Dental Implants: An In-Depth Look

Friday, January 2, 2015
Dental implants can be used for a variety of different situations in our periodontics office. Many people don’t know all that dental implants can accomplish for their smile, so in this article we will explain what dental implants are, when they can be used, and the procedure and aftercare for the dental implants. 

What is a Dental Implant?

For people in Eustis looking for dental implants, they are a dental procedure typically done in a periodontist’s office, specifically designed to replace individual teeth. The result being a natural looking tooth crown. Implants are comprised of several different elements; the part of the implant which is integrated into the bone (fixture), an abutment which fits on top of the titanium, and finally the artificial tooth crown. The final product gives the appearance of anatomy as well as the physiology of natural teeth.


Should I Get Dental Implants?

Dental implant surgery can be a solution for many people who are missing a tooth, teeth, or who has a tooth that will soon be extracted. Healthy mandibular or maxillary bones are requires in order to contain the implant under the forces of everyday life.

Here are some of the reasons someone would be a good candidate for dental implant surgery:

Periodontal Disease – Periodontitis, better known as gum disease, can sometimes damage the bone structure or tooth attachment apparatus in a way that causes teeth to either be lost or need to be extracted. In these cases, implant surgery can be successful in replacing these lost teeth as long as the bone can sustain the implant. In the event that it cannot, bone grafting could be the next option.

Implant-Supported Dentures – Dental implants can also be used to help support complete and partial dentures. This can help stabilize dentures and remove the inconvenience and bulkiness of typical dentures. This can increase your ease of eating with dentures and cut down on the amount of acrylic in your mouth.

Chipped, missing, or cracked teeth – Missing teeth or teeth beyond repair can often be replaced using dental implant procedures. 


What is the Procedure for Dental Implants?

Before even beginning to think about surgery it is important to create a careful plan and to inspect the existing bone, any nearby nerves, and ensure that sinus augmentation is not needed. Furthermore, we will observe the exact form of the existing bone structure in order to install the implant for the best and most successful possible results.  This is done through analyzing X-rays, MRI’s, or CT scans.

Using specific drills, an entrance to the bone will be made for the implant to be placed into. Then, a certain amount of time is then given for the implant and bone to undergo osseointegration. During this time a temporary crown may be used in order to maintain aesthetics.After the allotted time for osseointegration (anywhere from two to six months), the abutment and final crown will be placed.


Implants are permanent and should be treated just like the rest of your natural teeth. Proper care and regular dental visits are essential in order to avoid any problematic situations. Even though the surgery removes the periodontal ligament from the tooth and the attachment is secure, gingival can still become a problem is not properly cared for.

Richardson Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is a full service periodontics and implant dentistry center with locations in Eustis, FL. Richardson Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers a full array of periodontics services to help you maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile. Contact our Eustis office at 352-589-1973 for more information about dental implants or schedule your appointment online.

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