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Dental Implants

IN JACKSONVILLE, FL

LIMITED TIME

$2,995 Single Dental Implant

Implant + Abutment +Crown + Consultation

Implant special can not be used in conjunction with dental insurance. Additional Implants or other implant services are subject to regular fees. Discount will not be given for Extractions and/or Bone Grafting. Offer does not apply to ANY existing implants already underway. (ADA Codes: D6010, D6056, D6058)

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- DR. ANDREW ZERBINOPOULOS

DENTAL IMPLANT

It is very important to replace missing teeth. The ill-effects of not doing so can be a shift in remaining teeth, an inability to bite and chew properly, as well as a sagging facial appearance, which makes one appear older than they are.

Anatomy of an Implant

While many patients have heard about dental implants, they don’t truly know what they are. If you are considering a dental implant, it is important to know all aspects of a dental implant. 

  • Post: The post is a small piece of titanium, similar to a screw. Titanium is used for this part because it is naturally compatible with your body and the body is likely to accept the implant. The post is not visible after the completion of the implant. 

  • Abutment: The abutment is attached to the post and can be visible before the placement of the implant or restoration. The abutment is used to attach the tooth restoration to the post and keep it securely in place.

  • Restoration: The tooth restoration is the piece of the implant that looks like your natural tooth. The composition of your restoration will depend largely on the position in your mouth and the type of tooth that it is replacing. Porcelain restorations are most often the material recommended because it offers a strong surface that also closely mimics natural teeth. 

 

Benefits of Implants

 

We often recommend dental implants as the best replacement option for failed teeth as they provide the best benefits, including:

  • Enhance Appearance - they fill in gaps where teeth are missing for a new, complete and more attractive look.

  • Boost Self-Confidence - missing teeth can cause you to feel embarrassed and dental implants help restore your confidence.

  • Improved Speech - missing teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly; however, dental implants improve your ability to articulate clearly and communicate more easily.

  • Permanent Solution - dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

  • Restored Chewing Function ­- teeth are essential for chewing, and it may be difficult or uncomfortable to eat certain foods when teeth are missing. Additionally, individuals who wear dentures must refrain from eating certain foods. Dental implants allowing you to enjoy all of the foods you love, again.

  • Natural-Looking Results - implant restorations are customized to fit your shape, color and style.

  • Improved Self-Perception - there is often a negative social stigma associated with missing teeth. Dental implants can undoubtedly change the way others perceive you.

  • Support - when a tooth is missing, the surrounding, natural teeth tend to shift, causing further problems with the functionality of your bite and smile.

  • Enhance Comfort - dental implants fuse with the jaw bone, simulating a natural tooth structure. You won't ever be aware of the implants. Plus, there is no shifting, moving or falling out as removable dentures tend to.

 

Types of Implants

 

Single Implant

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. Not only do they look and function like a natural tooth, but a dental implant also replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. This is the best tooth-replacement option. 

Hybrid Implant Denture

Hybrid Implant Dentures are very similar to Implant Retained Dentures with one significant difference, they are a permanent option. These dentures can only be removed by a dental professional. The process is also very similar, but will typically require more implants and possibly bone grafts, to ensure your jaw is strong enough to support the implant. If you’re looking for the best denture option, Hybrid Implant Dentures are just that.

Implant Retained Denture

Unlike conventional dentures, implant-retained dentures won’t move or slip, they are more comfortable and function just like natural teeth. There is no need for messy adhesive and you won’t experience any of the typical mouth irritations from traditional dentures, like mouth sores. The required maintenance on Implant Retained Dentures is easy, as you can remove them for quick cleaning.

This process is pretty straight forward, this includes the removal of any remaining teeth and placement of implants for the dentures to securely latch to. 

Implant Bridge

When multiple teeth are missing, implant-supported dental bridges may be the best option. The difference between traditional removable bridges and implant-supported bridges is that they do not rely on surrounding natural teeth for support.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Although dental implants are successful for the majority of individuals. This doesn’t make it the best course of treatment for everyone. For implants to be successful, the bone must heal around the post (osseointegration). If you don’t have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw, osseointegration may not be successful, this means the implant post isn’t secure. If we do not feel you have the proper bone structure that is required for Implants we may suggest an alternative treatment plan. 

Why are Implants Better than Dentures?

  • Dentures present difficulty eating, while they can restore a person’s ability to eat, hard or sticky food can still present a problem. Eating these foods could cause pain, may dislodge the dentures or can even risk breaking them.

  • Dentures can create difficulty speaking. Patients may also find their dentures click or whistle. 

  • Discomfort. Dentures can feel very strange and although patients may get used to them, the overall comfort and fit of this appliance can be an issue. This typically remains a problem as the gums and jawbone will continue to change shape over time, increasing the chance of your denture no longer fitting.

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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it painful to get dental implants?


With numbed nerves, you can expect not to feel any pain during your dental implant procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort. For patients who have anxiety with dental procedures, oral sedation is available.




Is a dental implant worth it?


So, is dental implant surgery worth all the trouble? Owing to their durability, appearance, and functionality, dental implants are probably the best option for missing teeth replacement, giving you a long-term option that can last for the rest of your life.




Does food get under dental implants?


Food collecting around teeth and implants is not uncommon. And unquestionably some areas collect more food than others; that has a lot to do with “local anatomy,” a fancy way of saying the local shape and position of the teeth relative to one another. The best way to know if this will be a problem for you is by talking to a memeber of our Point Meadows Dental team!




Can I get a dental implant years after extraction?


Whether or not you've stayed a long time after having your teeth extracted is not a reason not to undergo dental implants. The question is really, do you have enough dental bone for the implant to anchor to. So it doesn't matter the number of years you've spent; 3, 5, 10 or any number of years past, the first step is x-rays with our Point Meadows Dental team to understand what you have going on under the gums!




Do gums grow around implants?


Under ideal situations, a procedure called “gum contouring” around implant crown should be performed for every implant restoration. This procedure allows future gums around the implant crown to grow to size and shape similar to those gums around the natural teeth, thereby maximizing implant esthetics.




Can my body reject a dental implant?


Although it is unlikely that your dental implants will be rejected by your body, it is always good that you know the causes of dental implants failure. The most common causes why dental implants fail or get rejected by your body are allergies and genetics.




How often should dental implants be checked?


Once you are completely healed and have successfully adapted your oral hygiene regiment, most implants can be checked every six months with your bi-annual cleaning and check up. Of course, if any issues or concerns arise, contact your dentist to get advice on the best course of action.




Can you eat an apple with dental implants?


When you have dental implants, you can eat, chew, and talk just as you would with your natural teeth. Even eating foods like apples or corn on the cob will not dislodge or shift your new teeth.




What happens if you don't have enough bone for dental implants?


Your dentist will review an option of bone grafting with you.




What is the best toothpaste for dental implants?


Non-abrasive, tartar control toothpaste are best suited to care for the surface of the implant. Avoid toothpaste with baking soda, too much fluoride, and those designed for smokers.





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