Life’s simple pleasures can cause problems and pain for the millions of adults who suffer from permanent tooth loss, in Jacksonville, FL. Men and women of all ages are self-conscious about their dentures, bridges or missing teeth. Many are concerned about their appearance and may feel that their tooth loss has “aged them” before their time. Some regularly decline invitations to social events because they are unwilling to face the uncertainties of eating, speaking, and laughing in public. Many can no longer enjoy their favorite foods, nor the social interaction with family and friends that accompanies special meals.
Tooth loss can result in shrinkage of gums and jawbones that can lead to pain from ill-fitting dentures, decreased chewing function, and subtle malnutrition. It can also be a source of emotional or psychological distress. Dr. Skigen is providing a unique solution to the problem of toothlessness with dental implants. Dental implants are tooth root substitutes that are placed in the jawbone and act as anchors to stabilize artificial teeth. They can replace one, some, or all missing teeth and help eliminate the instability associated with surface adhesives and removable bridges. Individuals with adequate bone level and density who are not prone to infection and can maintain stringent oral hygiene are good candidates for dental implants. No matter what your age, if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you. Youngsters who have lost teeth due to accidents, adults who are missing teeth due to infection, and seniors who are tired of uncomfortable dentures have had equally gratifying experiences with dental implants. Contacting our office in Jacksonville, FL or Lake City, FL is your first step!
Dental Implant Patient Needs
Based on patient needs, a single tooth, a partial bridge or a full set of replacement teeth are fitted to the implants and locked in place over the protruding posts. In appearance and in function, implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and a great alternative to conventional dentures. Implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and pain of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortable with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better, they look better, they live better.
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IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURE
What to Expect
Dr. Skigen can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You will be evaluated based upon a number of things including dental health, life-style, jawbone quality, and oral hygiene habits. In close consultation with your own dentist, Dr. Skigen can plan your dental implant treatment program. Dental implant surgery is often done in one of our convenient offices, Jacksonville, FL, Lake City, FL, or Amelia Island, FL. In some cases, the procedure is done in a Jacksonville hospital or ambulatory surgery center. In any event, Dr. Skigen can determine the most appropriate setting based on your individual needs.
A Two-Phase Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, your initial surgery involves placement of the implants into the jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet. Some patients do report minor pain and swelling immediately after the procedure, but most experience no change in their daily routines. Once the implants have bonded to the jawbone, the second phase of the procedure begins. At this time, Dr. Skigen uncovers the implants and attaches small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. The posts protrude through the gum line but are not visible when artificial teeth are attached. The entire process, from evaluation to completion, generally takes six to eight months. During this time, most patients do not experience any disruption in their normal business and social activities. Because dental implants are made of materials that are compatible with human bone, there is little chance for an allergic reaction in the body. However, implants can fail when proper oral hygiene techniques are not used. Dental implants require special individual care. Proper brushing, flossing, rinsing and regular check-ups are critical to the long-term success of your implants
Relief with First Coast OMS
Pain is a sure sign something is wrong. Unfortunately, fear of pain often prevents people from seeking needed oral care. Dr. Skigen is trained in the most advanced anesthetic and pain control procedures. During surgery, one or more of the following can be used in controlling pain and anxiety: local anesthesia, laughing gas, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia. Prior to any surgery, Dr. Skigen can review the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you’re likely to feel during the operation. The main goal is to ensure maximum patient comfort and safety. Call our Jacksonville, FL office today!
Dental Implant Anatomy
A natural tooth comprises of two parts: the tooth and the tooth root. A large number of dental treatments focus on replacing just the tooth part – this is the visible part that you can see above the gum line. However, a tooth implant replaces both the tooth and the tooth root, making it an ultra-strong and secure treatment for fixing a great smile.
A dental implant is actually made up of three separate parts. These are the implant post, the abutment and the tooth restoration. Let’s take a look at each part of the anatomy of a dental implant now.
Why are People Choosing Dental Implants?
A national survey of oral and maxillofacial surgeons found that patient interest and demand has grown significantly. The survey found dental implant use has nearly tripled since 1986 and is expected to continue to rise rapidly. Leading reasons cited for choosing dental implants are to restore normal eating and speaking abilities to enhance facial appearance and confidence to increase denture retention. According to the survey, the reasons for the increased demand are: growing public awareness of the significant functional and esthetic advantages of dental implants over conventional dentures and bridges. Experts predict that the demand for the procedure will continue to grow as people become more familiar with the benefits of dental implants.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
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Improved Chewing & Speaking
Natural Function & Look
Improved Facial Appearance
Prevention of Bone Loss
No Special Care Required
Very sturdy and secure
No Diet restrictions
Can Be Changed & Updated
Frequently asked questions
How long do Dental Implants last?
When maintained with proper brushing and flossing, the implant itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient gets regular dental check-ups twice a year. A crown, nevertheless, is rated to last around 10 to 15 years before normal wear can cause the tooth to need replacement.
Are you put to sleep for Dental Implants?
You can be asleep. Having an implant is a surgical procedure which means anesthesia or sedation (oral or IV) will be used for your procedure. Though some may choose to stay awake during the procedure, many opt into sleeping for the sake of comfort and relaxation.
Do Dental Implants hurt?
Many patients have stated that there is less discomfort and pain from the implant placement appointment than during the tooth extraction process. Most people have their implants placed under local anesthetic which is the same amount of numbness as when a filling is done.
Can you eat steak with Dental Implants?
With dental implants, patients are able to eat any food they like without pain or discomfort and with no self-consciousness. Many dental implants patients, after the healing process is over, have been able to eat steak and even been able to take a bite of an apple.
Can you get Dental Implants with bone loss?
Bone loss is a very common side effect of tooth loss. However, techniques have advanced greatly in the past 30 years, and it is now possible for most patients who have experienced bone loss to have dental implants; you might just require another procedure first.
Can Dental Implants restore face shape?
When teeth are lost, Dental Implants serve as a replacement anchors and the new foundation which supports your jaw bone and facial structure. In other words, dental Implants maintain and retain the shape of your face and smile.
What Celebrities have Dental Implants?
It is not just the actors listed below with an excellent smile because of dental implants. Many other actors and actresses have received dental implants, and often by choice before ever even needing them. For high profile individuals, waiting until it's too late can be very costly.