To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach is proud to offer Straumann dental implants for our patients. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to act as the root of the tooth. One or more posts can be attached to a bridge, crown, or denture for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned, like natural teeth. To fix a gap in your smile, schedule a consultation to get more information on dental implants at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach. Dental implants may help if you do not want to deal with loose crowns or removable dentures. Talk to our experienced dental team about your desired outcome and to decide if implant dentistry is a good choice for you.
Implants can replace one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration, but don't like the look, fit, or if there's extra care needed. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with regular brushing and flossing. At your dental implant consultation, we will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If needed, a gum or bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are being treated for another issue, such as periodontal disease.
What To Expect
Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, as well as gum and/or bone grafts. When your mouth is ready for dental implant surgery, the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation methods can be used to help you remain relaxed during the treatment. The procedure will start with a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision will be stitched closed with some of the dental implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if multiple posts are needed. As the implant integrates with the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary crown or cover will be placed over the implants. Once the dental implant is healed with your gums and jaw, the permanent restoration (bridge, crown, or denture) will be attached to the post and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
There may be some temporary swelling in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding following your dental implant surgery. A member of our team will talk to you about what is to be expected and when to contact our office. We may also give you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. After your implants have healed and your restoration has been attached, you should develop a good home oral care routine, like daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual cleanings at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach so we can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. We will also be able to notify you if your implants or restorations need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Depending on your dental insurance and personal coverage, part of the cost of your implants and restoration may be covered. Our office will contact your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and calculate your personal cost. At your initial consultation, we may help estimate your costs and discuss payment methods we accept, including medical financing.
Implants with custom restorations can be a good choice if you are looking for a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that is easy to care for and lasts for many years. Our experienced dental team can explain the steps needed, including surgery for implant placement and your restoration options. If you would like to learn more about implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach.