Missing teeth can take a serious toll on your quality of life, affecting your self-confidence as well as your ability to chew and speak properly. If you have suffered tooth loss, Dr. Douglas Pohl can coordinate treatment with a specialist in the Fort Walton Beach, FL, area to place dental implants. For the right candidate, dental implants provide a stable, long-lasting foundation for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Once your jawbone has healed, Dr. Pohl can design a custom implant-supported restoration using the highest quality materials.
What Happens after Tooth Loss?
Normally, your jawbone receives stimulation through act of chewing, which helps preserve its structure and strength. Following tooth loss, the jawbone is no longer stimulated by the tooth roots, and vital nutrients are rerouted to other parts of the body. As a result, the bone begins to deteriorate. This can cause changes to your facial structure, including puckered lips and a sunken appearance, as well as more widespread tooth loss.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are embedded in your jawbone. They act as artificial tooth roots and stimulate the jaw to prevent further bone atrophy. In conjunction with a restoration, dental implants can replace the entire structure of your tooth from root to crown.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and provide unrivaled support for custom restorations.
In order to receive dental implants, you should:
- Be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery
- Be free of periodontal disease
- Refrain from unhealthy habits such as smoking
- Have sufficient bone tissue to support implants
If you have suffered jawbone deterioration, we can coordinate a bone graft procedure with a specialist to restore your candidacy for treatment.
Your Initial Consultation
If you are visiting our practice with a badly damaged tooth, we can perform an extraction and prepare your smile for implant surgery. We can also assess your overall health and determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. It is our goal to help you make an informed decision about your oral healthcare, which is why we take the time to educate you about each of your treatment options. Should you wish to pursue dental implants, we can review the treatment process and timeline.
The Treatment Process
During implant surgery, a specialist can place implant posts through a small opening in your gums. Over the course of three to six months, the posts will integrate with your jawbone to become a permanent part of your anatomy. This process is integral to the success of your treatment. Once your jawbone is fully recovered, you can return to our office to receive your custom restoration. For patients with a single missing tooth, we can create stunning dental crowns that closely mirror the aesthetics or your smile. If most or all of your teeth are missing, we can provide implant-supported dentures.
Implants provide a true investment into the long-term health and longevity of your smile.
Though your restoration may need to be replaced in the future, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. As a result, implants provide a true investment into the long-term health and longevity of your smile.
Rebuild Your Smile
If you have one or several missing teeth, we can coordinate dental implant placement and provide you with a custom restoration. The only way to evaluate whether you are eligible for dental implants is to schedule a consultation. We encourage you to call our office at (850) 243-0800 or contact us online to discuss your treatment options.