Why You Want Dental Implants

With dental implants, you can regain more than your smile. If you’re missing one or more teeth, our oral surgeon in Lakeland, Dr. Sean Wallcott, can help you reclaim a youthful appearance and also healthy biting function by placing dental implants. To enable you to discover more about dental implants and find out if this treatment is right for you, we offer a complimentary (no charge) initial consultation. It’s as simple as contacting us to schedule this free appointment.

Having empty spaces between your teeth can be uncomfortable, make you feel self-conscious about your smile, and lead to unhealthy dental conditions. Your dentist may be advising you to promptly replace missing teeth because:

  • Missing teeth can make you feel embarrassed about your smile.
  • Having fewer teeth can make chewing and speaking uncomfortable, interfering with your daily life.
  • Gaps in your mouth can be difficult to clean and allow bacteria to collect, causing periodontal disease, sores, or other oral health issues.
  • Your surrounding teeth often drift into the space left by a missing tooth, creating malocclusion and other orthodontic issues.
  • And, very importantly—without tooth roots to stimulate jawbone tissue growth, the bone will begin to absorb, changing your overall facial structure. This can give your face a hollow, narrow, and often elderly appearance and disrupt the function of your mouth. If you are wearing removable dentures, they will be come loose and uncomfortable as the bone and overlying gum tissue change.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that look like screws. They are surgically inserted into the jaw bone, where they fuse with the existing bone tissue through a bone growth process called “osseointegration” and take the place of missing tooth roots. Your dentist or prosthodontist can attach beautiful prosthetic dental restorations to one or more implants.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants can support and retain crowns, bridges (partial dentures), and complete dentures. Some implant dentures snap on and off of implant attachments and are removable by the patient for cleaning and sleeping. Implant crowns, bridges, and hybrid dentures are fixed on implants so they stay permanently in place.
Implant restorations offer many advantages over traditional crown and bridge treatment and removable dentures. The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Easier, more comfortable eating, talking, and smiling
  • A more attractive, natural looking smile with artificial teeth that do not move during use
  • Improved jawbone health, since the stimulation of the dental implants prevents bone deterioration
  • Better durability than traditional restorations eliminating replacement every few years
  • No need to crown adjacent healthy teeth to hold a bridge or to modify adjacent teeth with removable bridge attachments
  • No need to use messy adhesives (denture creams) to hold a denture in place

Your first appointment is free!

We offer complementary (no fee) initial and second-opinion consultations. Dr. Aves will talk with you, examine your mouth, and do any required digital x-ray imaging. At your initial appointment, this imaging is free of charge. We also include a 3D cone beam CAT scan, if one is required. A CAT scan alone is valued at $475.00.

Contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants in Lakeland today to schedule a free consultation appointment with Dr. Walcott.