Restorative and Surgical Implants


The unappealing loss of teeth can be the result of situations like tooth decay, gum disease, failed root canals, mouth injuries and even an individual’s genetic make-up. Because of the unpleasant aesthetic nature of teeth loss, it can ultimately be the cause of a low self-esteem. In more extreme cases, it may even cause an individual’s daily consumption to change for the worse and spark malnutrition. To help combat the side effects of teeth loss, Dr. Maxine Moncrieffe & Dr Marcella Guzman at Making Orlando Smile – Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry offers dental implants as a suitable solution.

Synthetic teeth which are used to replace lost teeth are called dental implants. Despite being generally categorized as cosmetic dentistry, it may also fall under prosthetics or artificial replacements. With the rise in technology, patients can now acquire very realistic looking implants which are also very durable.

The Pros of Dental Implants

Thanks to the advancements in science and technology, a larger number of individuals have taken to dental implants to solve the problem of lost teeth. However, if deemed unnecessary, Dr. Moncrieffe & Dr Marcella Guzman may suggest a different procedure. If the implant is the best option though, there are some advantages to this specific procedure like the following:

  • Because of the durability, dental implants have a longer longevity than alternate restorative procedures such as bridges and dentures. Implants are also, therefore, the more enduring and permanent way to deal with loss of teeth.

  • Dental implants work well with other dental procedures which can make both separate procedures more effective in the end. Crowns are an example of a restorative procedure that works well with implants.

  • In the case that the patient already has a dental bridge, the use of an implant provides a more stable hold for the bridge. It also allows for the support of dentures.

There is no specific license that a dentist will need to execute a dental implant. If the patient will feel safer with a dentist that specializes in the procedure though, it is advisable to visit a periodontist or a oral surgeon. Fortunately, for our patients Dr Marcella Guzman is an oral surgeon allowing us to provide such delicate expertise in-house.

How the Procedure is Done

With the advancements in the field of dentistry, the way dental implants are made and function between the implant and bone have ensured that the artificial teeth have little to no difference when compared to a real tooth. The process of getting an implant typically only takes one visit to the dentist.

The process which takes the most time with dental implants is the hooking of the implant to the jaw bone which is called osseointegration. This can take anywhere from three to six months to be completed after which Dr Marcella Guzman & Dr. Moncrieffe will place a crown on it. Osseointegration is the most important step in the dental implant since the failure of the anchoring will mean the instability and eventual loss of the implant.

Success Rates for Dental Implants

Having become quite a common procedure in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants have a relative high success rate. Despite the lack of any concrete guarantee that an individual’s implant will be a successful one, at this point in time, success rates are at ninety-five percent for lower jaws while the rate for upper jaws is at an optimistic ninety percent. Implants have been proven to be slightly more difficult to perform on the upper jaw because the tissue in the area is relatively tender in comparison to the tissue found in the lower jaw. The difference in the tissue’s softness makes the work that needs to be done more of a challenge.

Dental implants can be unsuccessful due to a number of causes, the long process of osseointegration being one of the leading reasons. Osseointegration may be disrupted by implants that are not properly fitted into the jawbone. Aside from this, dental implants are very much like their original counterpart and can therefore be susceptible to bacterial infections if they aren’t cared for properly. For example, dentists will typically ask a smoker to cut down on their cigarette intake before coming in for a dental implant.

Cavities cannot afflict a dental implant but a healthy oral care regimen should still be employed in addition to regular visits to dentist to ensure that there are no cases of gum disease developing around the area of implant.

Advances in Dental Implants

For dentists who are well acquainted with the procedures of dental implants, there has been a new technique which involves the placement of the implants directly into the cavity of a freshly removed tooth. If the process comes out successful, the time that it takes for osseointegration to take place is cut by a considerable amount. However, the possibility of this technique being employed varies from person to person depending on the anatomical build of the intended implant area.