Implant Dentistry by the Cosmetic Dentists at Lakewood Ranch Smiles
Restorative dentistry plays an important part in maintaining a healthy smile. For patients that need to replace a missing or severely damaged tooth, dental implants offer a permanent, healthful solution. In Lakewood, Dr. Michelle Scala
and her team offer comprehensive implant dentistry to help these individuals restore every facet of their smile.
An Alternative to Dentures and Bridges
While traditional restorations may offer an immediate solution to tooth loss, there are a number of disadvantages attached to this procedure. As these prostheses sit above the gum line, they tend to accelerate damage neighboring teeth and tissue, ultimately doing more harm than good to a patient’s smile. Eventually, many individuals who rely on these conventional restorative treatment options end up requiring more extensive care in the future in order to keep the same standard of function throughout their lifetime.
Made to precisely mimic the shape and function of natural teeth, dental implants offer a lifelike solution for replacing lost or deteriorated teeth. Unlike traditional restorations that require the support of neighboring healthy tissue to function, dental implants are self-supportive, leaving the surrounding gums and teeth uncompromised. Complete integration of the implants into bone tissue also helps to preserve bite function and stimulates healthy bone regeneration, key factors to maintaining fully functional smile.
Dental implants can also be used to support larger restorations. For patients missing multiple teeth or individuals with existing partials or dentures, our Lakewood implant dentist can create a personalized treatment plan that stabilizes your bite.
Dental Implants at Lakewood Ranch Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
At our state-of-the-art dental practice in Lakewood, dental implant and implant-retained restorations allows Dr. Scala to help patients achieve their optimal smiles. Starting with diagnostic photos, our implant dentists create 3D models of your smile, using CT scans to capture every detail.
From there, we’ll determine your restorative needs and identify whether any preliminary care, such as periodontal disease treatment, bone grafting, or extraction is needed to ensure successful implant placement. Using computer generated surgical guides, your dental implant is placed without the need to scalpels or stitches. Not only does this eliminate any potential post-operative pain, but this advanced surgical technique ensures your dental implant is placed for optimal success.
Over the course of recovery, patients continue to visit our practice to ensure correct integration. Once the implant has been securely fused to bone, we will place the abutment and final restoration. After that, patients are free to enjoy their new, completely restored smiles.
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We believe that every patient deserves a healthful, beautiful smile. By offering comprehensive implant dentistry at our Lakewood practice, Dr. Scala is able to ensure your smile remains healthy, beautiful, and functional well into the future.