your new smile to look natural and healthy, but also provide many functional purposes. Implant-supported dentures keep your teeth from shifting, and help maintain facial symmetry. Implant-supported restorations are the closest alternative to your original teeth, allowing you to live life without feeling self-conscious as a result of missing or damaged teeth.
Most importantly, they help you maintain a healthy jawbone. When patients suffer from tooth loss, the jawbone begins to atrophy, or shrink. Only dental implants can stimulate the bone in a way that prevents atrophy. Like your teeth, the durable implants require regular checkups. With proper care, traditional implants can be more dependable than mini implants, typically lasting 40 years or more.
Traditional implants keep your restorations firmly in place, allowing you to enunciate clearly, as well as enjoy all of your favorite foods without hesitation. Implant-supported restorations are the closest alternative to your original teeth, allowing you to live life without feeling self-conscious as a result of missing or damaged teeth.
Benefits: Same Day Teeth®
Dental implants can be the very best available restorative option for patients who have suffered tooth loss. An implant-supported restoration can replace the entire structure of the tooth, from root to crown. However, traditional implants require at least two surgical procedures that are spaced months apart to allow the implant sufficient healing time to integrate within the jawbone. With Same Day Teeth®, we are able to immediately place your restorations on the same day as your implant procedure.
Contact Coastal Jaw Surgery
Call us today at 1-800-NEW-LOOK (Outside Florida: 727-877-0011) to learn more about the cost of dental implants or use the contact form below to reach out to us. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience.
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