While regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can't keep up. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants at St. Pete Smiles can restore both your smile and your oral health. Dr. Dewey L. Bracy and our team are here to ensure all our patients in the St. Petersburg, FL community have healthy, functional teeth for life!
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees), a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Implants are versatile, and can be used to restore your smile whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth. If you are missing only one tooth, one implant plus a replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge. Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture may be your best option.
Advantages of Implants over Removable Dentures or Bridges
- The instability of conventional bridges and dentures can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
- Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth since they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support.
- Implants will typically last a lifetime if they’re cared for properly, while bridges usually only last ten years.
If you are a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease, you could be a great candidate for dental implants. To find out more, contact Dr. Bracy and our team at our St. Petersburg, FL dental office!