About Dental Implants - palm beach gardens fl

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What Are Dental Implants?

Have you lost a tooth to decay, injury, or trauma? Are your smile and confidence suffering? At PGA Dentistry, we can help. We pride ourselves on the many teeth restorative procedures we offer for our patients. The implant treatments we offer include Zirconia implant bridges, single-tooth, multiple-tooth, full arch, and mini dental implants at our Palm Beach Gardens office to replace missing teeth.  A dental implant is a small, yet durable titanium screw, surgically placed in your jawbone to stand in for your missing tooth root. Once implanted, the screw is restored using tooth-colored restorations called dental crowns. Implants are an excellent way to replace your teeth, as they feel, function, and look almost exactly like a natural tooth.

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The placement of dental implants is a complex surgical procedure that requires extensive training and experience to master. Throughout his career, Dr. Jay Ajmo has been refining his approach to the art and science of implant dentistry, and has earned a reputation as a true innovator in the field, holding internationally recognized credentials in dental implant surgery and restoration. Using only state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, Dr. Ajmo can customize each dental implant procedure to the exact needs and goals of his patients, giving them the most durable, stable, and lifelike replacements for missing teeth.

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Tooth Replacement Options with Dental Implants

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Missing a tooth can make it difficult to smile with confidence and can even cause oral health problems. Fortunately, replacing a single tooth can be done with one dental implant and one crown. More durable and easier to clean than a bridge, a dental implant also eliminates the need to use healthy teeth adjacent to the gap for support. This treatment will prevent your other teeth from shifting, and can last for decades with proper care

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Multiple tooth replacement with dental implants can provide the best possible support and, with the proper care, can last a lifetime. If you want to restore your ability to bite and chew normally, halt the deterioration of jawbone, and maintain the aesthetics and structural integrity of your smile, dental implants are the most reliable solution.

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A toothless smile can present several problems, aesthetically, structurally, and functionally. Leaving missing teeth untreated can present more severe oral health problems as well. Dr. Ajmo can perform full-arch tooth replacement with dental implants using amazing 3D technology and his fine-tuned surgical skill. The result of years of neglect or significant trauma can be reversed in just a few appointments at our Palm Beach Gardens office. Your dental implants will be placed and restored to provide a beautiful, fully functioning smile.

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PGA Dentistry is one of the first dental practice in South Florida or The Palm Beaches to offer this high-quality bridge materials. Zirconia bridges are implant-secured partial dentures fabricated using zirconia, an ultra-strong, biocompatible type of dental material. Zirconia will not chip, crack, or scratch, and it is stain resistant. This means that your new smile will continue to look new for years.

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Full-arch dental implants can eliminate the need for ill-fitting appliances and messy adhesives. Implant-supported dentures are securely anchored to the jaw bone with the same security as natural teeth. This stability allows you to use your dentures to bite into steaks and apples with complete confidence. If you are missing teeth, implant-supported dentures are the very best way to restore the balance, functionality, and appearance of your smile.

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Tooth Restoration

Implant Abutment

Implant Body

Anatomy of a Dental Implant

Once you lose a tooth, your smile begins to shift; your existing teeth can move out of place, your soft-tissue and jawbone can deteriorate, and the gap left in your gums can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Replacing your tooth with a dental implant not only supports your jaw and the rest of your teeth, it makes it much easier to brush and floss to protect against plaque and bacterial buildup. A missing tooth can make it difficult to chew, eat, and speak normally, but dental implants make your smile whole again, to make those everyday functions easy and natural. Maybe your confident smile has been tarnished by an unwanted gap. Boost your self-esteem and express yourself with pride by replacing your teeth with a dental implant. The benefits you can experience from this procedure are limitless, and Dr. Ajmo’s renowned expertise and success can help you enjoy them.

