Joan’s Dental Implants—Jupiter, FL
Why Joan Chose Juno Beach Smiles for Dental Implants
Why Joan Wanted to Change Her Smile
Like many women, Joan started to lose bone in her upper jawbone when she got pregnant with her first child. Over time, this became a serious problem, and at age 50, she had to have four of her front teeth removed. After wearing a partial denture for almost 30 years, she casually asked Dr. Riley if there was a better alternative, and he suggested dental implants. This surprised Joan as she had been told she wouldn’t be a good candidate for implants due to her bone loss, but Dr. Riley said it wouldn’t be an issue…and it wasn’t!
Why Joan Got Dental Implants
While partial dentures can be very natural looking and stable, they can never be as strong or secure as real teeth, which can cause them to shift and move around unexpectedly. With dental implants, however, a patient is basically able to replace an entire tooth, not just the visible portion. The new teeth sit on top of titanium tooth roots placed within the jawbone, and these actually stimulate the bone and prevent further deterioration. This was especially helpful for Joan as the implants were able to directly treat a problem she had been dealing with for most of her life.
Dental Implants FAQs
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or teeth. It is typically made of titanium because this material is extremely strong and biocompatible, meaning it’s able to bond firmly with the surrounding bone to give the new teeth a solid foundation.
How can dental implants help people with bone loss?
When a tooth goes missing, the bone that used to support it naturally starts to shrink and deteriorate. This can make the bone too weak to support the nearby teeth, leading to even more tooth loss. Dental implants, once inside the jawbone, restore blood flow to the area and encourage the growth of new, healthy tissue, stopping and even reversing bone loss.
Will I need a bone graft before getting dental implants?
Many patients in Joan’s situation have to get a bone graft to build up and strengthen their jaw before dental implants can be safely placed. Whether or not you will need a bone graft can only be determined after our team gives you an exam and takes some X-rays, which we can do during a quick and convenient appointment you can schedule by clicking here.