After a tooth extraction or in lieu of missing teeth, dental implants in Lutz, Florida are a safe and standard solution. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “the major benefit of implants is solid support for your new teeth.” Often considered the gold standard of restoration dentistry, dental implants replace missing teeth and act as a foundation for many advanced procedures.
Implant dentistry is often the best pathway to restore your smile. Implantology results in a natural-looking tooth that looks, feels, fits, and functions just like your real teeth. Your dental implants will also help you to keep your mouth healthy by the years to come.
As you learn more about dental implants in Lutz, Florida, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or call (813) 981-7000 to schedule an appointment!
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery is a common procedure for patients who have lost or missing teeth. Often, with the aid of some sedation, your dentist replaces your missing tooth by gently placing a metal post, like a screw, where your roots once harnessed your tooth. Then, once the dental implant heals, your Lutz dentist inserts a crown that looks and functions like a natural tooth on top of the implant. Dental implant surgery can also be beneficial for those who have lost their teeth entirely, and aid in the comfort and function of dentures or bridgework that may not fit well otherwise. Read more about the commonly asked questions regarding dental implants below:
Why do people get dental implants? Dental implants are a natural-looking substitution for missing teeth. Your implant comes with the metal post that anchors your new tooth in the jaw bone, an abutment that helps seat the new tooth, and a tooth colored crown which you’ll get as your new tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants don’t slip or click when you talk, laugh or eat. And they help keep your jawbone healthy so that your facial structure stays intact. Simply put, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth.
How long does a dental implant take? There are three stages to the dental implant process with each stage taking about an hour. The first stage is the placement of the implant, which is a metal rod acting as your new tooth root. After the first visit, you’ll typically wait about 4-6 weeks to ensure that your implant has healed before coming in for your abutment. In your second visit (stage 2), we’ll apply the abutment to your implant, which is the seat on which your new tooth will sit. Again this process is followed by healing of 4-6 weeks, though the process in our office takes less than an hour. In the final stage (stage 3), you’ll get your new tooth or teeth and this usually takes less than an hour!
Do dental implants hurt? You won’t feel much while we’re doing dental implants because you’ll be under a local anesthetic. When the anesthetic wears off, there is typically mild pain for several days following the surgery and you may benefit from over the counter pain medications to assist in pain management. The good news is that your pain usually subsides over the course of about 5 days and you should feel “normal” after about one week.
Are implants safe? Dental implants are very safe and have a 98% success rate.
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Lutz Family Dentistry
18954 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Lutz, Florida 33548