Dental Implants in Jensen Beach, FL

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. Apart from how missing teeth affect your appearance, they can also diminish your quality of life by impacting the foods you can eat, your chewing capacity, and your ability to speak clearly and precisely.

That is why Dr. Christopher J. Wigley and our devoted dental 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. In fact, they are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement.

If you are considering a permanent tooth replacement option, please give Jensen Beach Dental a call today.

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. Shifting teeth will change the landscape of your smile and may require orthodontic treatment to straighten and realign your smile. 

Additionally, tooth loss leads to bone loss because your jawbone needs the roots of your teeth to stimulate bone regeneration. The act of chewing stimulates your tooth roots and jaw bone, without which the bone starts to recede.

If you’ve ever seen pictures of elderly toothless people, you may have noticed their sagging appearance and diminished jawline. 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. Therefore, dental implants can maintain and improve your oral health for a lifetime.

Sometimes a dental implant can be placed on the same day as your tooth 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 as 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 initial dental implant consultation, 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.

Dr. WIgley will start by surgically placing a thin titanium post in your jaw bone; this process will take one to two hours. Once Dr. Wigley places your dental implant, he will give it ample time to heal with your natural bone.

The healing process, also called osseointegration, allows your dental implant to fuse with the bone and soft tissue in your jaw. The dental implant is made from biocompatible titanium, meaning your body won't reject it and its strength allows you to chew and bite as normal. Healing can take a few months, but the end result of having a permanent tooth replacement that can last you a lifetime is well worth the wait.

Once the healing has completed, and your implant has fused to your jawbone, Dr. Wigley will then design a custom implant dental crown in Jensen Beach, FL, to achieve your smile. Your crown will match your natural teeth closely so that your smile appears seamless. No one will ever know that you have had a tooth replacement procedure, and it can function just like your existing teeth. You can continue eating your favorite foods without any concerns about your implant shifting or falling out.

Is the Dental Implant Process Painful?

The prospect of oral surgery can always bring feelings of anxiety, but the dental implant process is pain- and stress-free. Many of our Jensen Beach patients are surprised at how little discomfort they feel throughout the process because the surgery is performed with a local anesthetic that completely numbs the area and because the jawbone doesn’t have any nerves that will be triggered.

At Jensen Beach Dental, your comfort is our priority. If you are experiencing dental anxiety, we can go over our sedation options to ensure that your entire experience is as relaxing as possible. In the few days following the oral surgery, it is reasonable to feel soreness, as with any procedure.

If over-the-counter painkillers are not keeping you pain-free, please give our dental office a call so we can dispense medication to help you heal.

Ongoing Dental Care

At Jensen Beach Dental, maintaining regular dental check-ups and exams allow Dr. Christopher Wigley to 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.

Taking care of your dental implants is as easy and straightforward as your existing teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are enough to maintain the health of your dental implants. Unlike other dental prosthetics, you won’t need the aid of special toothbrushes, pastes, or adhesives. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy the use of your dental implants for a lifetime.

The dental prosthetic that attaches to the implant, either a dental crown, bridge, or denture, can easily be replaced if it cracks or breaks. 

Call Us to Schedule a Dental Implant Evaluation

Are you missing a tooth or facing a dental extraction? We understand how a missing tooth can impair your eating and speaking functions, along with your appearance. The good news is that you have the ability to improve your quality of life in just one dental procedure.

Call Dr. Wigley in Jensen Beach today to schedule a dental exam to determine if dental implants can benefit you! Together we can formulate the perfect smile treatment plan for you.