Anthony J. Auletta, Jr. D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental Implant Surgery
Call: (727)397-8500

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

Dental implants are root formed titanium screws that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by Dr. Auletta.  The crown, bridge or denture then attach to the implant or implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable with an overall success rate of 98 percent. Dr. Auletta uses the NOBEL BIOCARE IMPLANT SYSTEM, one of the most respected implant system on the market today. He has used this implant system since 1984.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  Implants are placed in a sterile environment typically using I V sedation. The implants are allowed to heal for 3-4 months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the time of extraction and shorten treatment time. 

 The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post (abutment) portion of the implant. The  fabrication and placement of the crown, bridge or denture is performed by your family dentist in conjunction with Dr. Auletta. The artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life and care of your new implant.