Once the implant has been applied and has begun to heal and fuse together with the jawbone for a permanent fit, the abutment will be attached to the artificial tooth root implant. The abutment acts as a small metal piece that connects the tooth root and the crown. For a while the abutment may protrude above the gum line until the permanent tooth restoration has been designed to fit your mouth perfectly. Dr. Ajmo may have a temporary crown ready for you while your permanent tooth replacement is carefully custom-designed and color-matched to frame and blend in with your smile.

The artificial tooth root is made from a lightweight titanium implant that looks very similar to a tiny screw. The reason for it being made from titanium is because this material is biocompatible with the human body, so it will not be rejected. Dr. Ajmo will calculate and measure exactly where the titanium post should be to replace the function of your natural tooth root. It is after the implantation that the titanium post will fuse with the jawbone to make a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic tooth above; this process is more commonly known as osseointegration. While the artificial tooth root is not visible once it is implanted, it is still considered the most important part in the dental implant as it keeps it all together for a long-lasting result.

Understanding the Implant Procedure

Replacing teeth with dental implants can be done quickly and carefully at PGA Dentistry. Your procedure will begin with a comprehensive consultation to determine your candidacy for dental implants. Our Palm Beach Gardens team is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly and will help answer any questions you may have about the treatment. Our doctors will discuss with you your options for anesthesia and sedation to help keep you comfortable during your appointment.

A traditional dental implant procedure involves gently inserting the titanium screw into your jawbone. Because it takes a few weeks for your bone and the implant to properly fuse, or osseointegrate, a temporary crown will be placed on the implant to maintain the aesthetics of your smile.

Once your permanent restoration has been crafted by our highly skilled dental laboratory technicians and osseointegration is complete, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with the more permanent tooth. Each crown we place is custom-designed to match your smile’s shape and color, as well as accent your facial features. We will invite you back for a follow-up appointment a few weeks later to check the healing progress of your gums and your new smile.

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Dental Implants Combined with a Beautiful Smile Makeover

Dental Implants are our best option for tooth restoration when comparing them to dentures and dental bridges, and here’s why: low maintenance, permanent, no diet restrictions, and improves overall oral and physical health! Combine this with any one of our dental treatments and you won’t be able to stop smiling. Here are some of our commonly combined treatments with dental implants that you may be interested in:

Restorative Dentistry Treatments

  • Full-mouth reconstruction – For patients with severe oral health issues or oral pain issues, we combine one or more restorative procedures to completely restore your mouth and improve your smile simultaneously.
  • Dental crowns – A tooth-shaped cover that restores beauty and function to a damaged, decayed, or infected tooth that allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy.
  • Dental bridges – An implant-secured partial denture that is strong and long-lasting.
  • Tooth colored fillings – A long-lasting option that beautifully and naturally blends in with the rest of your smile.
  • Periodontal therapy – Treats gum disease and prevents further infection.
  • Root canal therapy – A treatment to save a tooth that has been compromised by tooth decay.
  • Laser dentistry – To gently correct visually imbalanced gum tissue for a more pleasing smile.
  • Dentures – Modern versions of prosthetic appliances that offer a lightweight design, precision fit, and better aesthetics than dentures in the past. Modern day dentures are commonly supported by dental implants.
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General Dentistry Treatments

To keep your mouth feeling clean and your smile healthy.

Thoroughly looking at the gum tissues to make sure that they are healthy and maintain their proper position.

We evaluate the soft tissues in your mouth to look for any signs of oral cancer.

To treat the struggles of TMJ pain that some patients may have.

Keeping your entire mouth clean and disease free so harmful oral bacteria don’t spread to your heart or other organs in your body. 

To treat conditions that may require minor oral surgeries or tooth extractions.

Eliminating harmful tooth infections through root canal treatment.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Once you lose a tooth, your smile begins to shift; your existing teeth can move out of place, your soft-tissue and jawbone can deteriorate, and the gap left in your gums can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Replacing your tooth with a dental implant not only supports your jaw and the rest of your teeth, it makes it much easier to brush and floss to protect against plaque and bacterial buildup. A missing tooth can make it difficult to chew, eat, and speak normally, but dental implants make your smile whole again, to make those everyday functions easy and natural.

