QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS IN JACKSONVILLE? WE HAVE ANSWERS
If you’re considering dental implants, you may still have questions about this replacement or its process, and it’s important to get the information that you need before making a commitment to your treatment. A prosthodontist is someone that specializes in the restoration of dental structure, making them the perfect person to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Jacksonville.
"WHY SHOULD I VISIT A PROSTHODONTIST FOR IMPLANTS?"
Because dental implants must be surgically placed into your jawbone, many dentists don’t have the knowledge or training to conduct this procedure. That’s why a lot of patients have to receive dental implants at one practice, while getting their restoration at another. If you visit a prosthodontist, they can place and restore your dental implants all under one roof. Plus, they must have 3 extra years of training in addition to general dental education, specifically in the restoration of dental and bone structure.
"HOW MANY DENTAL IMPLANTS WILL I NEED?"
Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, and even entire smiles. That’s why the number of dental implants that you require will directly depend on how many teeth you’re missing. It’s hard to estimate how many dental implants that you need without examining your mouth first. Sometimes, bigger teeth like molars will require multiple implants for a stable replacement—it will all depend on how many teeth you’re missing and where you’re missing them.
"ARE ALL DENTAL IMPLANTS THE SAME?"
There are a variety of implants that range in size, shape, width, and even the material that they are made of. The size of your dental implant(s) will depend on factors like the strength of your jawbone and where you’re missing teeth. As for the material, a well-trained prosthodontist will only use high-grade titanium to ensure that their patients are receiving permanent and healthy implants.
"CAN DENTAL IMPLANTS HELP WITH MY DENTURE?"
Yes! If you have a denture that slips and slides around when you’re talking or chewing, dental implants can be used to secure it! By strategically placing dental implants in your jawbone, your prosthodontist can use them to anchor your denture for a stable, sturdy, and strong full smile replacement. Implant-retained dentures allow patients to have the confidence that they deserve to eat, speak, and laugh in public.
"WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER RECEIVING IMPLANTS?"
After your surgery, it’s important to let your dental implants fuse to your jawbone and heal. During this healing period of 3 to 4 months, it’s especially important that you avoid smoking or the use of any tobacco products. You should also maintain a good oral healthcare routine but be careful around the implant site.
Now that you know more about dental implants, are you ready to get started? Contact an expert prosthodontist to take your first step towards a healthy, strong, and beautiful set of teeth.
MEET THE PROSTHODONTIST
Dr. Kathryn Ryan received her Certificate of Specialty in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science Degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry, making her an expert in the placement and restoration of dental implants. She currently practices at Parkway Prosthodontics, and she can be contacted through her website or by phone at (904) 204-1628 for any questions.