Life expectancy in the US is steadily increasing, which is exciting news for everyone. But one area impacts is the longevity and function of our teeth. As we live longer, our teeth withstand more wear and tear, and at some point, tooth replacement like dental implants may be necessary to safeguard your long-term oral health.
Trust an Experienced Dental Team
At Quality Dental Care, we are experts at helping our patients enjoy a fully functional smile that lasts a lifetime. Dr. Jeffrey Schultz is a general dentist with many years of experience, and Dr. Muhammad Zaman is our prosthodontist, an area of dentistry that specializes in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth.
Our doctors recommend dental implants for our patients because they are replacement roots that look, feel, and function the most like a natural tooth.
What Is the Process for Placing a Dental Implant?
A tiny titanium post is placed surgically in your jaw by Dr. Zaman during a procedure at our office that usually takes only about an hour. You don’t have to go to another office for implant placement because Dr. Zaman’s expertise allows us to perform the entire procedure right here with a team you know and trust.
We perform the procedure under local anesthetic so you won't feel anything, and most patients report little to no discomfort afterward.
We leave the implant post to heal for several months so it can integrate and fuse securely with surrounding bone and tissue. This process is called osseointegration, and it is what makes dental implants unique because, as the implant heals, it becomes a part of your permanent dental structure. It can take as long as six months for the site to heal, but it's during this time that the implant gains its stability, and patients who have had an implant placed say the wait is definitely worth the wait!
We can use one implant to replace a single tooth, or, if you have several teeth missing, we would recommend a bridge or denture. If you are struggling with an ill-fitting denture, you will be happy to know that a few strategically placed dental implants can stabilize the denture to eliminate movement and restore greater chewing function.
Have You Been Told You Can’t Get Implants?
One of the criteria for getting an implant is that there is sufficient dense bone in which to place the post. However, some patients are disappointed to learn that the lack of adequate bone means they can’t get an implant.
If you have been told in the past you can’t get an implant for this reason, please call Quality Dental Care. Dr. Zaman is not only a prosthodontist but a skilled periodontist who can perform a procedure called bone grafting to supplement bone in the area. This is not a complicated process, and the result is that patients who have been told they can’t get an implant can also enjoy their many benefits.
Please Call Us for A Consultation
If you would like to learn more about dental implants in Lakeland, FL and see if you are a good candidate, please call Quality Dental Care We will be happy to arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Zaman to evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and help you decide if dental implants can benefit you.