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Answers to Your Most Common Dental Implant Questions

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Dental Implants: Are They Right for Me?

Missing teeth can be a burden on an individual, but the dental implant solution is also an investment. At PGA Dentistry, we believe it’s important to be educated about each of our procedures, including dental implants. You may be asking yourself, why should I choose dental implants as my tooth restoration procedure?

Reasons for Dental Implants

Our patients in Palm Beach Gardens, FL have enjoyed many benefits of dental implants. But before they could reap the benefits, they had many reasons to look into dental implants in the first place. Some of the reasons to pursue dental implants are:

  • Restore your self-confidence
  • Want natural speaking and chewing motions
  • Missing one or more teeth
  • Pain and bite problems in your jaw
  • Repair facial collapse or sunken appearance
  • Replace dentures or dental bridges for more comfort or convenience

It may come as a surprise to some that the dental implant process can take some time. It can take three to four months, depending on the number of dental implants needed and the density of your jaw bone. But what our patients have found is that despite the length of the procedure, the payoff is significant.

If you have one or more missing teeth or are suffering from tooth decay, dental implants have an added bonus known as osseointegration. This process is the fusion of the implant to the jawbone underneath, prompting healthy bone growth. By allowing this fusion to take place, the bone grows strong, and keeps your facial structure from collapsing or sinking. By filling in that empty space with a dental implant, you’re also preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting.

When patients are missing teeth, we often recommend dental implants for healthy smiles. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that replaces the entire structure of the tooth from root to crown. With modern advances in technology and techniques, now is the time to have your dental implants placed.

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Dental Implant Consultation

The first step is just as important as the dental implant process itself—the consultation with Dr. Ajmo and his team. During the consultation, Dr. Ajmo will thoroughly examine the conditions of your mouth and oral health to best determine the route to take in replacing your tooth or teeth. Whether you need a single tooth replacement, multiple teeth replaced or a full arch teeth replacement, Dr. Ajmo has the means to transform your unappealing grin to a brighter and healthier smile.
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Dental Implant Consultation

The first step is just as important as the dental implant process itself—the consultation with Dr. Ajmo and his team. During the consultation, Dr. Ajmo will thoroughly examine the conditions of your mouth and oral health to best determine the route to take in replacing your tooth or teeth. Whether you need a single tooth replacement, multiple teeth replaced or a full arch teeth replacement, Dr. Ajmo has the means to transform your unappealing grin to a brighter and healthier smile.

Your Smile Transformation

During the consultation, Dr. Ajmo will take the time to check and see if you are eligible for dental implants by looking at your jawbone and gums for sufficient support. Our 3D CD CT scan technology is a great technological asset that will allow us to ascertain how much bone is available for dental implant placement. If either the jawbone or gums are compromised, there may be a need for bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation. PGA Dentistry has the skill and experience to treat just about any oral condition while providing a beautiful star-like smile that is also completely functional. When we say functional, we mean once your implants heal, there will be no diet restrictions so our patients can easily eat whatever foods that they love and enjoy them without worrying about their implants shifting around and coming loose. Dental implants also improve your oral health by preventing decay from affecting the rest of your real teeth among many other health and beauty benefits.
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Your Smile Transformation

During the consultation, Dr. Ajmo will take the time to check and see if you are eligible for dental implants by looking at your jawbone and gums for sufficient support. Our 3D CD CT scan technology is a great technological asset that will allow us to ascertain how much bone is available for dental implant placement. If either the jawbone or gums are compromised, there may be a need for bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation. PGA Dentistry has the skill and experience to treat just about any oral condition while providing a beautiful star-like smile that is also completely functional. When we say functional, we mean once your implants heal, there will be no diet restrictions so our patients can easily eat whatever foods that they love and enjoy them without worrying about their implants shifting around and coming loose. Dental implants also improve your oral health by preventing decay from affecting the rest of your real teeth among many other health and beauty benefits.

FAQ About Dental Implants

One of the most important things to the team at PGA Dentistry is that our patients feel comfortable with the treatment they are receiving and are prepared with useful information to help them understand the process and set their expectations wisely. Our doctors and team will provide you with excellent dental implant information on your first visit to our Palm Beach Gardens office. During this consultation, we urge you to ask questions and share your concerns so that we can equip you with the knowledge you need.
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FAQ About Dental Implants

One of the most important things to the team at PGA Dentistry is that our patients feel comfortable with the treatment they are receiving and are prepared with useful information to help them understand the process and set their expectations wisely. Our doctors and team will provide you with excellent dental implant information on your first visit to our Palm Beach Gardens office. During this consultation, we urge you to ask questions and share your concerns so that we can equip you with the knowledge you need.

Dental implants are made up of three parts – the titanium screw, abutment, and prosthetic tooth.

