When you lose multiple teeth or even just one, it can often feel like a compromise when you are considering your options to replace them. If you’d like to get the closest thing to your natural teeth in look and function, call George A. Hoop, DDS at 239-734-7737 to schedule a consultation for dental implants.
Whether you visit us at our Naples, FL dentist office or our Fort Myers, FL dentist office, we can place and restore dental implants with a variety of restoration options, including:
- Dental crowns, which give you back individual teeth that have been lost or are damaged beyond repair
- Fixed dental bridges, which span the hole in your smile left by multiple, adjacent missing teeth
- Dentures, which replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw or both for a full-mouth reconstruction
Along with standard-sized dental implants, we also offer mini dental implants that work in the same way but are much smaller. If you’ve ever been told by another dentist that your jawbone is not strong, thick, or dense enough for dental implants, visit us to see if mini dental implants could work for you!
Compared to other treatments for replacing teeth, dental implants offer many perks, because they are:
- Strong: you can regain the majority of your natural chewing power – as much as 90 percent
- Convincing: your replacement teeth will be indistinguishable from your natural chompers in look, function, and feel
- Long-lasting: if you care for your dental implants properly, they can last many years or even the rest of your life
Unlike traditional dental bridges, dental implants can also be placed without requiring any preparation of healthy teeth that you want to keep.
And because dental implants literally fuse with your jawbone, they provide a sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth. This process, known as “osseointegration,” also helps to prevent jawbone deterioration, which will help you maintain your youthful look and avoid a “sunken in” appearance that often occurs with traditional dentures.
Dr. Hoop has over two and a half decades of providing dental implants, so you can rest assured that we’ll provide a great service if you want dental implants!
Learn About The Accident That Gave Us Dental Implants
Dental implants are such a huge part of modern dentistry that it’s easy to assume they came as a result of careful experimentation and intentional inquiry.
Well, to be fair, the discovery that led to dental implants did result from rigorous scientific experimentation, but they were an unintentional result of an unrelated investigation.
In 1952, a Swedish man named Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark and his team of researchers were conducting tests to examine the effect that blood flow has on bone healing. In order to observe this process, they encased small optical devices in titanium, then inserted these instruments into the leg bones of rabbits.
When the time came to remove these devices from the rabbits’ legs and see what had occurred, Dr. Brånemark and his team found that the leg bone had actually healed around the titanium.
Rather than being frustrated by this development, Dr. Brånemark was curious about what had occurred and decided to investigate further. Not only did he realize that titanium was biocompatible (safe for insertion in living organisms), he also found that this phenomenon of bone healing around titanium occurred in humans as well.
In the mid-1960’s, Dr. Brånemark placed four dental implants and attached a full arch of replacement teeth in a patient that had no teeth in his lower jaw. The operation was so successful that the man kept his dental implant restorations for four decades until he passed away.
Needless to say, dental implants have come a long way in the half-century or so since Dr. Brånemark did his first procedure, but the principle generally remains the same.
We are so confident that you will be pleased with our dental implants options that we provide free consultations. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you understand the options that you can consider.
If you do decide to get dental implants, we’ll thoroughly explain the process so you will know precisely what to expect.
To make the procedure as comfortable as possible, we provide various amenities to relax you. We even offer dental sedation options to help relieve dental anxiety if you wish.