East Naples Dental Implants

Dental Implants in East Naples, FL

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a dental implant from Dr. Marquez can restore your smile with beautiful, natural-looking results at Altamar Dental Studio. 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.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants last 30+ years with proper oral care and hygiene.
No special care is required for dental implants, just brush and floss normally!
Implants look and feel more natural than dental bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than alternative treatments.

What is the Placement and Restoration Process?

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.

What’s the process for receiving a dental implant?

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.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The only way to know if you are a good candidate for implants is to schedule a consultation with 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
  • Non-smoker
  • A strong jaw bone that can support a dental implant
  • Free of chronic health issues like untreated diabetes, osteoporosis, and immune system disorders

The only way to know if you are a good candidate for implants is to schedule a consultation with Naples dentist and get cleared for treatment. Typically, good candidates for dental implants fit the following criteria:

What Follow-Up care is necessary after getting a dental implant?

Dr. Marquez will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to keep your mouth healthy as it heals, so make sure you follow them to the letter. A few steps you’ll need to take include avoiding directly brushing the implant site for a few days after your procedure, and avoiding heavy exertion and exercise for 1-3 days after your surgery.

In addition, you should avoid brushing the implant site directly for a few days after it’s been placed. You can brush the surrounding teeth, and use salt water to rinse your mouth and clean the implant site. After a few days, you can start brushing it gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Usually, you’ll need to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for at least a week or longer after surgery. Chew food on the opposite side of your mouth to minimize the chance of pain and discomfort near your implant site. 

You can expect to feel pain and discomfort for up to 3-5 days, after which your symptoms will peak and your implant site will begin to feel more normal. You can take prescription painkillers (if prescribed by Dr. Marquez) or over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen to help with pain and inflammation.

In most cases, you’ll need to come into Altamar Dental Studio for a follow-up about 2 weeks after your initial surgery. At this time, your implant should have completely healed, and you should no longer be feeling any pain or discomfort. At this appointment, Dr. Marquez will ensure that it’s healing properly and look for signs of infection. She will also remove any remaining stitches (if non-self-dissolving stitches were used).
After this, you will need to come in for several more appointments over the next 3-6 months, as the implant permanently bonds with your jaw bone. Dr. Marquez will continue checking to ensure your implant is healing properly, and will also begin taking impressions, images, and measurements of your teeth to craft your implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown.

After your implant has fully healed and you no longer feel any pain or discomfort, you will need to start brushing it normally with toothpaste, just like you would brush a tooth. Brushing the area around your implant twice a day as part of your oral hygiene routine reduces the risk of peri-implantitis (gum disease around the implant) and will keep your implant healthy.

Even after you’ve come back to our office to have your crown or another implant-supported prosthesis attached to your implant, you’ll need to maintain a healthy mouth by brushing twice a day and flossing twice per day. Implant-supported crowns can be treated just like natural teeth, but fixed bridges and removable implant-supported dentures will require further dental care, so make sure you follow the at-home care instructions that Dr. Marquez gives you after placing your implant-supported restoration.

What Types Of Implants Do You Offer?

At Altamar Dental Studio, we offer both single-tooth implants and full-arch implants. Whether you’re missing just one or two teeth, or you’ve lost most or all of your teeth due to severe oral trauma, decay, or gum disease, Dr. Shirley Marquez is here to help you restore your smile.

If you are not sure whether or not dental implants are right for you, or you want more information about single-tooth and full-arch implants, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation at Altamar Dental Studio. Dr. Marquez can explain the differences between single-tooth and full-arch implants in detail, and determine if you’re a good candidate for either treatment.

What Is The Difference Between Single-Tooth Implants And Full-Arch Implants?

Both single-tooth implants and full-arch implants are meant to restore your missing teeth permanently, and they use metal dental implants that are surgically placed into your gum and jaw tissue. 

Over time, these implants heal and bond with your natural oral tissue, providing a permanent “root” to which a dental implant restoration can be attached.

The main difference is that single-tooth implants are intended to restore only a single tooth, or several missing teeth, and they do not require the extraction of any of your remaining teeth. Single-tooth implants are placed alongside your natural teeth, and are designed to fit perfectly next to your remaining teeth to restore your smile.

In contrast, full-arch implants are intended to replace a full row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Before they can be placed, you must have any remaining teeth extracted, just like with dentures.

The method of restoration is also different. Single-tooth implants are usually restored with a single porcelain dental crown, which replaces one missing tooth, as the name suggests. 

In contrast, full-arch implants are restored using a denture that attaches to a series of 4-6 dental implants, which are usually implanted into your gums and jaw at the same time. 

Once your implants have healed, this denture attaches directly to the implants or to a bar that’s supported by the implants, and is locked in place so that it does not shift or move. 

This means that, compared to a traditional set of dentures, full-arch implants are much more stable and will not move or shift when you try to eat or speak. 

The steps you’ll need to take to care for your new smile are also quite different. Single-tooth implants are very easy to care for. You can treat a single-tooth implant just like a natural tooth. You’ll need to brush and floss your teeth normally, and see Dr. Marquez for regular teeth cleanings every six months. That’s it. 

Full-arch implants are a bit different. If you have a permanent implant-supported denture, you will need to use special dental tools to clean between your gums, implants, and your denture, and to remove food debris and keep your smile healthy. 

Removable implant-supported dentures are also available. These dentures can be treated similarly to a traditional set of dentures. You’ll have to remove and rinse them after eating and soak them at night in denture cleaning solution.

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