If you have empty space where there used to be a tooth, you are probably noticing it. If the missing tooth is in the front, it’s obvious when you smile or speak. And if it’s in the back, it typically requires adjustment in chewing. Sure, more traditional options still exist. Bridges and dentures have been around for a long time, and they will improve your appearance. But with our Fort Myers implants, you can replace missing teeth along with the root underneath, giving you a restoration that looks, feels, and functions very much like a real tooth does. Dental implants are without a doubt the most advanced option available to recover your complete smile again.
A fixed bridge requires the tooth on either side of it to be drilled down and capped in order to properly anchor it. And with dentures, there is still a tendency for them to slide when you eat or speak, even with the adhesive used to hold them in at the gum line. When you get our Fort Myers implants, your other teeth remain unaffected, and there is no adhesive needed. Instead, a cylindrical titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaw where your old tooth root was. Over the course of a few months, your jaw bone grows around it, fusing with it to create a strong bond. In addition to making a durable foundation, the implant also prevents your bone tissue from deteriorating, as tends to happen when you have no tooth at all there.
The second step to getting our Fort Myers implants is to have a tooth-colored crown put on top and cemented to the post. That’s all there is to it. In order to be a good candidate, you will need generally healthy gums and a jaw bone that is thick enough to support the post. But even if your jaw bone doesn’t qualify, you can have a bone grafting procedure done to correct it. Your new dental implant, with proper care, can last indefinitely. In some ways, it’s even better than a natural tooth. It won’t decay. It won’t become infected. And it won’t ever need root canal therapy or an extraction. Call us today to schedule a consultation.