In addition to being a general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scarpitti is highly skilled in implant placement and bone grafting, which allows you to complete a full smile restoration from a doctor and team you already know and trust.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
If you are a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease, you may be a candidate for dental implants at our Orlando dental office.
How can implants help you?
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
When patients have complex surgical needs, we entrust our in-house periodontist with the surgical aspects of treatment under the direction of Dr. Scarpitti. These specialized procedures include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes six to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
- Implant Site Development: When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date. Our implant site development treatments include ridge augmentations, socket preservation, and sinus lifts.
Dr. Scarpitti utilizes new technology such at CBCT, CAD-CAM computerized dentistry, and 3D printing to make sure his implants are placed safely and effectively. This allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants. This technology, along with CEREC® technology and Sprint Ray 3D printing, is also used for pre planning and surgical guide fabrication.
Caring for Your Implant
Consider your dental implants to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule at our Orlando dental office will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.