Have you been considering dental implants? At Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach, we are proud to provide our patients with the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding this treatment. Dental implants are a large investment but are undoubtedly worth it for the right patient.
Our Jacksonville, FL team of experienced dental professionals can perform both dental implant placement and successful restoration—ensuring you complete the process from start to finish in one office. Read on to learn more about how dental implants can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium—a biocompatible material that is capable of fusing with the jawbone. The implant acts as an anchor and provides a secure, lasting base for replacement teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are a permanent solution.
While the implant post is the main component of the implant, other parts are necessary for successful treatment. In addition to the post, an abutment is needed to connect the post to the restoration. The restoration component is the visible, replacement tooth; this could be a crown, bridge, or full arch prosthetic—depending on the patient’s needs and preferences.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits over traditional prosthetics, including:
- Improved durability: Dental implants offer superior durability and stability compared to bridges, dentures, and other types of dental restorations.
- Better comfort: Unlike dentures, implants do not require uncomfortable adhesives and do not cause irritation.
- Improved health: Implants help maintain bone mass and actively preserve the integrity of your jawbone by stimulation during chewing.
- Aesthetics: Because implants are fused to the jawbone, they look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
- Convenience: Dental implants are easy to care for and do not require special attention beyond brushing and flossing.
Types Of Dental Implants
Dental implants have become increasingly popular due to their ability to replace teeth lost to trauma, decay, or infection. Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach offers several types of dental implants to meet the needs of our patients, including single tooth implants, implant-supported bridges, and full arch prosthetics. Please read below to learn more about our options!
Single Tooth Implants
Single tooth implants are used when replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth in different areas of the mouth. This type of implant includes an implant post, abutment, and a porcelain crown restoration. While a single missing tooth can often be replaced with a bridge, an implant provides a more permanent, secure solution.
When multiple teeth are missing in the same area, an implant-supported bridge may be the best option. This type of prosthetic consists of two implants and a row of replacement teeth connected to the abutments on either side. The prosthetic is firmly attached to the implants for maximum stability—deriving its strength directly from the jawbone.
Unlike a traditional bridge, implant-supported bridges do not require anchorage from neighboring teeth, so there is no need to modify or compromise your remaining natural teeth.
For patients missing a full arch of teeth, All-On-4 Implants can offer an ideal solution. This type of implant utilizes only four implants to secure a full arch restoration, providing superior stability and improved quality of life. By strategically placing these implants, optimal strength can be provided to stabilize the appliance while avoiding pockets of deteriorated bone mass, preventing patients from having to undergo bone grafting.
This procedure is often completed in one day with minimal downtime; that way, patients can leave the office with a beautiful, new smile.
While a large focus of the dental implant procedure is on the surgical placement of the implant post, the restoration process is just as important. As the final step, this process involves the creation and placement of the visible, replacement teeth.
At Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach, all implant restorations are designed with the highest quality materials and crafted to match your natural smile. The restoration is what brings appeal and function to the implant and ultimately completes the smile.
If you are considering dental implants, contact Atlantic Dentistry at Atlantic Beach today to schedule a consultation! Our team of experienced professionals will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs. With our advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology, you can be sure that you will receive the highest quality of care. Don’t wait to restore your smile—call us today!