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Dental Implants At Sarasota Bay Dental

If you are missing one or more of your teeth in Sarasota, Dr. Robert Miller is here to help. At Sarasota Bay Dental, we specialize in implant dentistry, and can help you restore your smile permanently with one or more dental implants. Read on to learn more, or contact us now to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller right away.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants will last you the rest of your life with proper daily care. The implant is permanently anchored to your jaw tissue, so as long as you keep it healthy and free of infections and it heals properly, it will never wear out. More than 90% of implants last 30+ years, and many patients are able to keep them for the rest of their lives.

However, proper care is essential for maximizing the lifespan of your implant. If you neglect your oral health and your gums become infected with gum disease, for example, this could cause a condition called “peri-implantitis,” which could lead to premature implant failure. Keep your mouth in good shape with proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, and your new tooth will last a lifetime!

Does It Hurt To Get An Implant?

The process of getting an implant will not cause you any pain or discomfort. Your mouth will be numbed before the procedure begins, ensuring that the process does not hurt. However, you may experience some pain and discomfort as you recover from this surgical procedure.

Usually this is quite mild, and symptoms like pain, tenderness, bleeding, swelling, and inflammation will peak within 2-3 days and fade quickly. During this time, it’s important to follow the recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. Miller. This ensures your mouth heals properly, and that you minimize discomfort after your surgery.

Do Implants Ever Need Replacement Or Restoration?

This depends on if you’re talking about the dental implant itself, which is a small piece of metal that’s surgically placed into your mouth, or your dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown to replace one missing tooth.

The dental implant itself will never need to be replaced as long as you take care of your mouth. It’s permanently anchored to your jaw bone due to the process of “osseointegration.” For all intents and purposes, it will become a natural part of your mouth. As long as you brush and floss and see Dr. Miller for an appointment every 6 months, it will never need to be replaced.

However, this is not true of most dental implant restorations, such as dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, and implant-supported bridges. These restorations are subjected to the forces of biting and chewing, and will tend to wear down over time. Restorations like crowns can even break due to oral injuries, or doing something like biting a piece of ice or a piece of very hard food.

This means that, eventually, your dental implant restoration will need to be replaced. The good news is that the process of getting a new restoration is fast and non-invasive, and your restoration will typically last 10-15 years or longer.

Fillers

Along with Botox, we also offer facial fillers and lip fillers at Sarasota Bay Dental. Using dermal fillers, we can add volume to the cheeks, chin, and lips to eliminate wrinkles, provide a more youthful appearance, and restore your complete smile. We use high-quality collagen and hyaluronic acid-based fillers to give you natural-looking results that last.

Schedule a Cosmetic Consultation!

Whether you’re interested in correcting imperfections in your teeth or rejuvenating your face for a more youthful appearance, we offer a wide range of cosmetic services that will enhance your smile. If you’re ready to get started, schedule an appointment at our office today! At your consultation, Dr. Miller will examine your mouth, answer any questions you may have, and discuss all of your cosmetic options. Call us at (941) 200-3723 or come to our office at 2809 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243.