Dental IMplants in Sarasota, FL

Dental Implants – The Modern Way to Replace Missing Teeth

There’s nothing quite like an attractive bright smile to kick-start your day and help you engage with others, both in the workplace and socially. If your smile needs a helping hand then dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth replacement which looks and feels totally natural.

Understanding dental implants

A dental implant doesn’t just replace a missing tooth; it also puts a halt to the bone loss which occurs when a tooth is lost. Unlike other tooth replacement options, a dental implant replaces the entire structure, namely the crown and the tooth root, since it bonds with the surrounding bone to form a permanent fixture in the mouth. Extremely versatile, dental implants can be used to replace both single and multiple teeth, and in the case of denture wearers, can be used to stabilize their appliance, putting an end to sore gums and embarrassing movement, once and for all.

Color matched with remaining teeth for a natural and seamless appearance, the implant functions in much the same way as a real tooth, giving the patient the confidence to smile, talk, and eat whatever they want. Like your natural teeth, implant maintenance consists of daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular dental checks and hygienist appointments.

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The dental implant process

People of all ages can potentially benefit from a dental implant. However, they’re not suitable for everyone so the first part of the process is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Kira Gekht. She’ll examine your mouth, teeth and gums, and review your oral and medical health to ascertain if you’re a good fit for dental implants. Provided it’s a positive outcome, then a dental treatment plan will be drawn up so that you’re totally aware of what is happening, and when it’s happening.

Dental implants aren’t a quick-fix solution and take several months from start to finish, although this varies from one individual to another. Typically the dental implant process is divided into several stages as follows:

  • CT scans and X-rays are taken to gauge the height, width, and density of the bone at the proposed dental implant site
  • A dental surgeon inserts the implant post directly into the jawbone using a local anaesthetic or conscious sedation
  • The titanium post needs time to bond with the surrounding bone, making it strong enough to support replacement teeth
  • Once the implant has stabilised successfully an abutment can be attached to the post and a further healing period takes place
  • Finally a replacement tooth (crown), bridgework, or arch of multiple teeth, is attached to the abutment, covering the top of the post

Dental implants will put the smile back on your face and can totally transform your life. If you’d like to find out more about dental implants and whether they’re suitable for you, why not book a free consultation today by calling 941-921-4654 or contact us online. We look forward to meeting you.

Multiple Tooth Replacement

Whether you’ve lost more than one tooth through injury, an accident, decay, or disease, aside from the difficulty of eating and speaking it can seriously destroy your self confidence and impact on your overall dental health. Therefore replacing them is a priority. Our dental clinic specialises in restorations which replicate your natural teeth as closely as possible for permanent and comfortable replacement. If you are in need of multiple teeth replacement then Dr. Kira Gekht offers multiple dental implants and implant bridges to give you back your smile.

So what exactly are implant bridges?

Implant bridges are the ideal solution for anyone who is missing several teeth in a row. The bridge consists of multiple replacement teeth and is anchored securely on to two strategically placed dental implants which are firmly embedded into the jaw bone. Since the bridge only requires a couple of implants, the procedure is far less intrusive than placing an implant for each individual tooth.

Implant bridges offer several benefits over other forms of multiple teeth replacement. Most importantly they look and function in the same way as natural teeth and don’t require any additional support from neighbouring teeth. In addition the bone is preserved since implant bridges replace some of the tooth roots, and there prevents the bone from any form of deterioration.

How do Multiple Implants work?

For those that are missing several teeth in different areas of their mouth a dental implant bridge is not an option. Instead multiple dental implants will be the best form of multiple teeth replacement.

Our dentist will use a separate dental implant to replace each missing tooth and because there is a lengthier process in terms of multiple incisions, drilling and healing times, the cost can be higher than that of a dental implant bridge. However, because each replacement tooth is secured with its own dental implant, the restoration is more secure.

Caring for your replacement teeth

If cared for correctly both dental implant bridges and multiple implants can last a lifetime. Ther involves regular brushing and flossing plus routine dental check-ups and cleaning. In the case of dental implants it’s also advisable to reduce smoking or give it up altogether as there can slow down the healing process and present dental problems in the future.

If you’re ready to take action regarding your missing teeth then Dr. Kira Gekht and her team can help with multiple teeth replacement. Call us on 941-921-4654 and book an appointment today. You’ll be glad that you did.

Bone Grafting

If you’re considering dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, then one of the first steps is to determine whether you have sufficient bone in which to place the implant. For a dental implant to be successful there has to be enough width and depth of bone to support the screw like implant so that it can provide a solid platform for the replacement tooth or teeth. Bone can deteriorate in cases where a tooth has been missing for some time and consequently our dentist may suggest you undergo a bone grafting procedure before dental implant surgery can go ahead.

What to expect from the bone grafting process

Bone grafting is a procedure used to increase the density and amount of bone in order for dental implants to be placed. Typically there involves transplanting or adding bone or bone-like material to the jaw. The bone may come from a bone bank or alternatively it may be taken from your own body. Following grafting there will be a wait of several months for the grafted material to bond with the existing bone.

Where does the bone come from?

The best source of grafting material is from your own body and bone may be taken from your chin or the back part of your lower jaw (the ramus). If we can’t get enough bone from these areas then it may need to be taken from your hip instead. Ther is considered the best source because the hip contains a lot of bone and the marrow within contains bone-forming cells. Bone taken from the hip will require a stay in hospital and general surgery.

If you are reluctant to have bone removed from your own body there are other options available. Our dentist can use material made from the bone of cows or human cadavers. Alternatively synthetic products can be used with some of the newer products stimulating certain cells in the body to turn into bone, dispelling the need for bone grafting. Dr. Kira Gekht, our Harvard trained prosthodontist will discuss the risks and benefits associated with each of the options prior to any procedures being carried out.

If you’ve been told in the past that you don’t have sufficient bone to place dental implants then Dr. Kira Gekht may be able to help. Modern dental technologies have made bone grafting an option for many people seeking dental implants. Why not give us a call on 941-921-4654 to find out more or to book a consultation appointment. Dr. Kira Gekht and her team are standing by to help.