Dr. Mundi Buechele specializes in restorative dentistry and implant dentistry. And at Clermont Family Dentistry, a dental implant is the best way to permanently restore a missing tooth and your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants utilize a two-part restoration to treat a missing tooth. A screw-shaped post is placed in your gum and jaw bone, replacing the root of your missing tooth.
After your gum and jaw have healed around the post, a dental crown is permanently attached to the post with an abutment. The crown is custom-crafted for you mouth, so the result is a tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural tooth. Plus, it will last a lifetime.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process at Clermont Family Dentistry begins with a comprehensive oral health assessment. If Dr. Buechele believes that a dental implant is right for you, he will begin the process by taking scans and molds of your teeth to ensure the final fit of the dental implant is as accurate as possible.
For the placement of the post, you’ll be under anesthesia. A small opening is made in the gum line where your missing tooth used to be. The post is implanted, and the gum is sealed with sutures. The post may then be covered with a temporary crown during the healing process.
Over the next 3-6 months, this post will permanently bond to the surrounding gum and jaw tissue. Once fully healed, it will function as an artificial root and you can make an appointment to receive your crown. Dr. Buechele will check the size, appearance, and fit of your dental crown against your other teeth. If it’s a perfect match, it will then be bonded permanently to the abutment, and you’ll walk out of your appointment with a fully functional tooth.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
So, why should you choose a dental implant over an alternative tooth restoration such as a dental bridge or partial denture? Here are just a few reasons:
- Dental implants last a lifetime – Dental implants can easily last anywhere from 30 years to the rest of your life with proper care and good oral hygiene. In contrast, bridges and dentures must be replaced as often as every 5 years.
- Implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth – Implants look, feel, and function just like a real tooth. No one will be able to tell the difference, including you!
- No specialized care required – As long as you brush and floss regularly, and see Dr. Buechele for regular 6-month oral exams and professional teeth cleanings, your implant will remain in tip-top shape.
Interested In A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth? Come To Our Office Today!
Whether you’re considering dentures or a dental bridge, or you’re interested in the long-term benefits of a dental implant, Clermont Family Dentistry is where you want to be. Dr. Mundi Buechele can help you decide which treatment is right for your missing teeth. So don’t wait! Contact us at 352-242-1763 to get started, or drop by our office in Clermont at Clermont Family Dentistry & Dentures, 12344 Roper Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711.
Understanding The Advantages Of Dental Implants
Compared to other restorative dental treatments like dental bridges and dentures, dental implants have a few key advantages.
First, they help support and strengthen your jaw bone. The dental implant is placed directly into your jaw, and it functions as an artificial root, stimulating the area and preventing “bone resorption,” which is a common side effect of tooth loss. Dentures and dental bridges do not have the same effect.
Dental implants also look and feel very natural, and they are completely indistinguishable from natural teeth. You can eat, bite and speak without worrying about your implant slipping, and you can care for your new tooth by simply brushing and flossing normally.
The Dental Implant Process – Step-By-Step
Wondering how the dental implant process works? Here’s a quick, step-by-step overview of what you can expect at Clermont Family Dentistry.
- Implant consultation – First, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Mundi Buechele. He will determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment, and take x-rays and images of your mouth and jaw to begin planning your implant surgery.
- (Optional) Pre-treatment surgeries – Depending on your condition, you may need additional treatments like tooth extractions, alveoloplasty (jaw bone smoothing) or a bone graft before you can have an implant placed. Dr. Buechele will discuss these treatments with you in depth if they are necessary for your implant procedure.
- Implant placement – At your next appointment, Dr. Buechele will place your implant directly into your gum and jaw bone under anesthesia. Then, the treatment area will be cleaned and sutured shut to heal, and you will be sent home.
- Healing & recovery – It takes about 2-3 weeks to heal from the initial placement surgery, but the process of “osseointegration,” which bonds your implant to your jaw bone permanently, takes about 3-6 months.
- Building your restoration – During the 3-6 month healing period, you’ll come in for a few appointments at our office. Dr. Buechele will make sure your mouth is healing properly, and will take impressions and images of your teeth to begin building your dental crown.
- Restoring your tooth – Once your mouth is completely healed, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Buechele will check the size, shape, and appearance of your crown to make sure that it’s perfect, and then attach it to your dental implant.
While the process of getting a dental implant is longer and more involved compared to a denture or dental bridge, you’ll enjoy superior results, and a smile that will last you a lifetime if you choose to have a dental implant at our office.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
As long as you care for your dental implant properly by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day, your implant will likely last you for the rest of your life. Most dental implants last at least 30 years.
However, your implant restoration, like a dental crown, may need to be replaced within 15-20 years. The implant itself will never become worn out, but your false tooth may eventually wear down or become cracked due to the wear & tear of chewing and biting.