Dental Implants - Ormond Beach, FL
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth?
Here in Ormond Beach, FL, we’re happy to offer several tooth replacement solutions so that patients can select the one that best fits their personal goals, lifestyle, and overall budget. However, our doctor are likely to recommend dental implants as the ideal solution available, and it’s not hard to understand why. Implants are designed to replicate the entire shape of your natural tooth, creating results that are impressively durable and lifelike. They can help you regain not just a complete, functioning smile, but also the quality of life you deserve. Contact Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your first consultation with our experienced doctors and team members, or if you have any questions we can help you with.
Benefits of Dental Implants
It’s possible to preserve natural teeth for longer than ever; however, tooth loss is still a common problem. No matter if you’ve only lost a single tooth or an entire arch, you can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your smile using dental implants. A dental implant is unlike any other treatment because it recreates the entire tooth from the root up. As a result, you’ll advantage from 5 amazing benefits not possible using any other solution.
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1. Reliable & Predictable Results
A dental implant is the most successful treatment for tooth loss. In fact, it has over a 95% 10-year success rate with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. With a commitment to your dental hygiene, you can ensure your new smile lasts for a lifetime.
2. Preserves Jawbone
When even a single tooth is missing, your jawbone will slowly deteriorate because it isn’t being stimulated by the root. Over time, your remaining teeth won’t have the support they need, increasing your risk of several issues, like additional tooth loss. A dental implant is the only option to duplicate the root. A titanium post is inserted into the jaw, stimulating new bone growth to protect your smile from any additional complications.
3. Feels Natural
Your jawbone fuses to the titanium post through a process called osseointegration. After you’ve fully healed, your jaw will provide a secure foundation for your restoration. It will closely feel real, so you can enjoy your favorite foods again. You can regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force to maintain a nutritious diet to reach optimal wellness.
4. Easy Maintenance & Care
You don’t need to adjust your day to plan for a lengthy oral hygiene schedule. You’ll care for dental implants just as you do your natural teeth. You don’t need any expensive cleaning solutions or a complicated routine. Instead, brush your teeth and dental implants at least twice a day and floss every night. Pay extra attention when cleaning around the abutments and posts to remove any lingering food particles or plaque. Some patients find a waterflosser more effective at cleaning the hard to reach places, like around the posts.
5. Cost-Effective Option
You’ll initially pay more for dental implants than traditional treatments; however, they are the most cost-effective long-term. With the potential to last for decades, you’ll never need to worry about paying to have them replaced to save money down the road. Not to mention, they will improve your oral health to reduce your overall dental expenses. You’ll lessen the risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss for an investment in your oral health.
Choose a Successful Solution
If you’re ready to permanently replace your missing teeth, it’s time to discover the benefits of dental implants for yourself. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We’ll examine your smile to create the personalized treatment plan you need.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The amazing success behind dental implants is actually pretty simple. These small, metal posts are inserted into the jawbone in order to replace your missing tooth root. Traditional services don’t bother with replacing the tooth root, only the white crown that everyone sees. But without a functioning tooth root in place, the bone tissue will fall victim to gradual deterioration, and your oral health and facial appearance can suffer as a result. By providing a comprehensive replacement that perfectly mimics the root’s original function, patients can remain healthier in the long run.
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Learn About the Process in More Detail
While dental implants may sound like a complicated process, it’s actually quite simple once you’ve had it explained to you. One of the key differences is the presence of a titanium post that integrates with your jaw, which then becomes strong enough to hold a dedicated restoration. No matter how many questions you have about the implants, surgery, or restoration, we’ll make sure that you understand every phase of care clearly. We want you feeling as confident about your treatment as we are!
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
At your very first appointment, our office will need to perform a detailed examination of your mouth and current oral health condition. With the help of our advanced technology, we’ll be able to learn a lot about your jaw, bone health, gum health, and other aspects regarding your eligibility to receive dental implants. This includes technology like our in-house CT cone beam scanner, which utilizes 3D imaging to create comprehensive representations of your unique smile and facial structures. Following all necessary scans, we’ll know for sure if dental implants are right for you.
Dental Implant Surgery
In order to stay in place for decades at a time, dental implants need to have a stable foundation inside the jawbone. During your surgery, we numb your mouth, administer any sedation if requested, then create a small hole inside your jaw for the implant to be attached. After closing the gum tissue over the implant, we’ll need to wait for the implant to begin adhering with your natural bone tissue. Our office always makes sure to complete comprehensive treatment planning ahead of time in order to make your care as predictable as possible. When surgery is complete, you’ll speak with our team to get advice on managing your oral health until your follow-up appointment.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
The process in which the biocompatible titanium post integrates with your existing bone tissue is known as osseointegration. While this process ensures the implant remains stable for decades to come, it does require between four and six months to complete. Somewhere down the line, we’ll be able to place an abutment over the visible portion of your implant. This portion provides a foundation for your permanent restoration. Once attached, a few more weeks of healing are needed before the restoration is placed. This is the case whether you’re receiving a crown, bridge, or denture.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
Once both your gum and bone tissue have completely healed, we can confidently attach the restoration directly to the implants. Your restorations are not only made from lifelike materials to ensure your smile looks natural-looking from top-to-bottom, but they are fully personalized to make your bite completely even. When you receive your permanent restoration, we’ll also go over the best practices to maintain at home to ensure your new smile lasts for several decades as intended.
