Dental Implants in Port Orange
Permanent Smile Restorations
If you are missing one or more of your teeth, a dental implant from Dr. Joseph Smillie and Dr. Helen Smillie may be the best choice for you. Dental implants are durable, look and feel just like natural teeth, and last 30+ years with proper care. We provide expert care for our patients in Port Orange. To get started, schedule a consultation today!
Understanding The Basics
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of two parts. The first part is a piece of titanium that is shaped like a screw, and is surgically implanted into the gum and jaw tissue where your missing tooth used to be. Over time, it heals and permanently bonds with the jaw bone, functioning as an artificial tooth root.
The second part of an implant is the implant-supported restoration. For single-tooth implants, this is a dental crown that’s built to look just like a natural tooth. This crown is attached to the implant using an abutment, restoring your smile and your bite. Because implants mimic the same two-part structure as a real tooth, they are extremely durable, and they are the most natural method of smile restoration.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Why Should I Choose a Dental Implant?
The biggest benefit of a dental implant is that it will truly look and feel like a natural tooth. Unlike a partial denture or a dental bridge, your implant will not feel any different from your natural teeth.
Your implant will feel comfortable, and will never shift or move in your mouth. In fact, you don’t even need to do anything special to clean an implant beyond regular brushing and flossing, and coming in for preventive visits to Smillie Dental every six months.
Dental implants are also the longest-lasting method of tooth restoration. They tend to have a higher upfront cost than dentures or bridges, but usually last 30+ years. Most patients keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
Know What to Expect
The Implant Placement Process
First, you’ll need to schedule an appointment at Smillie Dental to see if you’re a good candidate for implants. Dr. Helen or Dr. Joseph will use a CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) x-ray scanner to capture a 3D image of your mouth and teeth, and determine if implants are right for you.
If you are approved, he will begin planning your treatment right away, and build a set of surgical guides that will ensure precise placement of your implant. At your next appointment, your doctor will use these guides to create an opening in your gum and jaw tissue, and place your implant. Your doctor will clean the treatment area and suture the surgical site to promote healing.
It takes about 2 weeks to heal from the initial surgery, but it will take between 3-6 months for your implant to permanently integrate with your jaw bone. During this time, you’ll come into our office for a few follow-up appointments with Dr. Helen or Dr. Joseph. Your doctor will ensure that your mouth is healing properly, and begin taking images and dental impressions of your mouth so that your implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown, can be built.
Once your mouth has healed completely and your implant-supported restoration has been made, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Your doctor will ensure that your restoration fits perfectly, then bond it into place, restoring your missing tooth and completing the procedure.
Have Questions About Dental Implants?
We’re Here for You
Not sure if dental implants are right for you? Find out with a consultation at Smillie Dental. We’re the #1 choice for implants in Port Orange, and Drs. Helen and Joseph Smillie will use the latest technology to determine if an implant is the best choice for your situation. Contact us at (386) 317-4754 or stop by our office at 5537 South Williamson Blvd, #675, Port Orange, Florida 32128 to learn more.
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