Do you have missing teeth? Do you wish you could smile confidently again and enjoy eating all the delicious foods you love?
At Mint Dental Care in Odessa, FL (formerly Dental Pros of Tampa), Dr. Hayder Kafaji offers expert dental implant placement and restoration. Dental implants restore your smile and oral health and are a long-term tooth replacement that can last for decades when cared for properly.
What Does a Dental Implant Do?
When you lose a tooth, the bone that supports it immediately starts to shrink. This occurs because the tooth root that keeps the jawbone strong and healthy is gone. A dental implant is a small titanium post that solves the problem by taking over for the lost root.
Our dentist places the implant post in the jawbone surgically, and since titanium is compatible with living tissue, it bonds with bone and tissue as it heals. After 3–6 months, healing is complete, and the implant root becomes part of the jawbone's anatomy.
The final step is to attach a custom crown, bridge, or denture to the implant to complete your smile and restore lost chewing function.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have been used for decades and have an impressive success rate of 95 percent! They are a dentist's preferred method of tooth replacement, and we can sum up their benefits by saying that implants look, act, and function the most like a real tooth.
- Improved appearance — The obvious benefit is that an implant completes your smile. The crown of the implant that people see is a durable, natural-looking tooth restoration customized for your smile.
- Improved chewing function — One or more missing teeth make it nearly impossible to chew comfortably and enjoy all your favorite foods. A dental implant tooth is as stable as a natural tooth and restores lost chewing function and your ability to eat whatever you like.
- Improved jawbone health — Tooth loss leads to shrinking bone in your jaw, but placing a dental implant stops the bone loss. The titanium implant acts as a replacement tooth root to stimulate the jawbone and keep it strong and healthy.
Replace One or Multiple Teeth with Implants
Another benefit of dental implants is that they can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. For single tooth replacement, Dr. Hayder customizes a beautiful porcelain or zirconia dental crown and attaches it to the implant post in your jaw.
If you are missing multiple teeth, we recommend a bridge or full denture supported by several implants. Implant dentures are so stable that you can eat, speak, and laugh without fear of your dentures shifting or moving.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Most people with missing teeth are candidates for implants, but the only way to know for certain if they're right for you is to schedule an exam with Dr. Hayder. The main requirement is that the jawbone in the area where we place the implant is strong and healthy. If yours isn't, don't worry! A procedure called bone grafting can build up the area and make an implant a possibility in the future.
Learn More about Dental Implants in Odessa, FL
If you would like to see if you're a good dental implant candidate, please call Mint Dental Care to schedule an appointment.
We offer implant dentistry for patients in Tampa, Odessa, Greater Northdale, Keystone, Westchase, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Cheval, Lutz, and surrounding communities.