The titanium screw is embedded into the jaw where the missing tooth once was, encouraging bone growth and keep the teeth from shifting. The abutment caps the top of the screw and protrudes from the gumline as a post for the porcelain tooth to be placed. The prosthetic tooth is customized to blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth, even matching the color and contour. Dental implant offers a more natural-looking, permanent solution to tooth loss than other temporary solutions like dentures and dental bridges.

Our patients have found many benefits for choosing dental implants. For one, implants prevent the jawbone from collapsing or becoming infected, as the implant effectively fills the gap left behind and encourages bone growth around it. By being permanently fixed in the jaw, patients can clean them as easily as their other teeth and enjoy a stable bite pressure for mealtimes. Psychologically, our patients have noticed a resurging confidence in themselves. By restoring their smiles to their once photogenic state, our patients are ready to take on the world once again and smile genuinely.

The best candidates for dental implants are those who are missing one or more teeth, have tooth decay, or want to swap out their dentures or dental bridges. However, patients who have excessive tooth decay or other periodontal diseases may need supplemental procedures prior to surgery. If you are lacking sufficient jawbone or gum tissue, Dr. Ajmo may recommend a bone or gum graft to encourage growth in those areas prior to surgery. In some cases, the grafts can be applied during the first phase of the implant process as well.

When it comes to your oral and overall health, the expenses required for dental implant treatment are minimal when the reward is considered. All our restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dentistry services should be seen as investments in your future, your health, and your happiness. Dr. Ajmo also provides various financing and payment options to make treatment more affordable.

When patients come in to PGA Dentistry and need to have a one or more teeth replaced, but have suffered significant bone loss in their jaw, a bone grafting procedure is often necessary. Using our 3D CT scan diagnostic imaging, Dr. Ajmo can quickly and accurately check the quantity and quality of the remaining bone to see if additional bone needs to be grafted in order to properly support a dental implant. During your consultation at our office, we will determine whether a bone graft is necessary in order to proceed with dental implants. Thanks to the incredibly dental technology we have access too, and Dr. Ajmo’s surgical skill, the bone grafting procedure can be completed before or during the dental implant surgery.

At PGA Dentistry, we understand that every patient experiences different levels of stress or concern with dental appointments and treatment. With sedation dentistry, you will be kept completely relaxed and numb throughout the entire process. For at-home recovery, Dr. Ajmo can prescribe medications to keep you comfortable during the healing process. If you prefer to be totally unaware during the procedure or suffer from severe dental phobia or anxiety, IV sedation will be discussed at length during your consultation at our Palm Beach Gardens practice to ensure that you have all the dental implant information you need.

It’s not uncommon for one of our patients to return with their denture in hand and ask for dental implants instead. Our patients recognize that dental implants may be best for them, as the convenience and long-lasting effects outweigh the traits of dentures. Dentures and dental bridges are only temporary solutions for missing teeth. They merely cover the gap left behind and do little to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting or keep the jawbone underneath from collapsing. They also have an unfortunate habit of becoming loose and falling out. Nothing is quite as embarrassing as eating with friends and family and having to adjust your dentures at the table. After every 5 to 10 years of daily removal and scrubbing, dentures and bridges also need replacement due to general wear and tear. Dental implants offer a permanent solution, filling the space and encouraging bone growth for a healthier smile. They’re fixed in the jaw, with no risk of falling out or breaking. Because they are fitted so firmly, they also ensure even bite pressure so you can enjoy your favorite foods. You can also care for the dental implant in the same way that you would with your natural teeth – brushing, flossing, mouthwash and more.

Each aspect of the dental implant procedure is completely customizable to your unique needs. The number of implants needed in any particular case varies from individual to individual. Of course, the number of teeth you are missing or that need restoring will play a part in determining the details of your treatment.

Dr. Ajmo may suggest any of the following options:

  • Single-tooth Replacement
  • Multiple Tooth Replacement
  • Full Arch Teeth Replacement
  • Zirconia Implant Bridge
  • Attached Dentures

Because of the variations in dental implant restoration techniques, Dr. Ajmo can place natural-looking restorations on your implants soon after surgery, and in many cases, immediately after. No matter which timeline Dr. Ajmo deems best for your needs, whether temporary or permanent, we will make sure the aesthetics of your smile are maintained throughout the process.

The first step towards any procedure you’re interested in is to consult Dr. Ajmo at PGA Dentistry. His extensive experience in the field of dental implants have enabled Dr. Ajmo to plan and perform many successful implant surgeries for each unique patient. If it has been determined that dental implants are right for you by Dr. Ajmo, the next step is to plan each stage of the procedure. Since dental implants are comprised of three parts, the first two parts require a period of healing between the procedures while the third part is the trial and application of the prosthetic tooth.

Gathering as much dental implant information as possible before undergoing treatment at our Palm Beach Gardens office will significantly improve your experience. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and have your questions answered.

Welcome To Your New Dental Home!

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