Dental Implant Restorations

If you need to replace one or more missing teeth or are seeking to improve the fit of loose dentures, dental implants are an ideal treatment. At Dental Dimensions, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Olvera works closely with local specialists to plan implant placement and restoration. The specialist will provide the service of placing the implant with Dr. Olvera restoring the implant using a dental crown or other restoration, creating a tooth replacement that is both completely natural looking and fully functioning.

 

What Is a Dental Implant?

An implant is typically made of biocompatible titanium and is commonly in the shape of a cylinder. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw and allowed to fuse with the bone over a period of time. Healing caps are placed over the implant to provide protection to the implant during the healing time.

Healing Caps

Healing Caps

Once the implant has fully fused to the jawbone, the implant is ready to be assembled. The next part, which attaches to the implant, is called the implant abutment. This component provides a connection from the implant to the dental restoration we will be using, which may include crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures.

Many types of dental implant abutments are available, all of which are used under specific conditions. The following picture is an example of custom-made titanium abutments.

Custom Abutments

Custom Abutments

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Restored dental implants have a number of significant benefits including:

  • Preservation of natural tooth structure and elimination of the need to alter adjacent teeth
  • High success rate
  • Maintenance of bone height and width
  • Retention of loose denture(s), which improves chewing efficiency and esthetics.
  • Reduction in the size of dentures
  • Increase in dental restoration success

The following pictures are examples of two spaces restored using implant-retained dental crowns.

Caring for Dental Implants

Once dental implants have been placed and restored, caring for them is as simple as taking care of your own teeth. Excellent brushing and flossing habits along with regular examinations and professional cleanings will keep your implants looking great and maintain the health of the rest of your mouth.

To find out more about dental implants and whether they are the right choice for you, please call Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg today!