Because of their natural look, exceptional feel, and superior function, dental implants have changed the face of tooth replacement in the last few decades. But what are dental implants and how are they used to replace your missing or damaged teeth? This page is intended to give you a comprehensive overview.
A dental implant is made out of three separate parts: a fixture (or root), an abutment (or middle piece), and a crown (or top piece). These three pieces are placed separately during procedures over the course of 3 to 6 months. Once completely healed, all of these pieces work together to create a beautiful tooth that looks, feels, and works just like your natural tooth. And because these parts are strong and stable, they can last many decades when cared for properly.
Dental implants are usually made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and not easily rejected by the tissues in your body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental devices and other bone-related implants. The part of the tooth that sits above the gum line, called a crown, is usually composed of porcelain or a porcelain-type material. Porcelain gives dental crowns their strong chewing surface and ability to blend seamlessly with natural teeth.
The total time that it takes to get dental implants typically varies from patient to patient. Patients who have multiple teeth replaced or who require supplemental procedures may need more healing time than other patients who only need one implant. If supplemental procedures are not required, then the whole process usually takes 3 to 6 months from start to finish. If you would like to know more about supplemental procedures, please feel free to review our supplemental procedures page.
If you would like to try dental implants, your first step should be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kraver. This initial examination will help you find out if dental implants are a good option for you, your needs, and your budget. The first examination also involves a careful inspection of your mouth, teeth, and gums to see if they are sufficient for dental implant placement. If your jaw or gum tissues are not healthy, one or more supplemental procedures may be required before your dental implant placement.
Now that you have learned all the details you need about what dental implants are, why not take a moment to explore our Dental Implants InfoSite page about what makes a good dental implant candidate? If you live in the Cape Coral, FL area and want to experience the benefits of dental implants for yourself, please feel free to call us for a consultation with Dr. Kraver. We offer great payment plans and a knowledgeable staff to answer all your questions! Now is a great time to get started on your best smile ever with dental implants from Cape Dental Care!
Dr. Phillip Kraver
3001 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL
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Friday: 8AM – 1PM