What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that serve as tooth root replacements. They provide points of attachment for artificial teeth so that they will be well grounded and will not slip around inside the mouth. They also allow bridges to be affixed to the jawbone itself instead of the neighboring teeth.
 
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Is a dental implant right for me?

You may need a dental implant if there is a space in your mouth from a missing tooth or you are getting a tooth extracted and will need it replaced. Even if you are not concerned with how a missing tooth looks, neglecting to replace it can lead to serious oral health problems.

What is involved in getting a dental implant?

Dental implants are a very simple procedure because of their thorough and proper planning. It should also be noted that a dental implant is not a tooth replacement but rather the base to which a replacement tooth or crown is attached.

  • CT Scan — First, a CT scan of the area will be taken to produce a 3D image. This helps Dr. Astrid Alves take exact measurements and ensure that the patient has enough bone to sustain an implant. If there is insufficient bone, a graft may be required.
  • Implant Placement — Once full preparation has been completed, Dr. Alves will insert the implant into the bone in a very simple procedure. Once the implant is attached, it will need about three months to heal.
  • Replacement — After the area has healed, Dr. Alves will digitally scan your implant and remaining teeth. Then she will design
    an abutment, the device that connects the implant with the restoration, and then fabricate a beautiful crown. These items are connected, giving the patient a complete and healthy smile.

 
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Is the procedure painful? I do not like drills and screws.

Patients will be fully anesthetized for this procedure, so they will not experience any pain or pressure. There may be some slight soreness afterwards, but none of the drilling sensation will be experienced by the patient.

Why are implant prices different?

At Forma Dental — Modern Dental Aesthetics, we utilize the best implants available. They are fabricated with the most advanced implant surface and design available. When placed on patients that are medically compromised, these implants show the highest success rates. They are recognized worldwide.

It is important to have a consultation instead of seeking a flat price because the base price of an implant does not include abutments, crowns or the CT Scan. What is more, a patient may need a bone graft in order to receive implants, which again will not be considered if a patient simply calls and asks for the price of a dental implant.

We invite you to call Forma Dental — Modern Dental Aesthetics at 786-762-2465 to schedule your consultation with our prosthodontist and learn more about the benefits of dental implants in Coral Gables, Florida.