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Dental Implants in Jupiter, FL

Missing or severely decayed teeth can be replaced with dental implants, an alternative to dentures and crowns. At Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, we offer solutions and recommendations for patients in need of dental implants in West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County.

What are Dental Implants?

Missing teeth can be treated with dental implants, dentures, and crowns. Dentures and crowns have some disadvantages when compared to dental implants, such as:

  • Dentures can be uncomfortable and interfere with your ability to speak and chew properly
  • Dental crowns may come loose over time.
  • Dentures and dental crowns may have an unnatural appearance compared to the surrounding natural teeth.

Dental implants are permanently anchored into the bone, so the implants cannot shift like dentures. Implants do not cause problems with talking or chewing. Cosmetically, dental implants have the advantage of looking like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants Benefits and Treatment Options

Compared to dental crowns and dentures, dental implants offer the following benefits:

  • More comfortable
  • Replaces the entire tooth, whereas a crown requires a portion of a tooth be in place
  • Are perfect for replacing one or more teeth

Why are Dental Implants Necessary?

Tooth loss and extractions leave gaps in your teeth that are cosmetic issues and increase your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Although missing teeth can be replaced with dentures, crowns, and implants, many patients prefer dental implants because of their cosmetic and oral health benefits.

What is the Procedure for Dental Implants?

Three appointments are required for your dental implants:

  1. During the first appointment, the doctor inserts a titanium rod into the socket of the missing tooth. Your second appointment is scheduled six to twelve weeks later to allow time for your bone to grow around the rod.
  2. The second appointment is when the dental crown os added to the rod.
  3. Your third appointment is a follow-up to check the fit of the implant and make any corrections. You should advise the doctor of any problems you experience with your implants, such as discomfort or difficulties with chewing or talking. Also advise her of any problems with cleaning the implant and surrounding teeth and gums.

Preparing for Dental Implants

A missing tooth can result from trauma, such as an injury while playing sports, or tooth decay that requires an extraction. The doctor may recommend that the tooth socket be allowed to heal before proceeding with your dental implants.

Recovery from Dental Implants

After the rod is inserted during the first appointment, you may have some mild discomfort that can be treated with non-prescription medication. The addition of the dental crown during the second appointment should not cause any discomfort. We recommend that you practice good oral hygiene to prevent any further tooth decay or gum disease.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Jupiter?

Dental implants may be covered by your dental insurance. We will explain your coverage after your consultation appointment. Any balance that remains after your insurance processes the claim can be paid with cash, personal check or credit card. Smiles dentistry also offers dental financing through CareCredit®.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

During your consultation, your doctor will explain your options for replacing your missing tooth. Dental implants, if appropriate for your needs, offer cosmetic and oral health benefits, but the implants may not be covered by your dental insurance.

People who have missing teeth are less likely to smile, and the gap left by a missing tooth makes you more susceptible to advanced oral health problems. Whether tooth loss is caused by an injury or tooth decay, missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Contact Smiles Dentistry, serving patients in Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, for additional information regarding dental implants.