Tooth loss can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Dental implants can restore that confidence by enhancing your functionality and overall oral health. Choose the longest-lasting, most secure tooth replacement option and start smiling again. Call today to schedule an appointment at your dentist in Wesley Chapel, FL.
Dental implants are very common with over 3 million Americans having at least one implant.
At your consultation, your dentist will determine if dental implants are right for you. Your doctor will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and determine if your jaw is strong and healthy enough to support one or more dental implants. You and your Wesley Chapel dentist can also explore other restorative dentistry options at this time.
After you’ve been approved for treatment, your dentist will create a surgical plan for your dental implant, and schedule your oral surgery appointment. At this appointment, your dentist will create a small opening in your gum tissue, place a dental implant secure in the jaw, then clean the area and suture it shut to encourage proper healing.
Once your implant has been placed, healing will begin. It takes 1-2 weeks to heal completely from surgery, but it will take between 3-6 months for your dental implant to bond permanently with your jaw bone in a process called “osseointegration”.
You’ll come back to our office for a few follow-up appointments as your mouth heals from surgery. During those appointments, your dentist will ensure you’re healing properly, and take impressions of your implant and teeth. These impressions are sent to a lab, where your prosthetic, a dental crown or arch of teeth, will be made.
Once your prosthetic is finished and your mouth has completely healed, you’ll come back for a final appointment at our office. At this appointment, your dentist will permanently bond your restoration to your dental implant, completing the procedure.
Dental implants do not require a lot of special care. To keep your mouth healthy, simply make sure you brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam.
Single-tooth implants are the most frequently-used type of dental implant, and they have two main parts. The dental implant, or post, is a screw-shaped rod of titanium. The restoration for a single implant is usually a dental crown.
For the placement of a single dental implant, the post is permanently placed into your gum and jaw and allowed to heal. During healing, a dental crown is manufactured and will eventually be attached to the post with an “abutment.” This dental crown restores the shape, appearance, and function of your natural tooth. Single-tooth implants are extremely durable and long lasting, and they never move or shift, unlike a partial denture.
Full-arch implants are a good option if you are missing all or most of your natural teeth, and are interested in a more secure, long-lasting alternative to traditional dentures. They use a series of 4-6 dental implants per arch, which are strategically placed across the arch of your mouth.
These dental implants, or posts, function as artificial roots and allow for the attachment of a set of removable implant-supported overdentures or permanent fixed dental bridges to restore your smile. Compared to dentures, full-arch implants look and feel much more natural, and will never shift or move when you eat or speak.
Full-arch implants with snap-in dentures are a great alternative to traditional dentures. Traditional dentures fit over your gums and are held in place by friction and denture adhesive. In contrast, snap-in dentures snap onto a series of 4-6 dental implants in the upper, lower, or both arches of your mouth.
Snap-in dentures are removable, so it’s easy to clean your dentures, your implants, and your mouth. But while they're attached to your implants, they stay in place and will not move or shift while you eat, chew, or speak. They are more comfortable than traditional dentures, and ensure you can eat your favorite foods and smile proudly once again after tooth loss.
Full-arch implants also help keep your jaw healthy. They support and strengthen your jaw bone, and prevent bone resorption after tooth loss. They can easily last 30+ years, too. So while they're more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they are a great long-term investment in your oral health and your overall health.
About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.
A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your Wesley Chapel dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.
There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.
Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.
However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.
It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.
You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.
Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.
When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.
Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.
As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.
There are 3 components of a single-tooth implant - the titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. The biocompatible titanium post is a screw-like component that is implanted into the jaw through the first oral surgery.
After the osseointegration process, we will then attach an abutment which is the component that connects the implant to the crown. This requires a second oral surgery. Finally, the dental crown completes the restoration, as it is attached to the abutment and looks just like a natural tooth.
Consultation - The process begins with a consultation so we can assess your teeth to ensure you’re in good oral health and take x-rays to determine if you have sufficient jaw bone to support the implant.
