Every dentist in the world agrees: Nothing replaces missing teeth better than dental implants. As both a general dentist and periodontist, Dr. Hoop understands this better than most. His extensive training makes him an expert in all aspects of implant dentistry, so whether you’re missing one tooth or need a full set of dentures, he can use this treatment to virtually turn back the clock and help you look and feel like you never experienced tooth loss in the first place. To learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Fort Myers, FL and start getting your smile back, contact Total Dental Solutions today.
A dental implant isn’t a prosthetic tooth, but rather a small, titanium post that is placed into the jawbone in the space left by a natural tooth. There, through a natural process called osseointegration, the implant actually melds with the nearby bone. This essentially creates a new root, which can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture on top.
Dental implants offer several advantages compared to traditional tooth replacement:
No matter how many teeth you might be missing, dental implants can offer a solution. All a patient needs to bring to the table is a relatively healthy mouth and a jawbone strong enough to hold the new roots (Dr. Hoop can help a patient meet these requirements if needed, more on this below). One of the best things about implants is their versatility, as they can be personalized based on how many teeth a patient hopes to recover:
Replacing a single tooth is relatively straightforward with an implant. The titanium post is placed into the jawbone and topped with an all-porcelain crown. This approach is less invasive compared to getting a bridge, in which the nearby teeth have to be reshaped and shaved down to make room for the prosthetic.
Just one or two implants can serve as the foundation for a bridge or partial denture that brings back several teeth at once. Not only is this more cost-effective versus using an implant for each individual tooth, but implants also make these prosthetics much more stable compared to their removable counterparts.
Even total tooth loss can be completely reversed with dental implants. Four to six posts placed along the jawbone can attach a full denture and give it rock-solid stability. Implant dentures enable a patient to recover much more of their bite strength compared to removable ones, allowing them to eat a more varied and nutritious diet.
Many patients who are interested in getting dental implants first need to undergo a procedure that builds up and strengthens their jawbone. This is because they have developed bone loss due to their missing teeth, making it too weak to hold the new roots. Each of the treatments detailed below is performed by Dr. Hoop himself, making the entire implant process as seamless as possible.
This procedure involves thickening and building up the back upper portion of the jawbone located right below the sinus cavities. The sinus membrane is slightly lifted to create enough room for the new bone that will be used to support the implants.
The bone located immediately around a tooth is known as the ridge, and it’s vital for stability. A ridge augmentation is a type of bone graft in which this area is built up to support a patient’s implant. It’s usually performed when a failing or broken tooth is removed to make replacing it as easy as possible.
If a certain area of the jawbone is too thin or brittle to house an implant, Dr. Hoop can encourage new tissue growth right where it’s needed with a bone graft. Often, this involves taking a small sample of a patient’s own bone and placing it where the implant will be located. This will cause fresh, strong bone to grow that provides the support needed for a patient’s implant.
As a trained periodontist, Dr. Hoop is able to perform a number of implant-related procedures that you just won’t find offered by your typical general dentist. These improve the precision of the placement procedure while also making it more effective and comfortable. They combine advanced techniques with some of the latest technology, helping Dr. Hoop dramatically increase the chances of success while also making the process as non-invasive as possible.
We use 3D CBCT technology and four computer programs to place surgical stents in the most optimal position to place your implant. We average within .2 mm (the thickness of a couple of sheets of paper) of a precise location within your bone to improve your overall result and reduce the risk of complications.
Dr. Hoop will likely not have to make an incision when placing your dental implants. This is a stark contrast to the open flap surgery performed by most dentists. Incisionless surgery is about 50 percent faster and is far less traumatic to your mouth than traditional implant surgery, which means you’ll recover quicker.
Using the angled placement option of All-on-X, we can avoid your maxillary sinus and mandibular nerve. This means you won’t need to receive additional bone grafts before you get your implants.
Dr. Hoop can extract broken or decayed teeth and immediately replace them with implants at the same appointment. This not only speeds up the treatment process, but it also prevents the bone loss that can occur after an extraction.
We offer a few options for immediate-load replacement teeth, which means that your entire arch of teeth will be restored in a single day. All-on-4®, TeethXpress, and Smile-in-a-Day can improve your life in one appointment.
Mini dental implants are smaller and shorter posts compared to traditional ones, and they allow patients who have developed bone loss to get implants without undergoing a bone graft first. Thanks to their reduced size, the placement and recovery process is notably faster compared to regular implants, allowing a patient to get their new teeth as quickly as possible.
A variety of biologically active materials can improve your healing response and overall outcome while getting implants. We use L-PRF®, rhPDGF, and rhBMP-2 in our dental office. Leukocyte-platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) is made using your own blood. It is then placed at the implant site to stimulate and speed up healing.
Every dental implant treatment provided by Dr. Hoop is 100% personalized based on the needs of the patient, and because of this, the price is always different from person to person. Factors that can affect the final cost include the number of implants needed, if a bone graft is required, and what type of restoration will be placed. We’ll go over all pricing information with you when you come in for an implant consultation. We’ll also discuss how insurance and financing can make your new teeth easily affordable.