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Dental Implants In Kissimmee, FL

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root created as a permanent fixture to replace a missing, damaged or lost tooth. Dental implants are the most common form of treatment for repairing and restoring damaged and missing teeth.

At Affinity Dental Group, we deliver the best dental implants Kissimmee has to offer. From single dental implants to multiple implants. Our team of professionals has years of experience consulting hundreds of patients and helping them restore their oral health to the fullest, through our implant dentistry services.

One reason for the popularity behind implants is that they are far more effective as a long-term solution for patients with severely damaged or missing teeth. Implants will not come loose and are a permanent solution and will even improve your overall health as they do not require altering nearby teeth to support the implant. This means your remaining teeth are left intact.

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What is a Single Dental Implant?

When a person has lost a single tooth due to an accident, injury, decay or disease, a single dental implant may be the best option for you. This single implant will fully function and look like your old natural tooth. As the surrounding teeth are not affected or altered by the dental implant, you will be preserving the health of neighboring teeth. Not to mention the single implant will be aesthetically appealing, easy to reach and clean and function exactly like a healthy, natural tooth.

During your consultation, our dental professionals will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition and determine the exact course of treatment necessary to restore the lost or damaged tooth. The exact size, type, and design will be determined to restore your lost tooth to full functionality and appearance.

Multiple Dental Implants

Dentists suggest that implant dental bridges could be an excellent option for those who have more than two missing teeth and want to avoid detachable partial dentures.

In certain cases, a patient will require multiple implants when they are suffering from more than one missing tooth. If this is the case, two fixtures may be implanted, followed by an implant-supported bridge. If necessary, any damaged teeth will need to be surgically removed. This is followed by the placement of the dental implants. Depending on your specific case, this may be done in the same appointment or may be done after your gums have been allowed to fully heal. The implant-supported bridge is now attached and will be a permanent fixture, restoring full functionality.

All-on-Four Dental Implants

All-on-four dental implants make it feasible for only four implants to help replace an entire set of teeth. Patients no longer have to go on living in discomfort or choosing dentures as their only treatment option. Today, ‘all-on-four’ implant restorations are becoming increasingly popular among patients needing to restore a full arch of teeth. All-on-four implants are a set of permanent, life-like set of teeth, attached to implants and surgically positioned to the jaw. There will be little to no differentiation between these implants and natural teeth.

With all-on-four implants you can restore your original smile. All-on-four dental implants are generally made from acrylic fused to titanium which allows them to fuse with the living bone of the tooth. The implant eventually becomes a part of your jawbone structure and is a permanent foundation for your new teeth. Surprisingly, even though this method is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, all-on-four dental implants help save both time and money.

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How are Dental Implants Placed?

At Affinity Dental Group, your initial consultation will consist of a comprehensive examination of your mouth to get an exact idea of your overall oral health. This involves a detailed visual assessment by one of our highly trained dentists and may require additional testing to determine the exact course of treatment for you. During the actual all-on-four procedure, antibiotics are administered before the surgery and you will be placed under IV sedation or local anesthesia while the surgery is performed.

Next, an incision will be made in the treatment area. This creates an open flap where the dentist will then prepare the bone, using a small drilling instrument, for the placement of the dental implant. At this point, the titanium post, called the tooth root implant, is secured inside the bone. As this heals, the bone grows around the new implant, fixing it securely in the jaw. This healing period can vary from six to twelve weeks.

The next step consists of a small connector post, known as an abutment, getting attached to the titanium post. This will securely hold the new arch of teeth in place. The costs of dental implants can vary and depend on such factors as the number of teeth being replaced, the number of implants required and whether any additional procedures are required before dental implant surgery. Once our dentist examines you and determines your individual requirements, they will be able to provide you with an accurate quote for the treatment.

To find out more about what kind of dental implants Kissimmee has available or to schedule an appointment at Affinity Dental Group, please feel free to give us a call or schedule online and we will ensure you get seen at the next available appointment.

After Dental Implant Surgery

Following dental implant surgery, patients must take detailed care of the area surrounding their new implant. For the first month the dental implant is still integrating with the bone and tissues so the patient’s care routine will be slightly more involved during this initial period. Above all, do not disturb the wound in the initial days that follow surgery. Avoid rinsing, spitting, and touching the mouth for 24 hours after surgery to avoid contaminating or irritating the surgical site. After dental implant surgery it’s important to follow these care instructions:

  • Antibiotics – Patients should take all prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection at the surgical site. Twenty-four hours after the surgery, patients should begin using the prescribed oral rinse twice daily alongside a warm saltwater rinse 4-5 times daily (preferably after every meal/snack).
  • Bleeding – Blood in the patients’ saliva is normal during the first 24 hours following surgery. We suggest biting on gauze pads to help control and lessen blood flow. Gently bite down on the gauze pad and try to maintain constant pressure, repeating as often as needed, or until bleeding lessens.
  • Dealing with pain – Shortly after your dental implant surgery, the anesthetic will wear off. You should begin taking pain medication before this happens. Any over-the-counter pain medication can be taken (e.g., Tylenol®, Aleve®, ibuprofen, etc.).
  • Diet – We recommend an initial diet of soft foods, but patients can resume a normal diet as soon as they feel capable of doing so. Stay hydrated. It is critical that you are drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Hygiene – In order for the dental implants to heal properly, the surgical site must be kept clean. Continue to brush your teeth as you normally would, but avoid any sutures and do not brush the implant. The antibiotic and saltwater rinses will disinfect the implant itself.
  • Swelling – After dental implant surgery some amount of swelling is to be expected. To help minimize swelling, try to keep your head elevated and lower your activity level as much as possible. Use ice packs for the first 48 hours and apply continuously, or as frequently as possible to minimize facial swelling.
  • Wearing your prosthesis or night guard – Partial dentures, flippers, full dentures, retainers, or night guards should not be used for at least 10 days following surgery. If there are any special circumstances, our practice will discuss those with you during your pre-operative consultation.
  • Smoking – Smoking after dental implant surgery has an increased risk of infection which also increases the risk of dental implants failing to integrate. We recommend that patients do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery.

Ten Reasons to Smile Again!

1. An Implant has the same strong chewing force as that of a natural tooth.

2. Economical and durable

3. Feeling as natural as a natural tooth.

4. Protection of teeth next to missing tooth.

5. Relief from the discomfort of wearing dentures.

6. As comfortable as a natural tooth.

7. No chance of cavity.

8. Maintenance of healthy jawbone.

9. Chewing remains an enjoyable experience.

10. Increased stability in the full denture.

Affinity Dental Group uses Top Quality Implants by Hiossen.