At Jensen Beach Dental, we understand that when our patients face the loss of a tooth, it can be a traumatic experience. Having a missing tooth can cause you to feel self-conscious about how you look, and it can put your remaining teeth in jeopardy. That is why Dr. Christopher J. Wigley and our entire team will work with you right from the beginning to determine the best option to replace your tooth so you can look and feel your best again.
Because of their convenience and health benefits, dental implants have become one of the most popular ways for us to restore our patients’ smiles.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, you are probably keenly aware of the effect it has on your appearance, how you speak, and how it feels to eat. What you may not know is that when you lose a tooth, leaving it untreated can have a negative impact on your oral health.
When you have a gap in your smile, your remaining teeth have a tendency to tip and shift toward the gap, much like pulling a book from a bookshelf – the remaining books become unstable. This tendency to shift can create problems with your bite, and your teeth may no longer come together correctly.
Additionally, tooth loss leads to bone loss because your jawbone needs the roots of your teeth to stimulate bone regeneration.
When you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, it not only acts as a space holder for your remaining teeth, keeping them in place, it also prevents bone loss because dental implants are made from metals that work with your body and integrate with your natural bone. Sometimes a dental implant can be placed on the same day as your extraction. We will evaluate your health and plan accordingly. In these cases, it can even save you an additional surgery appointment!
Dental implants are also extremely convenient. You care for them much like you would care for your natural teeth. Impeccable oral hygiene is essential to the life of your dental implant. When cared for properly, they can last decades, or even a lifetime.
Your Dental Implant Procedure
We can place and restore your dental implants in the comfort of our Jensen Beach dental office. Christopher J. Wigley, DMD, FAGD, is experienced in the successful surgical placement of dental implants and skilled in the art of dental implant restoration. A fellow of the prestigious International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Wigley has performed hundreds of implant procedures successfully, providing his patients with the best that modern dentistry has to offer. At your exam, he will evaluate your bone density and health to determine the ideal way to address your unique needs so you achieve the best results possible.
Once Dr. Wigley places your dental implant, he will give it ample time to heal with your natural bone. He will design a custom implant crown to complete your smile. Your crown will match your natural teeth closely, so that your smile appears seamless.
Ongoing Dental Care
We will monitor the health of your gums and the integrity of your dental implant at each of your routine appointments to ensure that your implant remains healthy and functional. Keeping your gums and surrounding teeth healthy will prolong the life of your implant and keep your smile looking great.
Are you missing a tooth or facing a dental extraction? Call us today to schedule an evaluation to determine if dental implants can benefit you!