Tooth loss is a problem that millions of American adults experience every year. Several reasons that patients can experience this unfortunate outcome include the presence of advanced periodontal (gum) disease, serious oral or facial trauma, and tooth decay. Traditionally, the only options available for reconstruction were removable partial and full dentures and crown supported fixed bridges. Thankfully, Dr. Kathryn Ryan is happy to offer a much-improved alternative here in Jacksonville, FL, using the innovative dental implant supported tooth replacement technique. To schedule a dental implant tooth replacement consultation, please contact Parkway Prosthodontics today. We’ll examine your smile, discuss your treatment options, and help you to create a personalized tooth replacement plan.
A dental implant is a screw-like cylinder that can be crafted from a variety of materials, including titanium and zirconia. The secret behind the success of the implant placement is that while dentures and bridges are designed to recreate the white crown parts of the tooth that are visible when you smile, implants are designed to replace the root hidden underneath the gums and anchored into the jawbone.
Dr. Ryan will surgically insert and implant into your jaw, where it will work as an anchor that supports your eventual dental restoration. We also attach an abutment, which connects the restoration to the implant and won’t be visible above the gum line. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Ryan specializes in the design and placement of custom dental implant restorations and other advanced restorative dentistry services. The final result after your implant supported restoration is in place will be so lifelike that virtually no one should notice that the implant-retained tooth or teeth are not natural.
The number of dental implants used depends on the number and location of missing teeth. We will typically recommend the following:
“Immediate loading” has become standard protocol over time when treating a patient who has lost all of their natural teeth. This means that new “teeth” will be placed over one-piece implants within 48 hours. This procedure is non-invasive and virtually painless! It allows us to offer increased stability for dentures without making patients spend more time than necessary without a healthy, functional smile.
Patients who select Immediate Implants will only need to attend one or two office visits here in Jacksonville to prepare for their restoration. Dr. Ryan will fit the implants precisely into the jawbone, allowing them to become wholly functional and stable right away.
Unsure if you can afford dental implants? Talk to our team about arranging a payment plan. We want as many of our patients as possible to be able to take advantage of innovative immediate load implant tooth replacement. We are happy to process and file insurance claims and help you with financing options.