If you’re missing one or more teeth, a dental implant from Dr. Marquez can restore your smile with beautiful, natural-looking results. Dental implants also help protect your oral health, eliminating common issues that are associated with tooth loss such as bone degeneration and the shifting of teeth. Make an appointment to see us at our Naples office today.
When you get a dental implant, you’ll need to undergo two different procedures: the surgical placement of the implant, and the attachment of your custom-made restoration. The placement of the implant involves inserting a small, rod of titanium into your gum and jawbone, where the root of your old tooth used to be. Once this heals, the titanium rod will function as an artificial root.
When the implant is effectively functioning as a tooth root, Dr. Marquez will begin the restoration process. This involves taking images and impressions of your teeth to create a dental crown, that will attach permanently to the implant. This part of the process is completely non-invasive, and requires no surgery.
First, Dr. Marquez will need to approve you as a candidate for a dental implant. Then, she will take images and x-rays of your mouth, to begin the planning process, and understand where to place your dental implant.
At your next appointment, your implant will be placed. Your mouth will be numbed and cleaned, and you can be sedated, if desired. Dr. Marquez follows the implant treatment plan, and makes a small incision in your gum and jaw. The implant is placed into this incision, and then sutured shut, and allowed to heal.
Titanium is used for implants because it has the unique ability to “osseointegrate.” In other words, gum and jaw tissue bonds to titanium permanently, as if it was a natural part of your body. This process can take up to 3-6 months.
After your implant has healed, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Marquez will attach a dental crown, built to look just like a natural tooth, directly to your dental implant, completing the procedure.
The only way to know if you are a good candidate for implants is to schedule a consultation with a Naples dentist and get cleared for treatment. Typically, good candidates for dental implants fit the following criteria:
-Good overall oral health, with no active cases of gum disease or tooth decay
-A strong jaw bone that can support a dental implant
-Free of chronic health issues like untreated diabetes, osteoporosis, and immune system disorders
If you are missing one or more teeth and you think dental implants may be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marquez. At your appointment, she will conduct an oral exam, discuss your overall health, and learn more about you and your lifestyle to determine whether this treatment is right for you.