Dr. Rodriguez – Martin is a native Floridian. He has also completed more than 250 hours of continuing education in implantology, cosmetic dentistry & orthodontics.

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People have been losing teeth for as long as they have had them. Tooth decay and trauma claim many teeth every year. In the past, a dental implantsmissing tooth was permanent, and the resulting gap was just a fact of life. Luckily, that is no longer the case. Dental implants are a new solution to this age-old problem and can give you back your smile with help from your Delray Beach, FL dentist.

The History of Dental Implants
Evidence of dental implants has been found throughout history. Our ancestors used bone, stone and even animal teeth to replace their missing teeth. Dentists began using modern dental implants in the 1970s. Since then, the design has changed, but the idea has stayed the same. A biocompatible titanium post implanted into the jawbone underneath a missing tooth replaces the tooth’s root and serves as a solid foundation for a replacement tooth.

How do dental implants work? 
After implantation, the titanium post, called the fixture, integrates into the bone, actually becoming part of the mouth. This process provides the prosthetic tooth a sturdy anchor on which to attach. The process usually takes place in two phases. Phase one involves consultation, surgery and healing time. This portion of the process takes several months as the successful integration of the fixture into the bone during healing is essential to your implant’s success. Phase two involves creating and placing the prosthetic teeth.

Are dental implants right for me? 
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath it is no longer stimulated by the tooth’s roots. This causes the bone to degrade and shrink, known medically as bone atrophy. Due to the design of the implant, a good candidate for dental implants must have minimal bone atrophy and sufficient bone volume to support the implant. Additionally, your natural teeth and implants alike require a strong at-home oral care routine to stay healthy and clean. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once. Alongside a great at-home routine, see your Delray Beach dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings to ensure no further problems arise.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin, DMD at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call (561) 272-2131 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

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