Dental Implants in Deltona, Florida
At Deltona Smiles Dentistry in Florida, losing a tooth, doesn’t have to be traumatic. While we certainly appreciate that no one wants to lose a tooth, it’s nice to know that Dr. Michael Zerivitz will be able to assist you in having a new tooth to replace a missing one easily and comfortably.
When a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth and the opposing teeth can begin to drift into the place where the tooth was. If a tooth doesn’t have an opposing tooth, it can “super-erupt”. This can cause pockets to form and bone to be lost around these teeth. By making sure a chewing tooth is replaced, we can not only help to maintain the position of the teeth but also the function and the esthetics.
In the past, a three-unit bridge was placed commonly when a front or side tooth was lost. This involved grinding down the adjacent teeth and placing a crown over them to fill in that space. With the introduction of dental implants over 40 years ago, we now have a proven technology and system that can help you restore a missing tooth without turning a “one tooth problem” into a “three tooth problem”. A dental implant will be as close to your natural look, function, and feel in your mouth as a natural tooth is. Most of our patients forget they even have an implant there after a few months!
We carefully examine the bone height, the thickness of the ridge the opposing bite and the adjacent teeth when determining if you are a candidate for a dental implant. Dr. Z works closely with a local surgeon who places the root implant fixture into the bone in the precise location needed so he can go in after a few months to restore the implant fixture with a new crown once the fixture has integrated.
The process has gotten to the point that it is almost routine to do implants these days. The predictability and the consistent, reliable results will impress you. It is now becoming the standard of care option for replacement of missing teeth.
In addition to doing single tooth replacement, we can also use implants to help stabilize a denture. Typically, a denture will rest on the soft gum tissue and rely on the bony support and the tongue and cheeks for helping to keep it in place. There are two methods we use to do this. The first is having “LOCATORS” placed into the denture which snap onto the implants, giving a very stable bite. The advantage of implant-supported dentures is that they are removable and easy to clean and maintain. The challenge for some patients is that especially on the upper, unless a metal framework is put into the denture, you will need the support of the palate to keep it strong.
Many people appreciate the second option of having a “fixed” appliance. This means the denture is screwed onto the implants and does not come out of their mouth. It will typically have a thicker metal substructure which allows a dentist to remove the cross-palate acrylic on the roof of their mouth. This type of hybrid denture is very popular as it looks and feels very close to your natural teeth.
The ultimate implant program would be to replace each individual tooth with an individual implant fixture (root) and a crown. While this would be the most desirable way to go, as it’s like having all your natural teeth back, it is a rather expensive way to go as well.
Contact our office if you are in the Deltona, Debary, Orange City, Deland or other areas of Volusia County when you are looking for a dental implant dentist!