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Structural Benefits
As soon as you lose a tooth, the basic structure of your mouth begins to change. The jawbone beneath the lost tooth will start to deteriorate, and your existing teeth will shift out of place. If left untreated for a longer period, missing teeth can cause the structure of your face to change as well. The more missing teeth you have, the faster these changes occur. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants as soon as possible will provide facial and jaw support that cannot be matched by removable dentures or traditional bridges. 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.
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Functional Benefits
Day-to-day activities such as chewing, biting, eating, and speaking are much more difficult without a full set of teeth, particularly if you wear removable dentures. By placing dental implants to create a complete smile, Dr. Ajmo can help you restore full function to your mouth.
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Health Benefits
The gaps left when teeth are extracted or lost can harbor disease- and decay-causing bacteria. Because the gaps can be difficult to clean, plaque can build up more quickly. If left untreated, this buildup can lead to gingivitis, gum disease, tooth decay, infection, and even further tooth loss. The exposed gum can be damaged by sharp foods, causing unnecessary pain or sores. When you speak with Dr. Ajmo about the benefits of dental implants, he will explain how much easier it will be to maintain your oral health after the procedure. Brushing and flossing will keep your smile clean, as will biannual visits to PGA Dentistry for professional cleanings and checkups.
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Aesthetic Benefits
Dr. Ajmo provides care that meets both your restorative and cosmetic expectations. A dental implant procedure, although restorative in nature, should not be completed without aesthetic goals in mind. After all, we want you to walk out of our office with higher confidence in your smile and yourself. Living without a complete set of teeth can make smiling, laughing, and speaking uncomfortable. Between the secure comfort of having strong, stable teeth and the dazzling, natural appearance of our tooth-colored restorations, your new smile will give you the self-assurance you need to conquer whatever comes your way.

Osseointegration and Success With Dental Implants

Dental implants are also one of the most secure tooth replacement options out there. Unlike dentures or dental bridges that can be shaken loose during eating or talking, you’ll never have to worry about your dental implant becoming loose or falling out. This is done through a process called osseointegration–the process of bonding the implant to the jawbone, creating a firm foundation for the ceramic or porcelain tooth that will be capped on top.

Osseointegration also has another benefit strengthening the once weakened bone and gums underneath. When a tooth goes missing, it’s difficult for the bone to heal again with the gap left behind. If left untreated, this gap could cause further damage, leading to facial collapse and a sunken appearance. Your surrounding teeth could also shift around, leading to a reduced bite pressure or even pain, and eating or talking will feel stressful.

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After the implant is embedded, the gums are also reformed around the implant and heal around it as though it were a natural tooth. Titanium has been found to be biocompatible with human bone and tissues, which is why you can find this metal in almost every tool and prosthetic used in medical surgeries. So, when the titanium implant is embedded into the bone, the bone instead accepts it as a viable material instead of rejecting it. It begins to weave bone around the implant, locking it into place within the jawbone. It’s a pretty solid bond, much like how the rest of your natural teeth are supported by your jaw bone.

Throughout your dental implant treatment, osseointegration will gradually take place to ensure that your dental implant stays in place. With proper care and maintenance, the implant could very well last a lifetime.

Tooth Loss and Self-Confidence

It’s difficult to imagine that a healthy smile helps people to smile more! And when you feel good about your smile, it can do wonders for your confidence as well. Studies have shown that having one or more missing teeth can cause a lack of confidence, along with the symptoms of facial collapse if left untreated. Your friends and family may treat you differently as your face changes. If you lost a tooth due to tooth decay, your dental implant can help heal the area and it encourages our patients to take better care of their teeth. A dental implant can be cared for in the same way that you would with your natural teeth brushing, flossing, mouthwash, et cetera.
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Tooth Loss and Self-Confidence

It’s difficult to imagine that a healthy smile helps people to smile more! And when you feel good about your smile, it can do wonders for your confidence as well. Studies have shown that having one or more missing teeth can cause a lack of confidence, along with the symptoms of facial collapse if left untreated. Your friends and family may treat you differently as your face changes. If you lost a tooth due to tooth decay, your dental implant can help heal the area and it encourages our patients to take better care of their teeth. A dental implant can be cared for in the same way that you would with your natural teeth brushing, flossing, mouthwash, et cetera.

