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.