Dental Implants in Ponte Vedra Beach Transform Your Smile
For many years, the only ways to replace missing teeth were dentures or bridges. Now, qualified dental professionals have the ability to perform implant procedures. Dr. Harth and Dr. Townsend are uniquely qualified to treat the residents of Ponte Vedra Beach and the surrounding communities with dental implants, having completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate education in the placement and restoration of implants. They have completed hundreds of cases for many satisfied patients. They have studied under some of the finest teachers in dentistry, including Carl Misch, Frank Spear, and Peter Dawson.
We only use the finest dental implants, abutments, and crowns available. There are hundreds of different brands of implants available, a few of which are substantially better than the others. We only use implants from companies with a proven record of success over years of studies and analysis. We use one of the finest labs in America to fabricate our crowns, offering our patients the best in both esthetics and longevity.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed gently into bone to replace missing natural teeth. A crown can be placed on the implant and the result can be indistinguishable from natural healthy teeth. The implant also has biocompatibility, which means the implant and the patient’s natural bone will fuse together. It therefore has the ability to provide a strong foundation for a removable or fixed artificial tooth.
What are the advantages to dental implants?
- Dental implants have a natural esthetic appearance
- Since they are fused with the bone, they are permanent, unlike dentures.
- Implants are fixed in the mouth so they do not inhibit proper speech, comfort, and eating abilities like dentures do.
- Dental implants will replace chewing function much more than dentures.
- Implants can act as support for dentures so the denture does not rock, slip, or move in the mouth.
- Patients’ self-esteem is much-improved with implants.
- With uncorrected missing teeth, the jawbone can shrink, which makes for an older appearance. A dental implant will provide the bone with the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and supple.
Nearly everyone that is missing at least one tooth is a candidate for implants. The statistics show that in adults age 35 to 44, 69% have lost at least one permanent tooth. Accidents, gum disease, tooth decay, and congenital absence are all reasons why we lose our teeth. The main determining factor is the presence of available bone. Many patients who have been told previously that they were not candidates for dental implants may be candidates now. Our ability to replace missing bone has caught up with our ability to replace missing teeth. Age has been shown not to be a factor in the success of implants, so it is never too late. Your dentist can evaluate the possibilities for candidacy.
What Does a Dental Implant Consist Of?
Implants are made of three basic parts. First, a titanium implant is placed into the bone and fuses with the jawbone itself. Attached to that an abutment will fit over the implant. This essentially connects the implant with the crown. The crown is the visible portion of the prosthesis. This simulates a healthy natural tooth.
How Do I Care for Dental Implants?
Implant care is the same as the care recommended for natural teeth even though implants are not made of the same materials as natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are recommended.