It’s often easy to take our teeth for granted until they’re gone. If tooth loss has stolen your quality of life, it may be time to invest in a high-quality replacement that will help you get back to enjoying every day to the fullest extent. At Crovatto & Edwards Family Dentistry, we wholeheartedly recommend dental implants.
Your natural tooth is composed of a white crown that shows when you smile and a root that serves as its foundation, well-hidden beneath the gums. While traditional tooth replacements only bother with the former, the long-term loss of a tooth root can cause a person’s jawbone and oral health to deteriorate over time. Only dental implants start with the root, laying the groundwork for a new, stable “tooth” that will be naturally attractive, fully functional, and long-lasting. Dr. Crovatto will personally handle every stage of your treatment here in our Orange Park, FL office, so don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’re interested in exploring the benefits of this service further.
The first step of replacing missing teeth with dental implants is to surgically insert the new “root” (the implant itself) into the jawbone. Our team will handle this surgical procedure very gently and carefully, using state-of-the-art Cone Beam technology to ensure success every step of the way.
The surgery will jumpstart a process known as osseointegration – the biocompatible implant and the natural oral tissue will gradually bond together. Once the treated area of the mouth has healed (usually over a period of months), the patient will be able to return to our office for the placement of their custom-made restoration, completing the brand-new tooth.
Do you need one implant/tooth restored? An all-ceramic dental crown is the right choice. We’ll design this new addition to be a beautifully precise match for the surrounding teeth, and its placement won’t negatively affect their health either. It’ll be like your original tooth was never lost in the first place.
Alternatively, implant-retained bridges are designed to replace multiple missing teeth that used to appear in a row. We can place two dental implants on either side of the gap, which work like “anchors” that hold the new replacements securely in place.
Have you lost several natural teeth? Dental implants may still be the best option for replacement! Implant-retained dentures look very much like the traditional models, but they’re designed to attach sturdily over placed implants. Instead of replacing each lost tooth with its own implant, Dr. Crovatto can support the denture with a small number of strategic posts instead, which is more cost-effective.
Implant-retained dentures may be fixed (permanent) in nature, or they may be removable so that the patient can treat them like a traditional denture. If all of these different options seem overwhelming at first glance, don’t worry – our dentists will be happy to talk through them with you in more detail and help you match the right choice to your specific situation and preferences.