Many patients have some degree of bone loss and that’s okay, you may just need a bone grafting procedure before we can place dental implants. This involves transferring bone tissue from somewhere else in the body, usually the hip, and placing it in the jaw to replace missing bone and generate new bone tissue.
Implant & Osseointegration - We will administer a local anesthetic before making an incision into your gums to reveal your jawbone. The titanium post is implanted into the jawbone and we will stitch up your gums.
This oral surgery will take a few days to 2 weeks to heal from but it will take 3-6 months for the osseointegration process to be complete. This is when the jawbone grows around the implant and they fuse, forming a synthetic tooth root.
You will have routine follow-ups to check on your healing and the osseointegration. This is the most important part of the implantation process, as improper osseointegration increases implant failure.
Abutment - Once the implant has fused with your jawbone, we will reopen your gums to attach the abutment and suture your gums. It will take up to 2 weeks to heal from this second surgery.
Restoration - We would have taken impressions of your teeth earlier in the process and sent these to an outside dental lab that creates your dental crown. After your gums have healed, we can place your dental crown and you’ll be able to use your new tooth.
The process begins with an oral exam and x-rays to create a 3D model of your mouth. We’ll administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth before we place four titanium implants into your jawbone.
Two will be placed at the front of the jaw in a normal straight position, while the two implants in the rear of the jaw will be placed at a 45-degree angle. This positioning is what enables the implants to support an entire arch of teeth with so few implants. This will take about 2.5 hours.
From here, it will take a few months for osseointegration to be complete. In the meantime, we will place an immediate temporary denture until your official restoration is ready and you’re fully healed.
Once osseointegration has been complete, we’ll remove the temporary denture and place your official restoration in the form of a denture or dental bridge. We may ask you to return for follow-up appointments.
Full arch implants combine the best aspects of dentures/dental bridges and implants. A dental implant is a superior tooth replacement because it’s the only restoration that can preserve the jaw bone and hold the teeth securely in place to prevent shifting.
They’re also low maintenance and can last for a lifetime. However, we can’t replace all of your teeth with individual implants, because it would take way too long and cost too much. This is where the full arch prosthetics come in.
You can replace all of your teeth, enjoy natural-looking aesthetics, and don’t have to worry about embarrassing moving teeth when you eat or speak. It only requires a few implants in the jaw to support an entire arch of teeth.
At BayBreeze Dental, our mission is to provide top-notch dental care at reasonable prices. We believe in transparency, which is why we offer flat-rate treatment for single tooth implants. Each implant costs $4,499. This price is all-inclusive, so you won’t pay extra for consultations, surgeries, or any other unexpected fees.
If you’re interested in our flat-rate single-tooth implants, the first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Parikh. Contact us now to schedule online, and see if you’re a good candidate for treatment. Dr. Parikh will perform an oral exam, take x-rays, and ensure that dental implants are right for you.
If you’re approved, you can get started right away. Dr. Parikh will give you more information about the treatment process, and you can schedule your follow-ups right away. We want to make it easy for patients in Wesley Chapel to get permanent tooth replacement with dental implants, so we simplify every step of the process.
We understand that dental implants can be expensive. Despite being the best long-term solution for missing teeth, most dental insurance policies still don’t cover dental implants. That means most patients are left paying out of pocket for their implants.
However, dental implants are a worthwhile investment. They protect your oral health, last a lifetime with proper care, and leave you with a natural and beautiful smile. So at BayBreeze Dental, we’re here to help with our financing options for dental implants.
We offer third-party financing with both CareCredit and Varidi, two leading providers of healthcare financing. With CareCredit or Varidi, you can split your treatment into monthly payments, and get the care you need without worrying about overspending.
If you’d like to apply or learn more, just let our team know once you come in for your appointment with Dr. Parikh. We can provide you with more information, and give you all the details you need to see if you qualify for dental implant financing.
Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.