Dental Implants – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Transform Your Smile
For many years, the only ways to replace missing teeth were dentures or bridges. Now, qualified dental professionals have the ability to perform implant procedures. Dr. Harth and Dr. Townsend are uniquely qualified to treat the residents of Ponte Vedra Beach and the surrounding communities with dental implants, having completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate education in the placement and restoration of implants. They have completed hundreds of cases for many satisfied patients. They have studied under some of the finest teachers in dentistry, including Carl Misch, Frank Spear, and Peter Dawson.
At Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry, we only use the finest dental implants, abutments, and crowns available. There are hundreds of different brands of implants available, a few of which are substantially better than the others. We only use implants from companies with a proven record of success over years of studies and analysis. We use one of the finest labs in America to fabricate our crowns, offering our patients the best in both esthetics and longevity.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed gently into bone to replace missing natural teeth. A crown can be placed on the implant and the result can be indistinguishable from natural healthy teeth. The implant also has biocompatibility, which means the implant and the patient’s natural bone will fuse together. It therefore has the ability to provide a strong foundation for a removable or fixed artificial tooth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants have a natural esthetic appearance
- Since they are fused with the bone, they are permanent, unlike dentures.
- Implants are fixed in the mouth so they do not inhibit proper speech, comfort, and eating abilities like dentures do.
- Dental implants will replace chewing function much more than dentures.
- Implants can act as support for dentures so the denture does not rock, slip, or move in the mouth.
- Patients’ self-esteem is much-improved with implants.
- With uncorrected missing teeth, the jawbone can shrink, which makes for an older appearance. A dental implant will provide the bone with the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and supple.
Indications for Dental Implants
Nearly everyone that is missing at least one tooth is a candidate for implants. The statistics show that in adults age 35 to 44, 69% have lost at least one permanent tooth. Accidents, gum disease, tooth decay, and congenital absence are all reasons why we lose our teeth. The main determining factor is the presence of available bone. Many patients who have been told previously that they were not candidates for dental implants may be candidates now. Our ability to replace missing bone has caught up with our ability to replace missing teeth. Age has been shown not to be a factor in the success of implants, so it is never too late. Your dentist can evaluate the possibilities for candidacy.
Implants are made of three basic parts. First, a titanium implant is placed into the bone and fuses with the jawbone itself. Attached to that an abutment will fit over the implant. This essentially connects the implant with the crown. The crown is the visible portion of the prosthesis. This simulates a healthy natural tooth.
Missing Single Tooth
For those missing one tooth, an implant supported dental crown will be recommended. A custom crafted, tooth-colored dental crown is attached to an implant post, recreating the root and crown of missing teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
To replace several consecutive missing teeth or numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, we’ll recommend an implant supported fixed bridge or partial denture. Like traditional bridges, implant bridges fill gaps in patients’ smiles left by consecutive lost teeth. A row of replacement teeth fused together are attached, on either side, to an implant post. A partial denture uses a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. The denture base is molded to fit snuggly between remaining teeth. Implant-retained partials are held in place using between two and four dental implant posts.
Missing all Your Teeth
To replace a full row of teeth, an implant supported denture will be recommended. These dentures, like partials, use a gum-colored base material to support a full row of missing teeth. Traditional full dentures are crafted to fit into place against the gums, and they are held in position through suction between the denture base and gum line. Implant dentures are held in place with four to six strategically positioned dental implant posts.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implant tooth replacement plans varies dramatically from case to case. We’ll need to review your unique oral health and condition of your smile before walking you through an individual tooth replacement plan, including pricing. Some of the variables that may impact the cost of your dental implant tooth replacement plan include:
- Need for preparatory tooth extractions or tissue grafts
- The number of implants and the material used to create them
- The number of abutment posts (attachment pieces) needed
- The type of dental restoration – crown, bridge, or denture
- The use of sedation dentistry to ensure comfort
In order to provide an accurate estimate for the out of pocket costs of dental implant tooth replacement, we’ll need to schedule a consultation appointment. Simply call our Ponte Vedra Beach dental team, and we’ll schedule your visit. In addition to providing an estimate for your unique tooth replacement plan, we’ll also evaluate your dental insurance coverage to help you make the most of any available benefits. While dental implant supported tooth replacement often comes with a higher price tag than other tooth replacement options, it’s important to keep in mind that this investment will last for decades compared with other restorations that need to be restored every five to ten years. The benefits of long lasting, natural looking, and flawlessly functioning implant supported replacement teeth will more than exceed their monetary value.
Dental Implant FAQs
Whether you’re preparing to have dental implants placed or you are still trying to decide if this method of tooth replacement is right for you, we understand you have many questions. At Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry, we want you to feel confident and comfortable about your dentistry decisions, which is why our team has compiled a list of dental implant FAQs in Ponte Vedra Beach. If you still have concerns or questions about dental implants or any other service we offer, we invite you to contact us.
How Do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
There are two factors that can quickly determine if dental implants are right for you: bone strength and oral health. First, if your bone is weak or deteriorating, this will signal our team that you either need a bone graft or another form of tooth replacement treatment. A strong jawbone must be able to hold up the implant and its custom restoration. If Dr. Harth or Dr. Townsend believe you could benefit from a bone graft, you can expect your timeline for a new and improved smile to take a bit longer, but it’s absolutely necessary if you want a stable, permanent smile.
If it’s not your jawbone that is the problem but your oral health, there are steps you’ll need to take to address the problem before you receive your dental implants. If you have gum disease or tooth decay, it will be imperative that you have the necessary procedures to eliminate these issues. Otherwise, it could negatively impact your implant after it has been placed.
Can a Dental Implant Fail?
Yes, it can, but you should know it is incredibly rare for this to happen. Dental implant placement has an extremely high success rate ranging in the 95-98% range. Very seldom does a dental implant fail yet, when it does, it is typically the result of one of the following:
- A Weak Immune System – Patients with an autoimmune disorder, who smoke, or who have other serious health conditions such as diabetes may have a much harder time healing. The reason this is so important is that your body must undergo what is known as osseointegration, which is the fusing of the implant to the bone. When this cannot occur because of any of the problems listed above, the implant site will not heal and ultimately, will fail.
- Poorly Placed Implant - Harth and Dr. Townsend are both skilled and highly trained in placing and restoring dental implants, so this is one factor you won’t need to worry about. However, some dentists do not have the proper training, which means, if an implant is improperly placed, it can mean failure for your new smile.
Does it Hurt to Have Dental Implants Placed?
After your surgery is complete, you can expect some soreness and tenderness around the implant; however, this is completely normal. The actual process of having implants placed will not hurt in any way. This is because our team of dentists will administer anesthesia prior to beginning the surgery. This will make you comfortable and put you at ease, allowing you to feel no pain during the procedure.
Can I Switch to Dental Implants?
Plenty of individuals with traditional dentures have made the switch to implant-retained dentures. After discovering the benefits of a tooth replacement solution that is permanent and offers greater stability, many patients are pleased with their new prosthetics. To determine if you are a good candidate for implant-retained dentures, Dr. Harth or Dr. Townsend will need to evaluate the status of your jawbone and overall oral health. If too much time has passed, and your jawbone has deteriorated, it will be necessary to undergo a bone graft to provide the extra support your jawbone needs. No matter if you need additional dental work or not, making the transition to implant-retained dentures is a real possibility for most patients.