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Dr. Mona Sims DDS

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Advanced Dental Concepts of Jupiter
Dr. Mona Sims DDS

651 W Indiantown Rd Suite A Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 747-7172

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Tooth Replacement
Prosthetic Dentistry - Implants


An implant is a replacement for a missing root.  It allows us to place a false tooth then can then have a new crown placed on it.  Implants are only necessary if the root of a tooth is missing or so decayed that it cannot be used to place a crown.

I always tell patients that an implant is not a replacement for a tooth; it is a replacement for a missing tooth. When a tooth is missing there will be several options to replace it.  The best choice is usually an implant.  This is because it does not involve connecting to any other teeth.  When we fabricate a bridge or other types of appliances, we must alter or use the other adjacent teeth in the area.  This may lead to problems with these other teeth in the future. Once the implant is in place, it feels like your own natural tooth.  It is just as easy to clean, floss and eat with as when you had your own teeth in that area.


Implants can be placed in many areas where teeth are missing or have been lost. .  If there is not sufficient bone, we can often add bone (graft) so that there is enough bone available.

Placing an implant is not a painful.  Implants can often be placed at the same time that a bad tooth is removed.  In fact, this is the ideal time to place an implant.   Placing the implant during the extraction has many positives.   The implant may actually keep the bone in place.  It helps to maintain the bone from dissolving away (as often happens after an extraction).  The bone is strong and dense immediately after an extraction.  The body uses many healing cells to fill the extraction site, which aids in the implant healing.

If there is an infection present when the old tooth is extracted we may have to wait for healing before the implant can be placed.  The implants are usually left to get strong for3-6 months for the implants at which time the post and crown can be placed.

It is estimated that implants are successfully placed approximately 95 percent of the time.  In most cases if an implant does not  (integrate) attach to the bone on the initial placement, it can be removed and replaced.



Missing Tooth, Implant Post, New Crown



Implants can also be used to help retain (hold down ) dentures.  This is especially important when a patient has little or no bone left for the denture to rest on.  If the denture moves around it will cause a lot of pain and not allow you to eat a healthy diet.   With poor fitting dentures a person eats only soft foods like bread and pasta.  

Implants can be used with snaps or other attachments to keep the denture in place.  The denture rests on the implants or attaches to the implants keeping it stable and holding it in place.  This greatly imprves the comfort and efficiency of the denture.  When the denture fits better and is more comfortable the patient can start improving their diet and enjoying eating again.



Risks of Implant Placement

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with implants.   Patients should be healthy.  Surgery is most successful when there is adequate bone to place the implant.  The best areas to place an implant are where there is a lot of bone, that is very dense and far from any nerves.   The complications are very rare, they can include infection, bleeding and damage to a nerve causing permanent numbness.   The risks of any of these complications are very small.  

The most common complication is when the implant fails to integrate (attach) to the bone.   In most cases the implant can easily be replaced.  We may have to wait an additional 3- 6 months for healing and then the implant can be restored.





Implants Overview
Prosthetic Dentistry - Implants

Implant Overview

Implants are often the preferred way to  replace missing, decayed or weak teeth that they cannot be repaired.    They are especially useful to replace posterior (back) teeth.   Often there are no other back teeth available to make a bridge.  Without implants, people missing back teeth would have had to have some type of removable denture.  Now, people have a choice to place implants and really place teeth that look and feel very natural.  Hundreds of thousands of patients have dental implants placed each year.
Successful implant placement begins with a through examination.   Patients must be healthy.  There must be adequate bone to place the implant or the bone must be rebuilt (grafted).    Implants must be placed in the correct position and at the correct angle to allow us to place a natural crown.   In most cases, it is recommended that  the implant heal and attach to the bone (osseointregration) several months before we place a crown, bridge or denture that will attach to it. When the crown is placed, it will feel like a crown on a natural tooth.

 IMPLANTS USED TO REPLACE A SINGLE MISSING TOOTH - Missing front tooth to be replaced with an implant - Permanent crown cemented to post

Missing front tooth to be replaced          Permanent crown cemented to post

with an implant


IMPLANTS USED TO REPLACE MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH - Multiple implants needed to replace back teeth  - Multiple Implants Used

                    Multiple implants used to replace back teeth 



                This is cemented in place and feels like natural teeth,
                             (in place of a removable denture)

Non Removable Denture Preparation          cemented in place and feels like natural teeth




Two implants placed, securing a denture with O-rings           Four implants supporting a bar upon which the denture clips

Two implants placed, securing a             Four implants supporting a bar upon

denture with O-rings                            which the denture clips. This is a

                                                         very secure denture when seated.


Implants help to preserve the jawbone after teeth are lost.   When the bone is preserved we do not see the loss of support to the lips and lower face that makes a person appear much older. 

Implants allow us to place fixed (cemented) restorations and crowns that feel and function much more like your own teeth.  Most patients tell me that they feel more natural than a removable denture.  This helps you to eat and speak similar to the way you did before your teeth were lost.