Dental Implants in Miami
Whether it’s due to decay, disease, or injury, tooth loss can be an unavoidable fact of life, especially as we age. As we grow older and more teeth are lost, it can become difficult to chew or even
speak, resulting in the need for a replacement. Unfortunately, replacing numerous lost teeth with simple dentures can bring its own share of problems.
Although modern dentures are carefully designed to look like natural teeth, they don’t function like real teeth. Even dentures that fit relatively well can slip around, making it hard to eat certain food and occasionally even interfering with clear speech. Over time, wearing dentures can even lead to bone loss, which makes them fit worse and slip around more. This can cause difficulty chewing, irritating noises like clicking, and even pain as the denture rubs against the gum. This constant change in jaw size also means that denture-wearers can require frequent replacements, which is both inconvenient and costly.
Now there is a new alternative that makes dentures function more like your own natural teeth. TeethXPress® offers a brand new way of keeping your dentures perfectly secure by integrating them with your own jawbone. This allows you to go about your day-to-day life with no slipping, no difficulty chewing, and no embarrassing clicking.
Is TeethXPress® Right for You?
Before deciding on TeethXPress® as the right choice for you, it’s important to go through a detailed consultation to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate for the procedure. While most adult patients who are missing many or all of their teeth can benefit from this procedure, Dr. Gallardo will need to examine you as well as take x-rays of your teeth to check important factors like your bone density before recommending TeethXPress® and forming your own personal treatment plan. The dental office of Dr. Gallardo is equipped with a CT Scan for all of your x-rays needs. Once they’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for the treatment, you’ll be able to begin the exciting process of getting back a functional, healthy smile with TeethXPress® dental implants.
The TeethXPress® procedure is normally a single-stage process done in one day under simple local anesthesia. Once you’ve been properly anesthetized, metal implants will be placed into your jaw surgically using abutment posts. For most patients, between 4 and 6 of these implants are required to properly secure the dentures. Once the implants have been placed, the dentures are attached to them, leaving the dentures securely fastened to your jaw so they will perform like your own natural teeth.
Recovery from the TeethXPress® procedure is normally fairly brief. Discomfort is minimal, but you will be prescribed oral pain medication to help deal with any pain. You’ll also need to be careful to stick to a soft diet during the first weeks while the implants settle and the surrounding areas heal. Maintaining proper oral hygiene during and after recovery is also key for avoiding infections and encouraging proper healing of the area.
TeethXPress® Frequently Asked Questions
What advantages does TeethXPress® have over standard dentures?
Unlike standard dentures, TeethXPress® dental implants bond the dentures to your jaw, allowing them to look and function like natural teeth with no slipping, clicking, or slurring of speech. Since using your own jawbone prevents bone loss, they also encourage good oral health and rarely need to be replaced.
Can the TeethXPress® procedure be done with my existing dentures?
As long as your existing denture still fits adequately, it can be used for the procedure. If it won’t work for whatever reason, we will create a new denture prior to the procedure so that you can still leave the same day with effective, natural-looking teeth.
Will I be away from work for long?
No. In most cases, patients feel comfortable returning to work as soon as the day after the procedure.
Does the treatment take long?
The procedure typically takes 3 to 4 hours in a normal situation requiring 4 to 6 implants. Dr. Gallardo, in their Miami dental office, will be able to tell you during your consultation if your situation has any complications that may take more time.
Will my teeth require any special care after the TeethXPress treatment?
You may need to use a special rinse during the healing phase, and you’ll need to be sure to clean them carefully after that. Many patients find that a waterpick works well to maintain proper hygiene around the implants. You’ll also want to continue seeing your dentist regularly for normal maintenance.
Will my new implants last long?
Durability is one of the advantages that TeethXPress® implants have over the standard denture procedure. With proper hygiene, many implants are able to last for forty years or even more, allowing you to go about your normal life without worrying about your teeth.
Does getting TeethXPress® implants hurt?
No. Since we use local anesthesia and IV sedation to perform the procedure, you won’t feel any pain. Discomfort during recovery is also minimal, and most patients say it’s easily managed with simple oral pain medications.
Where will the procedure take place?
All of our dental procedures, including TeethXPress®, take place right in our state-of-the-art Miami, FL, dental office, which is professionally equipped with everything necessary to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole experience.
Will my insurance cover TeethXPress®?
It depends on your insurance policy, but most insurance companies are willing to cover at least a portion of the treatment. We also offer flexible payment plans and financing options to be sure that budget is never a reason to miss out on your new smile.
Are dental implants well-tested?
Yes. In fact, implants are considered the standard of dental care. This particular type has a success rate of over 99%, making it a very reliable choice.