What Happens During The Dental Implant Process?
While every patient’s personal treatment plan will be unique in its own way, dental implants are typically completed in two phases. First, we’ll plan out the actual surgical placement of the implant(s) into the gum tissue and jawbone. Once this procedure is completed and the implants are in place, a process that’s known as osseointegration begins, during which the natural tissue gradually forms over the implant and creates a sturdy foundation. When the surgical sites have fully healed, all that’s left is to attach a restorative crown or prosthetic over the placed implants(s). At Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re proud to be able to offer every step of the treatment in-house for maximum patient convenience.
What Types of Restorations Can Attach to Implants?
Our recommendation for your new, personalized restoration will depend on the extent of your tooth loss and your personal preferences. Possible options include:
- Dental crowns can restore individual implants/teeth effectively without sacrificing any of the healthy natural structure that surrounds it.
- Implant-retained bridges and partial dentures can restore multiple consecutive or non-consecutive teeth along a single arch. Instead of having to sacrifice the health of nearby teeth to support the prosthetics, our doctor can anchor them to strategically-placed implants for excellent support.
- Implant-retained full dentures combine a customized base with an entire arch of replacement teeth. We can anchor your new prosthetic to anywhere from four to six placed implants for reliable, cost-effective coverage.
In addition to fixed (permanent) implant-retained prosthetics, patients can also select partial or full “overdentures” that are removable for convenient cleaning and storage.
In addition to traditional implant treatment, our practice also offers Hybridge care for patients who have lost all of their teeth and are in need of a fast, reliable replacement that can be completed in as little as one appointment.
Why Should I See a Prosthodontist?
As the only prosthodontist in the Ormond Beach area, Dr. Andrew Nawrocki specializes in replacing missing teeth, and he can design a variety of custom-made prosthetics to restore your dental implants and help you smile again with full confidence. If you’re ready to start pursuing new, quality teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for a more accurate, predictable, and efficient experience from beginning to end.
Dental Implant FAQs
You want to learn more about dental implants because you understand the important investment you’re making in your smile. That’s great! At Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your decision to pursue this type of treatment, which is why we’ve compiled a list of dental implant FAQs in Ormond Beach for you to review. We hope these answers will offer clarity and reassurance of knowing you’re making the right decision to improve your smile and oral health with dental implants.
Are dental implants safe?
When it comes to the actual procedure and materials used, yes, dental implants are completely safe. Years of research and experimentation has shown that dental implants are one of the safest and most effective methods of restorative treatment. It is important to note that there are instances where a dental implant can fail, including smoking, lack of bone density, or a weakened immune system caused by health-related conditions and diseases. It’s important that you talk with our team about your medical history before moving forward with implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
There are many factors that contribute to the overall cost of dental implant placement, some of which include:
- The number of implants placed
- Materials used
- Type of restoration
During your initial visit with the dentist, you will receive a complete estimate that explains the breakdown of the implant process and how much each aspect will cost.
Can dental implants fail?
Unfortunately, yes, dental implants can fail, but you should know it is extremely rare. This type of tooth replacement has a high success rate, which makes it highly unlikely that your dental implants will fail. However, if they do, the following reasons could be why:
- Tobacco use or smoking
- Incorrect positioning and placement of the implant(s)
- Infection in the oral bone and/or soft tissue
- Autoimmune disorders and a weakened immune system
- Deteriorating bone structure
Are there any risks associated with surgery?
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, and just like any other, there are risks associated with it. Fortunately, the risk is very low, and by having a highly skilled and trained dental professional performing the procedure, the chances of problems developing during or after the surgery lessen. It should also make it more reassuring to know that if a problem were to occur, they will know how to address it promptly.
After your procedure, it is common to have some discomfort or pain, but a pain medication or antibiotics will help with your recovery. If an infection were to develop, it is important that we are alerted as soon as possible, so Dr. Nawrocki can address it immediately.
Does it hurt to receive dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to feel like a natural tooth. You won’t have the nerves like a real tooth, but it is geared to function as if the tooth was never missing in the first place. To have them placed, you will receive local anesthesia, keeping you comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Once you are sent home to heal, you can expect some discomfort and/or pain. If necessary, Dr. Nawrocki can prescribe pain medication or antibiotics (or both!) to assist in making your recovery time and more pleasant experience.