What are dental implants?
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth (crown) or permanent bridge. Implants can be used to increase retention for removable appliances such as dentures. Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implants, however. Make an appointment with Gordon Dentistry to find out if your are a candidate for dental implants. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. Many times, implant placement requires bone or soft tissue grafting. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material. Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. For more information, please see the implant fact sheet and then call our office at 727-724-4227 for an appointment to see if you are eligible for this procedure or one of the other dental services offered by us .