about dental implants
To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi is proud to offer dental implants to local men and women. Dental implants are surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to simulate the missing tooth root. The post(s) may be attached to a crown, denture, or bridge for a beautiful restoration that can be treated just like natural teeth. We are also thrilled to offer All-on-4® dental implants by Nobel Biocare® for those who desire a long-lasting approach to secure upper and/or lower dentures. When you want to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation to get more information on implant dentistry at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV. You may enjoy dental implants if you want to avoid loose restorations or removable dentures. If you live in the Greater Las Vegas area, call our office today to speak with Dr. Tozzi about your dental needs.
Candidates for dental implants
Implant dentistry can restore one or several missing teeth by connecting it to an implant-supported crown, denture, or bridge. You may want an implant if you have a dental restoration but are bothered by the look, feel, or extensive maintenance. You may also consider All-on-4 implants if you prefer the advantages of having a quick treatment with lower recovery periods compared to traditional dental implants.
At your dental implant consultation, Dr. Tozzi will go over both options and evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone in order to determine if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. In some cases, a gum or bone graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to ensure you have a strong enough foundation to support the post(s). You may not be a candidate for dental implants if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for gum disease.
dental implant surgery
Before the traditional or All-on-4 dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, gum surgery, or bone grafts. As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, local anesthesia will be administered to properly numb the treatment area. Other anesthesia or sedation options can be included to help keep you relaxed throughout your surgery. Then, Dr. Tozzi will make an incision in your gum to insert the titanium post in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if multiple posts are required. As the implant integrates with the gums and jawbone over the next several months, a temporary crown or cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Tozzi decides the implant is healed with your gums and jaw, your custom restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) will be attached to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
There may be some temporary inflammation in your gums and face, as well as discomfort, bruising, and some minor bleeding following your implant procedure. However, these sensations are normal and should subside in the days and weeks that follow. Dr. Tozzi will also talk to you about what to expect during your recovery period during your initial consultation. Recovery will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on whether traditional or All-on-4 dental implants were used.
Dr. Tozzi may also prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics to aid in your healing process. As soon as your implants have healed and your restoration is attached, you should maintain a good home oral care regimen that includes flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. You should also attend annual dental exams and biannual cleanings at Michaela Tozzi, DMD so Dr. Tozzi can keep track of your oral health. She will talk to you if your implants or restorations need to be repaired or replaced.
Based on your dental insurance company and specific coverage, a portion of the expenses of your implant(s) and custom restoration(s) might be paid for. We will talk to your provider to understand your specific policy and determine your personal cost. During your initial consultation with Dr. Tozzi, she can estimate your costs and discuss payment methods, along with information on medical financing.
quality Dental Implants
Implants with custom restorations may be a great option if you would like a natural-looking replacement for a single missing tooth or multiple teeth that is simple to clean and can last for many years. Dr. Tozzi can explain the process, starting with surgery to implant the posts and your options on the final restorations. If you would like to get more information on dental implants, make an appointment for a consultation at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV.