After suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are the best restorative solution for your long-term appearance and dental function. At Dental Wellness of Westchase, Drs. Amy Creech-Gionis and Lennie Stern provide dental implants for Tampa, FL, patients who may be missing one or more teeth. Traditionally, the standard approach to tooth replacement has involved dentures, partial dentures, or bridges. However, in the past 30 years, dental implants have become the superior tooth replacement option, due to their natural feel, stability, and durability.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option, made from biocompatible titanium. It is precisely placed where the tooth roots were lost allowing natural bone to securely anchor your new crown, bridge, or denture.
Drs. Creech-Gionis and Stern will work with you to determine the arrangement, number of implants, and the type of restorations that will best restore your smile and confidence.
How are Dental Implants Different?
Our teeth are composed of two parts: the root sits below the gum line and the crown is the visible portion above the gums. Traditional dentures and bridges replace only the crowns of the teeth, and therefore they never function as well as natural teeth. Ultimately, patients may not be able to enjoy the full range of healthy foods needed for a balanced diet. Traditional denture wearers may also face discomfort dining in the presence of family and friends, as dental plates can slip loose when speaking or eating.
Dental implants are different because, once restored, they replace the whole tooth, root and crown. This option feels more natural and requires fewer changes to your diet and routines. This innovation allows you to enjoy the same range of foods you enjoyed before tooth loss and the same dental stability and aesthetics.
Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Not only do missing teeth negatively affect your appearance and self-confidence, but they can also limit your quality of life. Even the loss of one tooth can alter the way you bite and chew your food, and lead to a cascade of changes in the health of your smile. When a tooth is lost, adjacent teeth will slowly drift into the gap, which upsets your alignment and destabilizes the nearby teeth. These shifts can change your bite, and lead to teeth becoming loose, worn, or cracked, and place patients at higher risk for issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Since dental implants replace tooth roots, patients retain their original bone structure for maintained aesthetics and a stronger, healthier bite.
Losing teeth can also permanently change your facial appearance. When roots are no longer present in the jaw, our bodies stop sending the vital minerals required to maintain healthy bone tissue. Without these minerals, the jawbone can begin to shrink, leading to sunken cheeks, lines and wrinkles around the mouth, and a weakened foundation for other teeth. Since dental implants replace tooth roots, patients retain their original bone structure for maintained aesthetics and a stronger, healthier bite.
How Treatment Works
Dental implants have a more involved process and treatment timeline than traditional restorative options. To begin your treatment, our doctors will evaluate your oral and overall health using a number of diagnostic scans. These scans will allow your dentist to map the bone and tissues that can properly support dental implants. Some patients may require bone grafting if they have suffered from bone loss, or a sinus lift if the sinus has expanded after tooth loss.
Rebuild Your Smile
Our team is dedicated to helping patients achieve lasting oral health and confidence in their smiles. Call our office at (813) 855-2273 or reach out online to discuss your dental implants options.