Dental Implants – Bonita Springs, Florida
Natural-Looking & Feeling Replacement Teeth
In the past, replacement teeth only restored the portion of the smile visible above the gum line. While these restorations complete the appearance of smiles and restore some of patients’ ability to chew and speak clearly, they do not replace the root system. Tooth roots not only provide an anchor for teeth, but they also preserve jawbone density and gum tissue volume. Dental implants are the only solution that replaces the entire tooth roots and crowns. If you’re interested in finding out more, please call Pelican Landing Dental to schedule a consultation appointment in our Bonita Springs dental office today.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because of the necessary investment to complete the dental implant tooth replacement process, many patients hesitate to move forward with this treatment option. However, we find that the many benefits of dental implant supported tooth replacement options are well worth the necessary investment. Some of the many benefits of dental implant supported tooth replacement include:
- Replace the lost tooth roots, so your replacement tooth doesn’t need to rely on other surrounding teeth, gums, or bone structure for support. Instead, the self-supporting restorations function just like your healthy smile.
- Once in place, your implant supported replacement tooth will last for two decades or longer. Traditional dental bridges and dentures need to be replaced or repaired frequently, usually every five to ten years, to ensure proper function.
- Many people worry about the success of dental implants, but these long-lasting treatments have a 95% or higher success rate even after 20 years.
- For the more advance partial and full denture restorations, the dental implant posts create dramatically improved stability, allowing you to consume a wider variety of foods.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implant supported tooth replacement is completed over two phases of treatment. The initial phase is the surgical placement of dental implant posts into the jawbone. The procedure itself is actually fairly simple. An incision is made in the soft tissue, and the high-quality titanium implant post is positioned in the bone. A protective cap is placed over the implant site to protect the post and shape the gum tissue in preparation for the connection of the replacement tooth.
Following implant placement, patients need to wait two to five months before receiving their replacement teeth. During this time, a process known as osseointegration occurs. This is the fusion between the implant post, and the jawbone that allows the dental implant to mimic the natural function of tooth roots. Once your implant has fused with the bone, it’s time for you to return to our office where we will attach your custom crafted dental restorations.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to support any number of replacement teeth from a single tooth to a full row. In most cases, we offer one of the following treatment options:
Missing Single Tooth
For those patients who are missing one tooth or several consecutive teeth, we will create a dental crown or fixed bridge. A single implant can be used to support one dental crown replacement tooth, and in some cases, the single implant post is able to support two crowns fused together to replace two consecutive teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Patients missing three or four consecutive teeth will need to have two implant posts placed. The posts will attach to either end of a fixed bridge. If you’re missing more than four consecutive teeth or nonconsecutive teeth, you may want to consider a more advanced partial denture tooth replacement prosthetic. Implant-retained partial dentures are supported by two to four dental implants, and they flawlessly fill in the gaps in patients’ smiles.
Missing All Your Teeth
We can also craft full dentures that work in much the same way as their traditional counterparts. However, rather than creating suction between the gums and denture to provide support, an implant-retained denture is attached to several, precisely placed implant posts. Typically, an implant denture can be adequately supported with four to six implant posts.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Each patient’s dental implant tooth replacement plan is different. During your tooth replacement consultation, our team will review your treatment options and discuss the costs of each part of the process. Some of the factors to keep in mind include the following:
- Number of missing teeth – the number and location of missing teeth will determine how many implants are needed and the type of restoration (crown, bridge, denture) all of which will cause fluctuation in treatment costs.
- Materials used – the materials used for the implants, abutments (attachment pieces), and the restorations all impact pricing.
- Need for preparatory services – we may need to extract damaged teeth, place tissue grafts, or perform other preparatory services that will increase the cost of care.
- Use of dental sedation – use of dental sedation to ensure comfort and safety during implant placement and other parts of the process may also increase pricing.
- Availability of dental insurance – for the most part, dental insurers do not offer coverage for the cost of dental implant posts or their placement. However, other aspects of care are covered, and we’ll do our utmost to maximize all available benefits.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you have questions about your upcoming dental implant procedure? Maybe you’re still contemplating whether to have them put in or go with an alternative solution. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, our team of professionals is here to offer clarification and address any concerns you might have. To help you feel more confident about your choice, we’ve compiled a list of dental implant FAQs in Bonita Springs for you to review. Should you have any additional questions, we encourage you to call our office.
Am I restricted to certain types of food with dental implants?
One of the great benefits of dental implants is that there are no food restrictions with this type of restoration. Since they look, feel, and act just like regular teeth, you can freely eat, chew, and speak without worry about them falling out or slipping. One important thing to remember is that they can break if you eat hard, crunchy foods, just like a regular, healthy tooth can, so it’s best to avoid these types of foods if possible.
Will it hurt to have them put in?
Having dental implants surgically placed does require that you be placed under anesthesia; however, this will eliminate any pain or discomfort throughout your procedure. After your implants have been put into place, you will likely experience some soreness, which is why it is important to take any medications or pain relievers as instructed. Once you have fully recovered from your procedure, your dental implants will feel completely normal, and you should experience no discomfort.
Will I need a bone graft or sinus lift?
Only if our team believes you have insufficient bone density to support a dental implant will you need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift. These two procedures make it possible for individuals without enough bone strength to eventually receive dental implants. The jawbone is important to the process, as it will serve as a stable foundation for your implants. Should you be required to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift, it will take several months to heal before you can begin the process of receiving your implants.
How do I care for my dental implants?
If you are unaware of all the great benefits offered by dental implants, you’ll be pleased to know that they are low maintenance, which means, there’s very little you need to do to keep them clean. Maintaining your implants requires brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing in between your teeth, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash. The upkeep is the same as your regular oral hygiene routine. You’ll also need to keep your regularly scheduled six-month dental checkups and cleanings to allow our team to check your restorations for any possible damage or problems.