To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, skilled dentist Dr. Mauricio Antezana is proud to perform implant dentistry with advanced Straumann technology for his patients in Boca Raton, FL. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to act like the root of the tooth. The post(s) may be connected to a denture, crown, or bridge for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned like natural teeth. To fix a gap in your smile, schedule an appointment to receive more information on implant dentistry at SEDA Dental. Dental implants may be helpful if you do not want to deal with loose crowns or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Antezana about what you would like and figure out if implant dentistry is a good option for you.
Implants can restore one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration but do not like the appearance, fit, or if there is special cleaning required. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with daily flossing and brushing. During your consultation, Dr. Antezana will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue, such as periodontal disease.
What To Expect
To prepare for your dental implants, you may need to have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When you are ready for dental implant surgery, the needed areas will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Other anesthesia or sedation options may also be used to relax you throughout the treatment. Dr. Antezana will start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be stitched closed with some of the dental implant above the gums. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Antezana decides your implant is healed and integrated with your bone and gums, your permanent restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
There may be some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Antezana will talk to you about what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. You may also be given a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is connected, you should develop and maintain a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at SEDA Dental so Dr. Antezana can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. He will talk to you about when your restorations or implants need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Based on your dental insurance provider and personal coverage, part of the expenses of your implants and custom restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and determine your personal cost. At your initial consultation with Dr. Antezana, he may estimate your expenses and discuss the payment methods we accept, as well as provide you with information on low-interest medical financing.
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you are looking for a replacement for missing teeth that is simple to care for and can last for many years. Dr. Antezana will explain the steps needed, starting with surgery for implant placement and your restoration options. To receive more information on implants, schedule a consultation at SEDA Dental.