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If you want the most stable and secure support available for dentures, crowns, or bridges, Drs. Gerald Bird and Jay Johnson can provide that support in the form of dental implants at their offices in Cocoa and Melbourne, Florida. These titanium posts are implanted directly into your jaw bone, where they provide a strong, durable solution that holds stronger than adhesives, and is highly resistant to deterioration or breakage. The process of having dental implants placed takes several months, but with the proper care, they can provide a lifetime of support for your dental prosthetics. And with special treatments such as bone grafts and platelet-rich plasma, Drs. Bird and Johnson can offer this treatment to patients whose jaw bones have begun to degrade, in addition to fostering an accelerated recovery time. To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, contact either our Cocoa or Melbourne, Florida practices today.
The dental implant placement procedure begins with anesthetic. An incision is made in the gums to expose the jaw bone. Your surgeon will drill a small pilot hole into the bone, which will hold the threaded implant. Finally, the gums will be stitched closed, covering the implant while it grafts to the jaw bone over the next four to six months.
Once the healing is complete and the implant has become infiltrated with bone (usually 3 - 6 months), the second surgery begins with an incision in the gums, exposing the top of the implant. Next, a protective titanium healing collar is placed on the implant, which will guide the gums as they heal around it, leaving the top of the implant exposed above the gum line. Two to three weeks later, you can return to your restorative dentist's office to have a mold made of your implant and the surrounding gum so your crown, bridge, or dentures can be crafted.
Throughout this process, your surgeon will take special care not to let the placement of the dental implant injure your nerves or sinuses. In some cases, special treatment such as a bone graft or sinus lift may be necessary to ensure that you can successfully accept dental implants. If you are experiencing anxiety because of your treatment, or if you are especially sensitive to dental treatment, we offer sedation dentistry to help make the experience as pleasant as possible. All of these variables are considered when tailoring your dental implant procedure.
Drs. Bird and Johnson offer advanced treatments to help you undergo a successful dental implant placement even if the integrity of your jaw bone has degraded, as well as to help you heal as quickly and safely as possible. Bone grafting can be done to build bone and reinforce a part of your jaw weakened by the absence of teeth. When you lose a tooth (or teeth), the area of bone directly underneath where the tooth (or teeth) that are now gone begins to shrink over time. If the bone shrinks too much, a bone graft is necessary to surgically place a dental implant in that area.
The bone graft consist of an incision being made in the gums, allowing artificial or real bone to be placed at the site and secured with a natural or synthetic grafting material. The gums are stitched closed over the transplanted bone, and once it is determined that healing is complete and the jaw is ready, your surgeon can proceed with the placement of your implants.
Plasma-rich platelet therapy is a relatively new technique that can accelerate the healing process following a bone graft. Blood plasma and platelets (the cells in your blood that help it to clot) contain natural growth factors that accelerate the regeneration of injured tissues. Your surgeon can take a small amount of your blood (about 20cc), purify the platelets by placing them in a centrifuge, and apply it to the surgical site to clot the bone grafting site and the gum tissue. This can reduce the healing time following a bone graft from a month to about a week. To learn more about receiving these treatments in conjunction with dental implants, contact either one our practices at either Melbourne or Cocoa, Florida, today.
Dental implants yield a wealth of advantages for patients with replacement teeth, especially in the case of dentures. Traditional dentures simply lie upon the gums, held in place with a mild adhesive, but nonetheless susceptible to slippage while speaking or during meals. Dental implants provide steadfast support for dentures that can alleviate your worries about unwanted shifting of your dentures, and help you to speak more clearly. Because they are made of titanium, elements that would normally spur tooth decay and other degradation will not affect dental implants. With the proper care, dental implants can last more than 40 years.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can benefit from dental implants, contact our practice serving Melbourne, Cocoa, and surrounding communities today to schedule a consultation.