If you have missing teeth, chewing can be difficult. It can change the way you speak and make you feel self-conscious when smiling and laughing. Missing teeth can also cause your remaining teeth to shift, which can mean enamel wear, cavities, and tooth fractures.
At Anderson Family Dental, we want you to enjoy healthy dietary choices and speak and smile with confidence.
Dr. Bryant Anderson, your dentist in Winter Park, offers a variety of tooth replacement options, but dental implants are considered the gold standard. They are long-lasting and the closest tooth replacement option available when it comes to mimicking your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Defined
A dental implant is a replacement root. Your dentist surgically implants this root—which looks like a thin titanium screw—into your jaw where it bonds with the bone over a period of months. When bonding is complete, we place a restoration tooth, also called a dental crown.
If you have significant or full tooth loss, you can opt for an implant-supported bridge or denture. Dental implant posts are sturdy, and it typically takes less than six posts to support a prosthetic.
Most patients compare dental implant placement—as far as discomfort—to other less-invasive dental treatments. However, we offer sedation dentistry in Winter Park, FL to help you feel at ease during your implant journey.
Dental Implants in Winter Park, FL
The first step is a conversation and consultation with Dr. Anderson. After examining your mouth—and taking x-rays, if no recent images are on file—he will determine whether implant dentistry is a viable option for you.
If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Anderson uses CBCT imaging to meticulously plan your implants and a custom 3-D printed guide to aid in your implant surgery.
In some cases, if you do not have sufficient bone for dental implants, Dr. Anderson will discuss bone grafting and staged treatments.
Taking Care of Your Dental Implant
Dental implants do not need specific maintenance, which is part of the reason they are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement.
You brush and floss at least twice per day and visit your dentist on schedule—just as you did before your implants. These practices prevent future tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism, ask your dentist about a nightguard, which protects your teeth and implants by preventing grinding and clenching. It is also essential to wear the proper mouthguard when competing in contact sports.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
If you would like to discuss your tooth replacement options or schedule a consultation for dental implants, we are standing by to talk to you.
We serve patients in Winter Park, Maitland, Orlando, Casselberry, Longwood, Oviedo, Winter Springs, and anywhere else people are looking for quality dentistry.