Smiles By Design
John M. Garcia, DDS
Dentist located in Weston, FL
Dental implants give people who have missing teeth the chance to enjoy a beautiful full smile again. At Smiles By Design in Weston, Florida, Dr. John M. Garcia can give patients dental implants that are natural looking as well as being permanent.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are synthetic structures that occupy the area where the natural tooth previously existed. Implants are anchored within the jaw or to the bone atop the jaw. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth in the form of a permanent bridge, or even attach to dentures.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are excellent replacements for natural teeth, but they're not right for every person. For an implant to hold successfully, a patient must have the correct bone density, healthy gums, and a healthy immune system. Additionally, only people who practice strict oral hygiene routines are good dental implant candidates.
What do dental implants look like?
Dental implants look nearly identical to the teeth they're replacing. Implants are customized based on the size, shape, and shade of the patient's own natural teeth. For this reason, dental implants blend in very well with natural teeth, and most people are unable to spot the difference.
What are dental implants made from?
Dental implants are made of very durable metals, typically titanium or a titanium-based alloy. Titanium is such a good choice for dental implants because it's biocompatible, which means that it integrates with the body extremely effectively. Both the dental implant base and the teeth are titanium or titanium alloy, while the visible part of the tooth is a porcelain crown.
How are dental implants put in the mouth?
Surgery is needed to prepare the mouth for dental implants and to implant the anchors. Most patients will have 2-3 different appointments during the dental implant process. After the first surgery, the patient must wait until the bone tissue builds up to anchor the implant base firmly. Once this occurs, a metal post may be placed to connect the tooth, as some dental implants now have the base and post all in one. The replacement tooth (with a crown attached) is attached to the post, and the dental implant process is complete. During all dental implant surgeries, patients receive anesthesia to make the process more comfortable. If needed, antibiotics will be prescribed to help prevent infection following dental implant surgery.
Words from our patients
"The best investment ever. Dr. Garcia stays abreast all the latest technology available for optimal dental care. He is innovative and takes much pride in his work!"
"Smiles By Design has the most wonderful staff, they always excel during every check up I have and really care about their patients as people."
"Dr Garcia and Team are wonderful! High tech AND high touch! Great teamwork, super efficient and awesome results. Thank you!!"
"I love smiles by Design! Everyone is friendly and respectful; they make you feel comfortable, and the job they do is very professional. I recommend it 100%"
"Why would I wanna go anywhere else? The cherry on top of it all is that his staff is very professional and friendly. Hard to get all in one these days at others."
"I've been going to Dr. Garcia and his team for over 12yrs. He is THE BEST dentist and has the best staff."
"I have been a client of Dr. Garcia for 10+ years, and would not consider changing dentists, even though I must now travel nearly 100 miles for a visit."