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Dental Implants

Florence Dental Implants

Missing teeth can take the joy out of the everyday things we love, from eating our favorite foods to smiling and speaking with confidence. If you know what this feels like and are ready for a change, ask us about dental implants! Dental implants are the preferred method of replacing missing teeth, and healthy, successful implants can last for years.

What is a Dental Implant?

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A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in both the upper and lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, an implant fuses with the bone and becomes a solid anchor for the restoration that goes on top. Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Mulzer is also certified to provide mini dental implants, which are an excellent way to stabilize loose, uncomfortable dentures. Because they’re smaller than conventional implants, mini implants can be placed in just ONE visit.

Dr. Mulzer has been trained in both the placement and restoration phases of implant dentistry, so you can receive all of your treatment in one office.

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Why Dental Implants?

Dental Implants

There are a number of reasons to consider dental implants. Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink and make your face look older than it is. Successful and properly maintained implants maintain the structure of your lips, jaw, and cheeks, and they can even help prevent the bone loss that commonly occurs after tooth loss. Dental implants are an excellent restorative option for:

  • Single Tooth Replacements. This procedure is relatively quick and simple, as one tooth is replaced by one single implant.
  • Multiple Tooth Replacements. In what is known as a “fixed bridge,” implants are permanently placed in the jaw, then connected to a stable bridge (a series of crowns).
  • Full Arch Replacements. Some dental healthcare professionals refer to these type of implants as “full mouth restorations.” A full arch replacement is a permanent, long-lasting, and functional alternative to removable dentures for people who are missing most or all of their teeth.
  • Loose or Ill-Fitting Dentures. Patients who struggle with dentures that move or are tired of all the denture adhesives can many times have 2-6 implants placed under their existing denture. These implants will attach to the denture and hold it in place very securely. If the denture is too worn, we may have to make a new denture to fit the implants.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Many patients suffering from advanced tooth decay, root canal failure, trauma to the mouth, or just extreme natural wear and breakdown of their teeth are benefiting from this revolutionary option in restorative dentistry. However, there are still some things to consider before you decide on dental implants. For example, implants are best performed after adolescence, when the teeth and jaw bone are fully developed. Additionally, the implant procedure can be more complicated for individuals with gum disease, active diabetes, immune deficiencies, and for patients who smoke.

To ensure that you get the treatment that’s right for you,
visit Dr. Mulzer for a full implant evaluation.

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