Candidacy

At PGA Dentistry, we believe that every patient deserves expertly planned, highly individualized treatment that will provide him or her with the oral health solutions they need. Based on thorough examinations and comprehensive consultations, we determine which of our patients are suitable dental implant candidates. Our Palm Beach Gardens team prides itself on the personal, one-on-one approach it takes to each patient's treatment and uses the initial consultation to determine candidacy, answer questions, and address concerns. Any patients who are missing teeth, have extensively damaged teeth that require extraction, or wearing traditional removable dentures are potential dental implant candidates. Our Palm Beach Gardens team will provide you with the information you need to understand your candidacy and prepare you for the right course of treatment
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Candidacy

At PGA Dentistry, we believe that every patient deserves expertly planned, highly individualized treatment that will provide him or her with the oral health solutions they need. Based on thorough examinations and comprehensive consultations, we determine which of our patients are suitable dental implant candidates. Our Palm Beach Gardens team prides itself on the personal, one-on-one approach it takes to each patient's treatment and uses the initial consultation to determine candidacy, answer questions, and address concerns. Any patients who are missing teeth, have extensively damaged teeth that require extraction, or wearing traditional removable dentures are potential dental implant candidates. Our Palm Beach Gardens team will provide you with the information you need to understand your candidacy and prepare you for the right course of treatment

Cost of Dental Implants

While a beautiful and complete smile is within reach for all patients, it’s understood that a few may feel hesitant once they see the sticker price. At PGA Dentistry, we never want a patient to give up on their dream smile due to the cost of the procedure. We have many financing options available and accept various payment methods. The overall investment for dental implants will vary from patient to patient, depending on the number of implants needed and if any supplemental procedures will be needed as well. The cost of dental implant procedures varies in price depending on a number of factors – number of dental implants needed, whether bone grafting is necessary and any supplemental procedures that may be required in your particular situation.
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Cost of Dental Implants

While a beautiful and complete smile is within reach for all patients, it’s understood that a few may feel hesitant once they see the sticker price. At PGA Dentistry, we never want a patient to give up on their dream smile due to the cost of the procedure. We have many financing options available and accept various payment methods. The overall investment for dental implants will vary from patient to patient, depending on the number of implants needed and if any supplemental procedures will be needed as well. The cost of dental implant procedures varies in price depending on a number of factors – number of dental implants needed, whether bone grafting is necessary and any supplemental procedures that may be required in your particular situation.

Accepted Payment and Financing Options

PGA Dentistry accepts many financing options and payment methods to offset the cost of the dental implant procedures. We are also proudly partnered with Proceed Finance, CareCredit® and Springstone Financial – patient financial options that cater to health, wellness, and beauty procedures and treatments. Proceed Finance, CareCredit and Springstone are easy to apply for and make payments online. They are convenient to use and have a history of working well and confidently with patients on their financial plan. We also accept several major dental insurance providers. Be sure to check your policy about what is or is not covered by your plan. If you have any questions about the dental insurances we accept or confusion about what your policy covers, feel free to contact our Palm Beach Gardens, FL office and one of our professional staff members will assist you.
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Accepted Payment and Financing Options

PGA Dentistry accepts many financing options and payment methods to offset the cost of the dental implant procedures. We are also proudly partnered with Proceed Finance, CareCredit® and Springstone Financial – patient financial options that cater to health, wellness, and beauty procedures and treatments. Proceed Finance, CareCredit and Springstone are easy to apply for and make payments online. They are convenient to use and have a history of working well and confidently with patients on their financial plan. We also accept several major dental insurance providers. Be sure to check your policy about what is or is not covered by your plan. If you have any questions about the dental insurances we accept or confusion about what your policy covers, feel free to contact our Palm Beach Gardens, FL office and one of our professional staff members will assist you.
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History of Dental Implants

Dental implants have been present in our human history for a very long time. In fact, primitive dental implants were found on skeletons dating back to ancient times in both Egypt and France. Tooth loss due to tooth decay can be found as far back as our Stone Age ancestors, so it makes sense that later descendants would attempt to fashion replacement teeth.

