Dental Implant Specialist

Creating Smiles Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in St. Petersburg, FL & Clearwater, FL

Do you have a missing tooth that compromises your smile or prevents you from enjoying eating or laughing? To replace your missing tooth with one that looks and feels just like a natural tooth, contact the team at Creating Smiles Dental led by Cindy Brayer DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD. The team can restore your confidence and smile with a set of dental implants in just a few visits. Call their offices in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Florida, or book an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a cylindrical or tapered post surgically placed in your jaw to substitute for the missing root. It looks very similar to a small screw.

In three months’ time, the implant fuses with your bone to form a sturdy and robust foundation for the prosthetic tooth placed on top of it.

Dental implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss due to any cause. They promote oral health and allow you to have an artificial tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

Are dental implants right for everyone?

Anyone with a missing tooth and in good general health is an ideal candidate for a dental implant. After taking your detailed medical history, your dentist examines your jaw, teeth, and gums. Next, they take any necessary X-rays and evaluate your medical and dental health.

Men and women with poor oral health or loss of jaw bone and those who have diabetes or are smokers may not be candidates for implant surgery. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a bone graft to ensure you have a healthy jaw bone to support an implant. 

How is the implant procedure performed?

Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages. In the first stage, your dentist provides local anesthesia and places a metal post in your jaw where the new tooth will be attached. In the second stage, your dentist cements the artificial crown over the implant.

Between these two appointments, you can carry on with your daily life. It takes weeks to months before the metal post fuses with your jawbone. Then, your dentist affixes the artificial tooth to the metal post.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

A dental implant is an ideal solution for your missing tooth or teeth. This procedure has several benefits over dentures and bridges. Dental implants:

  • Last a lifetime
  • Are cost-effective in the long run
  • Retain your natural smile and face shape
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Protect the health of other teeth

A dental implant is a perfect solution for maintaining oral health and achieving a fantastic smile. To schedule a personalized consultation at Creating Smiles Dental, call or book an appointment online today.