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Dental Implants

Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Missing teeth do more than just leave holes in your smile – they can also have a severe impact on your overall oral health. Tanya Orr, DDS, at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to keep patients in good oral health. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, schedule a visit to their office in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. You can book your appointment by phone or online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are one of the most technologically advanced ways to replace missing teeth. They’re tiny, titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone, where they function as artificial tooth roots. 

Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, so your implants actually fuse with your jawbone as you heal from this surgery. This makes them an incredibly sturdy foundation for a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dental implants. 

Why should I replace my missing teeth?

Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern -- they can actually do a lot of damage to your oral health.

When you’re missing teeth in your smile, your remaining natural teeth are more prone to fall out of alignment, as they shift and drift to fill in the empty space. This can throw your bite out of alignment, leading to excessive wear and tear on your teeth and jaw problems like TMJ disorder.

Your teeth also naturally provide stimulation to your jawbone. When you’re missing teeth, that lack of stimulation causes your bone tissue around the missing tooth to slowly deteriorate, leading to a weaker jawbone. 

It can also cause your facial muscles to atrophy and cave in around the missing space, causing a sunken-in appearance.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

By replacing your tooth root and providing a sturdy foundation for a restoration, dental implants effectively mimic your natural tooth structure, giving you a replacement tooth that looks and feels incredibly natural.

Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants also provide stimulation to your jawbone, and this protects you from bone loss in your jaw. And unlike bridges, they don’t require you to remove enamel from any of your teeth.

What’s the process for getting dental implants?

Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry installs your dental implants in a few office visits. During your first visit, your dentist makes a small incision in your gum, drills a tiny hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant. 

As you heal over the next few months, your implant fuses with your bone, at which point you come back for another visit. 

During this second visit, your dentist attaches your restoration to an abutment, which is then secured to your implant. You’ll walk out of the office feeling like your natural tooth just grew back.

Schedule a dental implant consultation at Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking a visit online.