Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most versatile, long-lasting solutions for a variety of dental issues, including missing teeth. Bright Downtown Dental Arts has handled hundreds of implant cases in the greater Pensacola area.

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Dr Chris Campus

“I focus on delivering individual care to each person. Every patient has unique goals and concerns; it’s my job to listen to them, and then partner with them to find the right care solutions.”

— Dr. Christopher Campus

Dental implants may be the perfect solution

Dental implants have become a common treatment for people who have lost teeth due to natural causes or injuries. They have a very high long-term success rate (98% in fact) and have proven to be a much better, longer-lasting option than dentures in many cases. If you’re not entirely sure what a dental implant is, here’s a brief overview:

What is a Dental Implant?

An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.

The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.

You can have single or multiple implants

Dental Implants by Bright Downtown Dental ArtsImplants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.

Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges

Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can, therefore, be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.

Post-Treatment Care

Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.

Dr. Campus is one of the top implant dentists in the Pensacola, Milton/Pace, and Perdido areas. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, or are wondering if you are a good candidate for implants, please call us today at (850) 495-2999. We’re happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the dental office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

There’s a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.

Are dental implants expensive?

At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact, should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort, and well-being.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain relievers. Ice can also be helpful.

Can my body reject a dental implant?

Strictly speaking, implants can’t be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.

How do you care for dental implants?

Dental implants require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants. You don’t even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.