Are severely damaged teeth making it painful to chew your favorite crunchy or chewy foods? Do you hide the gaps in your smile behind closed lips when it’s time to say “cheese?” If you want to get your strong bite and beautiful smile back, contact George A. Hoop, DDS today for a free dental implant consultation!
Whether you visit our Fort Myers, FL dentist office or Naples, FL dentist office, Dr. George Hoop and our team of dental professionals can replace your damaged or missing teeth with dental implant tooth restorations, including:
Dental Implants Explained
Dental implants are a strong tooth replacement option composed of three parts:
- The dental implant
- A tooth restoration option like the ones listed above
- A screw called an abutment that connects the implant and restoration
Unlike most other tooth replacement options, dental implants actually replace your natural tooth roots because they are placed in your jaw beneath the gumline, where they literally fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This provides a strong, sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.
The Many Benefits Of Dental Implants
Because dental implants fuse with your jawbone, they provide stronger biting power than other tooth replacement options like traditional dental bridges or adhesive-based dentures. Many of our patients regain up to 90 percent of their natural biting power!
Here are some of the other advantages dental implants offer:
- Look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
- No preparation of your surrounding healthy teeth required
- Prevent bone loss to help you maintain your youthful look
The Dental Implant Process
When you visit George A. Hoop, DDS in need of tooth replacement options, we will discuss all of your choices with you so you can make the decision that is best for your smile. So you’ll know exactly what to expect, we’ll also explain each step of the process before we begin.
If we decide together that dental implants are right for you, we will first use state-of-the-art dental technology to precisely plan your procedure, including:
- Digital X-rays
- Intraoral scanners
- 3D cone beam CT scanners
This careful assessment will also allow us to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. Once we have a detailed plan in place, we will numb the area with anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing and then nestle your dental implants into your jaw.
Following a healing period, we will then attach your custom-made dental restorations to complete your beautifully repaired smile!
If you are feeling nervous about the procedure, our friendly team will do everything we can to put you at ease. We can even relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options, such as:
- Nitrous oxide sedation, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” a gas mixed with oxygen which quickly relieves your stress and allows you to relax.
- Oral conscious sedation in pill form, which we can prescribe during an initial consultation. You will take it at a predetermined time before your visit so you’ll arrive completely calm.
We can also provide extended appointments by request so you won’t feel rushed at all during your visit!
Determining If Dental Implants Are Right For You
Because dental implants require a thick, strong jawbone, we will have to determine if you are a good candidate using some of the dental technology mentioned above. But even if you have been told your jaw is too thin for dental implants, we may still be able to help with mini dental implants!
The Importance Of Replacing Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, you have undoubtedly noticed how the gaps in your smile have affected your confidence. You may also be having difficulty chewing certain foods. But did you know that missing teeth can lead to other issues with your oral and overall health over time?
If you do not quickly replace missing teeth, your surrounding teeth will likely drift out of position over time. And, because your mouth will have to compensate for the missing teeth in some way, you may put undue stress on your remaining teeth and your gums. Because you will be less inclined to eat difficult-to-chew, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, you may also eat less healthfully.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
If you’d like to improve your oral function and get your confident smile back, call George A. Hoop, DDS at 239-734-7737 to book your complimentary dental implant consultation. You can also use our online form to schedule or ask questions.