Our dentists and team want you to feel prepared for your dental implant treatment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That is why Dr. Dennis Sevel and Dr. Jose Antonio Alfonso offer frequently asked questions about dental implants. If you have more specific questions, we invite you to call us at 954-859-1199 to schedule an in-depth consultation at Las Olas Family Dental & Implant Center.

What makes dental implants different from other tooth replacement options?

Dental implants are unique because they replace both the tooth and its root, providing a stable foundation that mimics natural teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, implants integrate with the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.

Can dental implants be used for multiple missing teeth?

Depending on the number of teeth missing, an implant-supported bridge or denture can be used. This approach minimizes the need for individual implants for each missing tooth.

How does the dental implant process begin?

The process starts with a comprehensive consultation, including X-rays and possibly 3D imaging to assess bone structure and plan the implant placement. Our dentists and team will then discuss your treatment options and develop a personalized plan.

How do dental implants impact daily activities?

Dental implants act like natural teeth, thanks to their secure placement. Unlike dentures, implants do not slip or require removal for cleaning, making them more convenient for daily life.

What are the long-term benefits of dental implants?

Long-term benefits of dental implants include preserved jawbone density, prevention of surrounding teeth shifting, and maintaining facial structure. Implants also offer durability.

How do I care for my dental implants after the procedure?

Caring for dental implants involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental check-ups. Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption also helps ensure the longevity of the implants.

Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?

If you have gum disease, it must be treated before getting dental implants. Healthy gums are crucial for the success of the implant procedure. Our dentists may recommend periodontal treatment to prepare your gums for implants.

What should I expect during the recovery period after implant surgery?

During the recovery period, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort. Our dentists and team will provide instructions on managing these symptoms and guidelines for diet and activity. Healing typically takes a few months as the implant integrates with the jawbone.

How do dental implants affect speech compared to dentures?

Dental implants provide a more natural speech experience compared to dentures. Since implants are securely anchored in the jaw, they do not shift or move, which helps in maintaining clear and accurate speech.

Are there any dietary restrictions after getting dental implants?

Immediately after the procedure, you may need to stick to a soft diet to avoid disturbing the implant site. Once healed, you can enjoy a regular diet without the restrictions often associated with other tooth replacement options.

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