Punta Gorda Dental Implants - Michael R. Markgraf, DDS
Tooth loss can be an emotionally traumatic event, as well as a physically uncomfortable situation. It affects your speech, the strength of your bite, and your confidence in your smile.
Fortunately, the options available for filling gaps in your teeth are better and more reliable than ever. Michael Markgraf, DDS, of Punta Gorda specializes in placing and restoring dental implants for patients with missing teeth.
Since 1999, our practice has restored countless patients’ smiles, and Dr. Markgraf’s gentle touch and compassionate care maximize comfort with every visit. Call our office to find out if you are eligible for dental implants!
What are Dental Implants?
When a tooth is missing or must be extracted, normal restorations can fill the gap, but only on the surface. Unfortunately, when tooth loss occurs, it doesn’t just affect your oral structure above the gum line.
Without a root, the jawbone begins to experience accelerated resorption, a process where the jaw loses bone mass without the stimulation provided by the root. Dental implants prevent this by acting as a new root, stimulating the jaw just as a natural tooth root would.
A biocompatible post is placed directly into the bone, which bonds to the bone over the course of healing, in a process known as osseointegration. Once the bonding is complete, a beautiful prosthetic is placed using an abutment onto the implant post.
Not only do implant-supported restorations look and feel just like a real tooth, but they return full strength to the bite and prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment due to missing dentition.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
There are a number of things to keep in mind before considering dental implants to restore your smile, as there a few important qualifications that a patient must meet in order to ensure a successful implant.
For starters, bone density matters. Dental implants are fairly small, but if there’s not enough bone to support the implant, it could fail. Even worse, the implant could cause more damage to bones that are too brittle.
For patients that lack the necessary bone density, however, there are other options. Bone grafts can prepare the jaw for implant surgery.
It is also crucial that the mouth and full oral system be in good health. If the mouth and gums are not healthy, it is unlikely that the implant will properly heal or be successful.
Full, Beautiful Smiles in Punta Gorda
Dr. Markgraf has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years, and in that time he has restored countless smiles. If you have experienced tooth loss, let Michael R. Markgraf, DDS will make your smile whole again.
Contact our Punta Gorda practice today for a consultation with our friendly staff, and find out if dental implants are right for you.