Robert E. Lane, DMD, PA
Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Boca Raton, FL
If you are missing teeth and the thought of wearing dentures is unappealing to you, there is a more permanent solution. Dental implants are an effective, long-lasting option that can replace one or more missing or damaged teeth. Robert E. Lane DMD, PA of Lane Dental provides dental implants for residents in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. To learn more or to get started, book an appointment by calling or scheduling one online.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of a missing or damaged tooth. Once in place, it fuses to natural bone in your jaw, providing a strong foundation for a crown that will look and function just like a natural tooth.
Implants can also stabilize dentures. Depending on your needs, Dr. Lane may recommend one or multiple implants.
Dental implants provide a variety of benefits over dentures alone, including:
- A more natural appearance, which can boost your self-confidence
- Improved speech, compared to poorly fitting or sliding dentures (or missing teeth)
- Improved comfort, because you don’t remove them and they won’t slide around
- Improved oral health, because they’re easier to keep clean
What are All-on-4® Dental Implants?
Dental implants require minor surgery, which could get a bit intense if you were to replace all or most of your teeth at once. All-on-4 Dental Implants allow for the restoration of your smile with only four implants, versus one metal screw for every tooth. Many people are opting for All-on-4 Dental Implants instead of dentures.
How is a single-tooth implant different from a bridge?
A single-tooth implant replaces the root of one missing or damaged tooth, whereas a bridge connects surrounding teeth above the surface. Unlike a bridge, a dental implant doesn’t require chiseling away at surrounding teeth. Implants also look more natural, last longer, and tend to be easier to clean than bridges.
Dr. Lane may recommend a bridge for you if the neighboring teeth contain large fillings and need caps or crowns, or if you aren’t a good candidate for an implant due to bone or gum loss.
How can implants help if I have dentures?
Dental implants help keep dentures secure. They basically do away with problems associated with wearing dentures such as discomfort, a less natural appearance, and higher maintenance care. If you’ve lost a fair amount of bone and lip support, Dr. Lane may recommend a removable overdenture which fits on top of dental implants.
They’re not only stable and comfortable, but can improve the appearance of your face by restoring lost support — the loss of which can cause sagging and wrinkles.