If you’ve lost one or more permanent teeth, dental implants can rehabilitate your smile, improve your oral health, and restore your chewing and biting abilities. At Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry, Paradis Esi, DDS, and the team place and restore dental implants using specialized tools and state-of-the-art techniques. To make an appointment at the practice in New Port Richey, Florida, call the office, or book online today.
Dental implants replace your natural tooth roots. They’re small posts made of titanium placed into your jaw during an outpatient procedure. Following placement, the posts integrate with your bone, providing a foundation for restorations like crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants function like your natural teeth. If you practice good oral hygiene and visit Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry at least two times a year, they can last a very long time.
Dental implants are safe and typically well-tolerated, but you need healthy gums and enough bone to support them. If you have a history of periodontal disease or a thin jaw, your provider might recommend scaling and root planing or a bone graft before developing a treatment plan.
Let your Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry provider know if you have an underlying medical condition like a congenital heart defect or kidney disease. These issues won’t prevent you from getting dental implants, but they may increase your risk of complications.
At Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry, getting dental implants takes 6-12 months and multiple appointments.
Before recommending dental implants, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays to assess the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw and to determine implant placement. If your provider determines you qualify, they administer a local anesthetic and place a series of titanium posts into your jaw.
Following the procedure, they provide you with prescription antibiotics and recovery instructions.
Once your mouth heals – about 12-16 weeks later – you return to Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry. Your provider takes impressions of your mouth and gives them to the on-site laboratory technician. The technician uses your impressions to design and manufacture a custom dental restoration (or restorations).
When the on-site lab tech completes your crowns, you visit the practice for the final time. Your Esi Cosmetic & General Dentist provider administers a local anesthetic, attaches the restoration to your implants, and polishes them.
To extend the lifespan of your dental implants, avoid bad habits like biting your nails or opening packaging with your teeth. If you play contact sports or mountain bike, you might also want to wear a mouthguard to prevent chips or fractures.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, make an appointment at Esi Cosmetic & General Dentistry by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.