Get Involved with St. Jude Children's Hospital
We at Miami Smile Institute love to give back to the community, that's why we would love to have you join our team and help us raise money for the St. Jude Run/Walk on September 23, 2017. Our entire staff will be in attendance and we would love for our patients to join us. We are going to have team t-shirts made special for those who would like to be a part of our team. We will also be collecting donations. The families at St.Jude don't have to pay for any treatment they receive so every penny makes a difference. Join us! You can make a difference in a child's battle with cancer and have fun while you do so. If you would like to know more about the St. Jude Run/Walk and want to know how to get involved, don't hesitate to give us a call today. We will tell you everything you need to know.
Online Dental Education Library
Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.