Change Your Smile, Change Your Life
Missing one or more teeth can make daily life a challenge. We rely on a healthy set of teeth to speak, chew, and smile with confidence. However, missing even one tooth can lead to a host of oral health issues, such as jawbone deterioration (resorption).
At our dental practice in Boynton Beach, Dr. Landers offers dental implants, the number one restorative solution for patients living with missing teeth. Explore our guide below to find out more about dental implants and the benefits they could bring you.
Explore our guide below to find out more about dental implants and the benefits they could bring you.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Implants replace missing teeth from root to crown, integrating with your jawbone for unmatched stability and strength. Implants can help restore your smile’s beauty and functionality.
Because they mimic tooth roots, implants can help prevent jawbone deterioration and keep your teeth in proper alignment. Best of all, implants can be a lifelong solution if properly cared for.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When you choose dental implants as your tooth replacement, you’ll receive a wide variety of benefits that other solutions can’t match, such as:
- Natural Look and Function: Implants will line up perfectly with your surrounding teeth, making for a natural appearance and function.
- Lifelong Replacement: Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and the dental crown may only need to be replaced after about 15 years.
- Stimulates Healthy Jawbone Growth: Because implants are secured directly to the jawbone, they provide the necessary stimulation it needs to remain healthy and strong.
- Easy Maintenance: Implant restorations are easy to care for. Simply brush twice a day, rinse between meals, and floss once a day to keep them in good condition.
- Resistant to Decay: Unlike natural teeth, implant fixtures and crowns won’t break down or stain over time.
Who’s a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re looking for a tooth replacement option that allows you to eat with no restrictions, speak freely, and smile with confidence, dental implants may be the ideal solution for you. Dr. Landers may recommend implants to patients with:
- Ill-fitting bridges or dentures
- Missing teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Irreparably damaged teeth
Most patients find they’re an ideal candidate for dental implants. However, patients must have adequate jawbone density and healthy gums to ensure successful treatment. Fortunately, we offer supplemental procedures at our Boynton Beach office that will prepare your mouth for implants.
The Dental Implant Process
Before deciding if dental implants are the best course of action for your dental needs, you’ll undergo a preliminary dental and radiographic examination. During your consultation with Dr. Landers, he’ll work with you to determine your specific needs to help make your procedure a success.
Placing Your Implants
Once we’ve customized your treatment plan, you’ll return to our Boynton Beach office for your implant placement procedure. Your dental implants will be placed directly into your jawbone for a secure and lifelong restoration. Dr. Landers will administer a local anesthetic beforehand to ensure your procedure is painless.
From there, you’ll go through a three to six-month recovery period. During this period, your implants will naturally integrate with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
Final Restoration Fitting
Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our Boynton Beach office for your customized restoration. Depending on your needs, this may be a crown, fixed dental bridge, or full-arch dentures.
Dr. Landers will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your restoration fits naturally and comfortably. After your customized restoration is placed, you’ll leave our Boynton Beach office with a beautiful, healthy smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
The first week or two following your procedure is crucial to the success of your dental implants. Make sure to follow any instructions given to you by Dr. Landers carefully during this period, such as:
- Avoiding alcohol and tobacco products
- Limiting your diet to soft foods
- Rinsing with warm salt water after meals
Once you’ve healed, you can care for the implants just like natural teeth. Make sure to brush and floss daily, in addition to visiting our Boynton Beach practice for dental checkups twice a year. Dr. Landers recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoiding any brands of toothpaste that contain abrasive ingredients.
Not at all! Dr. Landers will administer a local anesthetic beforehand to ensure you don’t feel any pain while he works. You may experience some discomfort when the numbness subsides, but any pain should fade within a few days. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate the soreness in the meantime.
The cost of your dental implant treatment will depend on several factors, such as how many implants you received. Dr. Landers will provide you with a cost estimate at your initial consultation. We recommend that you contact your dental insurance provider ahead of time to learn what coverage your plan will provide.
Achieve Your Dream Smile With Dr. Landers
Ready to make a positive change to your oral health and the appearance of your smile? With the help of Dr. Landers and our Boynton Beach team, dental implants can restore your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call us at (561) 736-2122 or fill out our online contact form.