Dunedin Dental Associates provides dental implants in Dunedin, FL. Call 727-734-3321 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are unique in that they are the only solution for missing teeth that addresses tooth loss both above and below the gumline. By replacing the roots and crowns of teeth, dental implants can prevent and even reverse jaw bone loss, and provide a stable, long-lasting restoration that looks, feels, and functions more like natural teeth.
The dental implant itself is a small post or screw that is implanted into the jawbone to replace the root. The visible portion of your tooth (or teeth) is replaced with a restoration, which could be a crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture. A third piece, known as an abutment, is often used to connect the implant and the restoration.
At Dunedin Dental Associates, we use advanced digital dentistry technologies for our dental implant procedures, including computer-guided implant placement software and state-of-the-art 3D cone beam CT radiography. This allows your dentist to assess your jaw's health and bone density, then determine the best angle and placement for your dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The restorations that attach to dental implants will eventually need to be replaced, but with proper care and good oral hygiene, the implant fixtures themselves can last a lifetime.
Dental implants improve oral and general health by preventing jawbone loss, allowing you to eat the nutrient-rich whole foods your body needs to function at its best.
You’ll be proud to show off your new smile knowing that your dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?
If you're in generally good health, don't have active gum disease, don't smoke, and have adequate bone mass in your jaw, you're a good candidate for traditional dental implants. If you’ve experienced jaw bone loss, you may be a candidate for a different type of dental implant procedure that requires less jawbone support or you may simply need bone grafting prior to your implant surgery.
Single Dental Implant
Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium that are placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth in the mouth. After placement, the anchors will begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.
Implant Supported Bridges
What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?
Because of the natural look and feel and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.
A traditional bridge uses teeth on either side of the missing tooth space for support, and preparing teeth for crowns can weaken them. Because these teeth serve as attachments, they are subject to additional forces that can damage both healthy and compromised teeth or bone tissues.
A dental implant supported bridge replaces missing teeth by placing two or more dental implants rather than adjacent teeth. These implants avoid putting any additional stress on your natural teeth and help preserve the health and function of the surrounding bone tissue and teeth.
Fully Edentulous (Toothless) Solutions
For patients missing many or all of their teeth, implant retained or implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. These solutions can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Using implants for retention or the support of dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Implant Supported Dentures
An implant supported denture requires the placement of four to six dental implants as “anchors” to provide a sturdier fit and minimal mobility for your denture. With implant supported dentures, there is no plate covering the roof of the mouth, so speaking and eating are more natural and comfortable than with traditional dentures. For qualifying patients, our doctors may be able to complete the removal of all teeth and the placement of a temporary arch on the same day.
Implant Retained Dentures
Available for full or partial dentures, implant retained dentures require the placement of two or more dental implants to secure the dentures in the mouth. This type of denture will “snap” onto the implants and can be removed for cleaning at night.
Guided Dental Implant Placement
3D technology allows our doctors to more accurately place dental implants using minimally invasive techniques that improve patient comfort and healing while maintaining the highest standard of treatment and restoring your smile.
The 3D digital guidance provided by this specialized software helps our team plan the implant placement procedure. It also allows the patient to visualize the implant’s future location and its support for the final restoration. Once planning is complete, our team uses this 3D-guided implant technology to create a customized surgical guide that provides greater precision and accuracy during implant placement.
Why Choose Dunedin Dental Associates
Our dentists have advanced training in implant dentistry, so you can feel confident knowing you’re getting the best possible care. We offer a patient-centered, personalized approach to dental implants, and we employ the latest technology for optimal results.