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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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Here at Advanced Dental Care, we do everything possible to support your goals for a healthier smile. No matter where you are with your dental health, our priority is to get your smile healthy and then take steps to keep it that way.

We encourage you to be an active part of this process, and that includes asking questions. Our goal is to ensure that you receive personalized dentistry that fits all your needs. When you ask questions, no matter how large or small, you help us understand what is important to you and how we can help.

We’ve shared below some of the questions we hear most frequently at our office. But you may have others that aren’t answered here, so please don’t hesitate to call us or reach out to us using our convenient online contact form.

Dental Implants

While we always advocate for saving teeth, there are instances where that is not possible. In these cases dental implants are the next best thing to having your natural tooth. A dental implant acts like a regular tooth. It preserves the bone in the jaw benefitting the structure of your face. Dental implants also help with chewing, prevent teeth drifting, and will help to create a healthy smile.

Most dental implants are successful. In rare events the bone may fail to fuse around the implant and it may need to be removed. Smoking may also contribute to implant failure. If you take time to care for your teeth, avoid damaging habits, and have regular dental cleanings most dental implants will last a lifetime.

Having a dental implant placed is no different than any other dental procedure. Your gums will be numbed with local anesthesia. Typically implant patients do not report feeling anything during the procedure and post-operatively report very little to no discomfort.

This all depends on the situation. In certain situations a bridge may make more sense. For example, if teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth have decay, need crowns, have compromised bone, or if finances are an issue than a dental bridge would most likely be the better solution. If the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are free from decay and existing restorations and there is adequate bone than a dental implant would typically be the most advisable course of treatment.

 

Tooth loss can be devastating to your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health. At Advanced Dental Care, we urge our patients to consider replacement immediately after the loss of a tooth. The gap in your smile isn’t just unsightly; it also gives adjacent teeth room to shift out of place, resulting in tooth misalignment that may require orthodontic treatment to correct.

There are several options for tooth replacement, but dental implants are the preferred method because they offer so many benefits. Unlike removable dentures or partials that sit on top of your gums, an implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. As the site heals, the implant fuses itself securely to surrounding bone and tissue.

This process creates stability and permanence that no other type of tooth replacement offers. After healing is complete, we restore function and appearance with a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your specific needs.

If you are interested in learning if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call our Winter Springs, FL dental office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Young so he can evaluate your needs and recommend appropriate options. 

There are different benefits and advantages to each so it really depends on what is important to you. A partial is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is cemented in permanently. While a bridge is more expensive than a partial, it functions more like natural teeth since it is cemented in place.

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a dental implant. For example, you may need procedures before the implant such as a bone graft or sinus lift. Once the implant site is ready to go, the cost can range from $2,500 and up. This includes the implant, abutment, and crown. Since each situation is unique, we offer a complimentary dental implant evaluation. At that appointment we will go over the fees and details pertaining directly to you.

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