SOUTH MIAMI DENTAL IMPLANTS
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
An injured and damaged tooth needs replacing to prevent infection from setting in. However, when considering your options to replace the broken, chipped or diseased tooth, its best to consider which treatment has the least impact on the jaw and the gums and which offers the quickest and easiest recovery.
Traditionally, dental bridges are used to replace teeth we have lost or broken. However, there is another option that patients can consider when they want to get a single tooth removed and replaced – implants.
OVERVIEW ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS
SINGLE DENTAL IMPLANTS
Single dental implant treatments are slowly gaining in popularity, with more patients choosing to get a tooth implanted, as opposed to getting a bridge inserted. If you too are interested in getting South Miami dental implants, please speak to a member of our team.
Somi Dental Group & Orthodontics, led by the renowned dentist Dr. Arnaldo A Lopez (DDS), has been serving customers across South Miami, Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove for years. You can rely on us for premium-quality treatment.
IMPLANTS VS. BRIDGES: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE
We are often asked by our patients, what we think the best course of treatment would be for replacing damaged or missing teeth. While the answer predominantly depends on the patient’s medical requirements and personal preferences, generally speaking, dental implants are a better option than bridges when it comes to single tooth replacement.
WHY IMPLANTS ARE A BETTER OPTION
Prep work involved
Truth be told, bridges involve a tremendous amount of prep work before placement. For one, not only should the extraction site be cleaned and prepped for the bridge, but the adjoining and adjacent teeth should also be trimmed and adjusted to make space for the bridge.
If only a single tooth needs removing and replacement, it hardly makes sense to put the other healthy teeth under stress and harm by having a bridge inserted. A dental implant will preserve the health and aesthetics of the surrounding teeth while taking the place of the tooth to be replaced.
If a long-term tooth replacement is what you’re looking for, then a dental implant is the best option. Dental implants are made from superior-quality material which is designed to withstand wear and tear over time. They are also screwed onto the jaw, making them a permanent fixture. Both of these factors make the implants a premium-quality and long-lasting solution.
Bridges, on the other hand, are not as durable as implants and may need replacement once every few years. Incidentally, this is what increases the cost of bridges over time, although you pay less during the first fitting. Your dental implant might cost more at first glance, but the low replacement rate makes them far less expensive than bridges and crowns.
FURTHER DETAILS TO CONSIDER
The dental implant is custom-designed to suit the shape of your jaw, and the color is made similar to the rest of your teeth unless you choose a special material like gold or titanium. This makes your new single dental implant look very similar to the rest of your teeth. While bridges are made to resemble your teeth, they don’t look as realistic as an implant.
WHEN IMPLANTS WILL NOT BE THE RIGHT CHOICE
The only time Dr. Lopez may recommend that you steer clear of implants is when your jaw is structurally weak and may not have the strength to support the implant or withstand the strain of installation. It’s best to consult our dentists once and to have a once-over done of your teeth.
CHILDREN AND DENTAL IMPLANTS
Our dentists may also not recommend the single dental implant if the patient is a child and his or her teeth haven’t stopped growing yet. Similarly, they will not recommend implantation if he or she has their milk teeth still. However, if jaw development is complete, the dentists may recommend the single dental implant since it is a permanent solution to a lifelong problem. With the implant, your child need not be afraid of making multiple visits to the dentist.
TREATMENT WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
The single dental implant can be done either immediately after tooth extraction or a month or two after a bone graft surgery. Minor pain may be experienced during the implant procedure. However, our dentists can offer local anesthesia should you need it. You can get back to work on the same day if you wish to.
Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce pain and the threat of infection. Patients are expected to be careful about what they eat and how they chew for the first few months.
For more details, contact us at Somi Dental Group & Orthodontics. To see the amazing results of our South Miami dental implants, take a look at our before and after page.