Dental Implants – Stuart, FL
How We Close The Gaps In Your Smile
Tooth loss affects millions of people in the United States daily, whether it’s their ability to speak or their diet. While other tooth replacement methods come close to replacing the missing functions that accommodate tooth loss, they don’t go as far as treatments like dental implants. If you’re missing single, multiple or all the teeth in your smile, don’t hesitate to contact our office directly to schedule an appointment. We’d be more than happy to confirm your eligibility and get you on the right path towards a brand-new smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are designed to replace the entire root of teeth, not solely the crown. After an implant is placed, it undergoes a process known as osseointegration. Once complete, the implant becomes a part of your existing bone and gum tissue, ensuring a long-lasting fit and long-term reliability. Not only can you smile with confidence, but you can eat the foods you enjoy without worry of your replacement tooth shifting out of place.
Additionally, dental implants are clinically proven to last at least 25 years when placed by a professional and properly maintained. In many cases, they last for a lifetime. With success rates as high as 95 percent, even after 10 years of use, it’s a restoration that doesn’t only carry cosmetic benefits, but restorative longevity as well. By restoring the root, blood flow can continue to the mouth and face, which also prevents the early signs of aging.
Indications for Dental Implants
If you’re concerned because you have several missing teeth, don’t be. Dental implants are capable of replacing single teeth, multiple consecutive teeth (like bridges) and even all the teeth in a single arch (like dentures.)
Missing Single Tooth
To replace a single tooth, we place one titanium implant post into the jaw, allow it to heal, then place an abutment piece on top. The abutment acts as a connecter for the eventual restoration. All restorations we use are made from porcelain material to ensure lifelike esthetics and long-term durability.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you need to replace multiple consecutive teeth, we can place a pair of dental implants to hold a dental bridge. Because the implants are strong enough to hold this complex restoration, we won’t need to modify existing tooth enamel just to make it fit. This is ideal for patients who want to retain as much of their natural tooth enamel as possible.
Missing All Teeth
Whether you need to replace teeth in opposing sides of your mouth or all the teeth in your arch, implant-retained dentures are a great way to do it. If your current denture is not staying in place or you need to get it replaced anyway, we can customize your next restoration to fit on top of several dental implants strategically placed throughout the jaw.
With this procedure, a patient can literally have an entire row of teeth restored in just one day. It’s truly amazing! After placing from just four to six implant posts, we can make a bridge that connects to them immediately, so that you never have to deal with teeth that come in and out of your mouth. . This treatment is so versatile that it can even work for patients who have suffered bone loss due to tooth loss. You can literally wake up that morning with an incomplete smile and go to bed that night with a full set of teeth.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
As you find out more about your implant treatment, you’ll learn that the cost can vary significantly depending on what your needs are. For example, those who need to replace one tooth over a 3-unit bridge will pay less. Furthermore, if you need to have preparatory treatments performed before dental implants become viable, including periodontal therapy, bone grafts, or sinus lifts, your overall treatment costs will be higher.
While the cost of dental implants can seem high at first, it’s worth noting that they are meant to be a long-term investment that lasts many decades. This means you won’t have to worry about replacing your implant in the same way you would a traditional denture or bridge, and you’re getting a more comprehensive tooth replacement to boot.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are unlike any other prosthetic because they replace the entire tooth structure, including the root. This will require you to undergo a multi-phased treatment process that will take several months to complete. Although it might take longer than other options, it’s time well spent. You’ll enjoy a close replica of your natural tooth using a solution that can last for a lifetime.
Dental Implant FAQs
Getting dental implants is a life changing decision, which is why many patients have questions about the treatment. During an initial consultation, we will go over the step-by-step process of getting dental implants to give you confidence and peace of mind. However, we’ve also included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Stuart below. Read on to satisfy your curiosity.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Many people learn that implants require surgery and automatically think that they hurt. However, your mouth will be numbed with local anesthetic before the procedure begins to keep you comfortable. We also offer sedation dentistry to give you a greater sense of relaxation. Plus, your jawbone doesn’t contain many pain-sensing nerves, making the procedure much more painless than you would have guessed. While the surgery won’t hurt, you will experience some discomfort in the form of soreness after your treatment. This will get better with pain medication and the use of a cold compress but contact our office if your pain worsens after 2 to 3 days.
What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?
Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate of 95% even after 10 years. However, there is still a chance that they can fail. The main two reasons for this are peri-implantitis and osseointegration failure. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease that can damage the bone and gums supporting your implant – it’s typically caused by poor dental health. In some cases, the implant my fail to integrate with your jaw due to low bone density. Your implants may also fail because of chronic teeth grinding, tobacco use, certain medications, poor oral health, and more.
Am I Too Young to Get Dental Implants?
While there is no upper age limit, there is such a thing as being too young for implants. Most people’s jaws won’t be fully developed until young adulthood, which is why our implant dentist in Stuart doesn’t recommend this treatment for patients under 18. It’s possible for your jaw not to be fully grown until your mid-20s. If implants are placed too soon, there is a chance that they affect the growth and health of your jaw. Additionally, men’s jaws take longer to develop compared to women.
Will I Have to Take Off Work for Dental Implant Surgery?
Most patients will need to take at least one, maybe two, days off work for implant surgery. Every case is different, which is why we will provide you with a recommendation based on your specific needs. If your job is physically demanding, it’s a good idea to take 3 days off to give yourself some time to rest – heavy exercise can divert blood flow from the affected area, negatively impacting the healing process. Some patients schedule their implant treatment on a Friday to give themselves the weekend to relax and recover.