Dental implants are an excellent way to restore your smile through methods of advanced dentistry. They're the best way to restore your smile after experiencing tooth loss. Our dentist in Miami Beach FL, Dr. DelCastillo, recommends dental implants over other restorative dentistry procedures because they provide the most stability and resemble natural teeth.
Get to Know Your Dental Implant
A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is a medical-grade titanium screw that permanently fuses to your jawbone. This is what will hold the dental implant in place. The abutment is the piece that connects the new tooth to the titanium screw. This piece is permanent but it can be removed by Dr. Castillo.
The final piece of a dental implant is the crown. This is the part of the implant that looks just like your natural tooth. The crown is typically made out of porcelain because it's the most durable and natural-looking choice of material. Ask Dr. Castillo for more information on your new Miami Beach dental implants.
Advantages of Dental implants:
● Durable, comfortable
● Stable and secure
Disadvantages of Dental Implants:
● Expensive, a significant financial investment
● Time-consuming process
● Risk of implant failure, only 5% of the time
Types of Implants
There are several types of dental implants that Dr. Castillo may recommend. Speak with us to determine which type of dental implant would best suit your needs.
Endosteal: placed in the jawbone, titanium is used to secure the implant in place. This is the most common type of dental implant provided by our Miami Beach dentist.
Subperiosteal: This type of implant is placed under the gumline but on or above the jawbone. This implant is ideal for patients who don't have enough healthy jawbone to support an endosteal implant. This is also ideal for patients who prefer not to have a jawbone augmentation surgery.
Bone augmentation is a procedure recommended by Dr. DelCastillo if the jawbone is unable to support a dental implant. This process regenerates bone tissue and gives your jaw a solid foundation to restore your smile. There are several options to supply the bone grafting material, so the method will depend on preference. Sources of the bone grafting material can be your own body, a cadaver, or a synthetic material. Speak to Dr. DelCastillo about your bone grafting options.
A sinus lift may be recommended if there's not enough space in your upper jaw to allow dental implants. This simple procedure increases the height of your jaw to allow room above the premolar and molar teeth for smile restoration.
Ridge expansion is recommended to widen the upper jaw to support implants. This process consists of our Miami Beach dentist cutting the bone in half and then adding a bone grafting material to widen the area.
Ask Dr. DelCastillo to learn more about any additional procedures that can help restore your smile to be as healthy as possible. If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Miami Beach, call our office today. Call (305) 535-3113 or fill out a patient request form on our website and a member of our team will get in touch with you at your convenience. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile.