Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants in Fort Walton Beach
Tooth loss is a serious issue, and one that can have consequences for patients’ oral health, overall wellbeing, and self-confidence. While there are several restorative options available today, none of them are as successful or as long-lasting as dental implants. This service is able to rebuild teeth in an incredibly lifelike fashion restoring strength, function, and aesthetic beauty at exceptional levels. At Hodges Dental Clinics, we’d love to help you on this path, and you’re sure to enjoy our individualized approach and experienced care every step of the way. Contact either our Fort Walton Beach, FL location or our Pensacola, FL location today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Benjamin Hodges.
Why are dental implants the right choice for me?
The secret behind the success of dental implants is actually pretty simple. Traditional restorative solutions like bridges and dentures only focus on rebuilding the white portion of your tooth, otherwise known as the crown. This leaves out the other vital component of your natural tooth: the root. While hidden out of sight underneath the crown, the root is what keeps your jawbone full and healthy over the years; without it, this bone deteriorates, which can lead to additional tooth loss and a “hunched” facial appearance as patients age. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that actually replicates the entire structure of your tooth, preserving oral health while providing a strong, lifelike replacement.
Most patients can have dental implants placed and restored successfully. It is important that you have generally good oral health and an adequate amount of healthy jawbone structure before undergoing the procedure; if these needs aren’t met, additional treatment may be necessary beforehand. Additionally, smokers may benefit from a less invasive restorative method. Dr. Hodges can review your case and provide a professional treatment recommendation that fits your situation, schedule, and budget best.
Dental Implant Placement
After we’ve determined that you’re a great candidate for dental implants, they’ll first need to be surgically placed into the jawbone. Following this procedure, patients need a significant period of time (usually months) to heal; this allows the implants to fuse with the natural tissue creating a strong bond and a sturdy foundation that can support replacement teeth.
Dental Implant Restoration
Once patients have successfully recovered from their implant placement, the last step of the process is the creation of custom, tooth-colored restorations that attach on top completing your new and improved smile. For single implants, dental crowns are the restoration of choice, recreating the look of a healthy tooth without requiring patients to endanger nearby healthy teeth in the process. For more extensive coverage, implant-retained prosthetics are a great, cost-effective option that still provides plenty of quality.
Implant-retained prosthetics are very similar in appearance to a traditional dental bridge or denture, with one crucial difference: they’re designed to fit over placed implants, giving patients a more secure replacement that preserves jawbone health and won’t slip around in the mouth. They can be designed as fixed or removable, depending on the patient’s needs and preferences.