Dental implants can be the best solution for missing teeth. At Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, the team led by Raul Molina Jr., DDS, PA, and Raul Molina, DMD, has extensive training in full-mouth cosmetic rehabilitation, serving patients in and around Miami, Florida. Learn more about this conservative approach that provides natural-looking results. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed into your jaw to hold a replacement crown or bridge in place.
Typically made of titanium, your dentist at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, surgically implants this metal post into your jaw bone beneath your gum line. A permanent or removable tooth is attached to the top of the implant post.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, to support a partial bridge that replaces several teeth, or to permanently attach full dentures or bridges in place. Because dental implants are anchored into your jaw, they feel more natural and have more stability than other tooth replacement options.
There are several advantages to dental implants, including:
Comfortable: the stability of implants provides more confidence in eating and speaking Dental implants are also easy to care for by regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
While the team at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, specializes in dental implants, they can also refer your case to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if necessary.
Placing dental implants usually takes at least two surgical procedures.
To prepare for your implant procedure, the team at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, uses 3D images and impressions to identify the optimal location for your implant. Additional treatments like bone grafting and tooth extraction might be needed to prepare a solid foundation for your implant.
Your implant is placed using a special drill and tools. Your dentist at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, typically performs this procedure while you’re under local anesthesia, but also offers sedation dentistry to ensure your experience is free from anxiety and discomfort. After your mouth has healed and your implant has fused to your jaw, your dentist creates and places your custom-made crown.
Another option is the All-on-4® implant procedure.
The All-on-4 option uses four dental implants, with two or more fixed at angles in your jaw. Using these four implants, your dentist at Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, can replace all of your upper or lower teeth in one procedure. That means you don't have to have an implant for every lost tooth.
The All-on-4 approach could be a good option if you want to avoid waiting for your implants to heal before getting your new teeth. If you're a suitable candidate, your dentist can use All-on-4 to place a fixed bridge at the same time as the implants. You can often avoid the need for a bone graft using the All-on-4 approach as well.
Call the office of Dr. Raul G. Molina, Jr., DDS, PA, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about dental implants.