In Egypt a skeleton was found to have a replacement tooth shaped from a piece of shell, while an ancient skull from Algeria was found to have a tooth constructed from bone. In France, a tomb of Celtic elite was found with heavily decorated skeletons, one of which had a tooth replaced with an iron pin. Since the rest of the skeleton’s teeth were in relatively good shape, it was theorized that it was lost due to blunt force. As you can see, it’s been part of our history to show some care and maintenance to our teeth. Regardless of the primitive use of cleaning (if any at all), it’s interesting to find that our ancestors attempted to replace their teeth.

Modern day dental implants came about quite differently. While the field was young and not very respected, it was thanks to a Swedish scientist that the idea of osseointegration for dental implants came about. ​​​​​​​ Per-Ingvar Brånemark and his team were testing titanium implants in animal leg bones in the early 1950s. When they went back to remove the titanium implants from the legs, it was discovered that the bone had begun to grow around the implant, making removal difficult. This difficulty increased as time went on.

Brånemark dubbed the fusion of titanium to the bone as “osseointegration,” and pitched a new approach to dental implants. At first the new method of using titanium for dental implants was not well-received, but the trend grew more popular and became widely accepted. It was the missing piece that ultimately made dental implants successful. This new fusion, labeled “osseointegration”, secured the dental implant to the bone as a viable tooth replacement. When the implant is embedded, it stimulates the bone to weave fibers around the implant and bond it closely. It also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place to compensate for the empty space.

Today dental implants continue to make major advancements in the dental field. More and more patients are opting for dental implants, whether it’s the loss of a single tooth or just swapping out their dentures for an alternative treatment. Today, we can even work with you to craft your perfect dental implant, down to the size and color of what your original tooth looked like. That’s something our ancestors didn’t have access to.

Unlike our ancestors who inserted implants without anesthetic and with crude construction, we now have the technology to make your dental implant treatment the most comfortable and satisfying dental experience for you. We guarantee you’ll love your new smile, complete with a natural-looking dental implant.

Dental implants hold a host of benefits that some patients find more advantageous than other tooth replacement treatments. First, dental implants are remarkably resilient. Compared to other dental treatments that often use ceramics or acrylic, the porcelain crown and titanium screw of the implants have been found to last much longer than these others, so long as proper care and maintenance is given. With a dental implant you can continue enjoying the foods you love and caring for your implant as you would with your natural teeth.

3D CT Scan Technology

With 3D CT scans available for diagnosis and treatment planning, Dr. Ajmo can place dental implants with amazing precision. Using three-dimensional and cross-section views, these CT scans create computerized images that detail the intricacies of your jaw, bite, and teeth. This completely safe, comfortable, and effective tool has improved the accuracy with which Dr. Ajmo can identify your oral health needs and plan for the placement of your dental implants. Every aspect of your treatment will be carefully planned and documented.

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Sedation Dentistry

PGA Dentistry uses both oral conscious and IV sedation to help you cope with your dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry allows us to continue to provide our first-class care without compromising your peace of mind. Many people neglect their oral health for years out of fear of the dentist. Now we can help you restore your teeth and smile to optimum health with fewer appointments and less stress.

Discover Dental Implants for Yourself

For patients in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Stuart, FL, one of the best solutions available for your tooth loss is dental implants with our team of professionals at PGA Dentistry. This versatile tooth replacement is permanent, durable and can last for a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. If you want to learn more about dental implants for your tooth loss, we encourage you to peruse the site or contact us. Schedule a consultation with us as well, to have your oral health evaluated and your candidacy for dental implants determined.

Regain Your Smile With Custom Dental Implants!

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