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Dental Implants

IN JACKSONVILLE, FL

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We’re committed to giving you one more reason to smile!

- DR. ANDREW ZERBINOPOULOS

Dental Implants in Jacksonville, FL

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

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  • How can I keep my teeth and gums happy?
    Brushing your teeth twice a day, and using a fluoride toothpaste at least once. Flossing regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Visiting Point Meadows Dentistry routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning. Quitting smoking.
  • Is Periodontal Disease reversible?
    The disease is still reversible at this stage and can usually be eliminated by thorough brushing and flossing. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged beyond repair.
  • What are the stages of gum disease?
    Gingivitis: this is the earliest stage of gum disease, an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gumline. Periodontitis: This is your final warning to take your treatment seriously. The supporting bone and tissue that keeps your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged. Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline, which traps food and plaque causing more issues and possibly infections. Advanced Periodontitis: This is the final stage of gum disease, the tissue and bone supporting your teeth are permanently destroyed, which can cause your teeth to shift or loosen.
  • Can you get Gum Disease without any teeth?
    Yes, gum disease is an ailment of the gums, and is independent of the teeth.
  • Can your gums grow back?
    Gum tissue doesn't regenerate the way other types of tissue does. As a result, receding gums don't grow back.
  • Can teeth whitening be painful?
    When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is an effective and safe way to brighten your smile. The most common side effect of whitening is temporary tooth sensitivity. In extreme cases the sensitivity can last up to a few days. It’s important to consult your dentist, to make sure you are a candidate for teeth whitening and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
  • How long do Veneers last?
    Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years, depending on material. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.
  • Are Veneers covered under insurance?
    The cost of veneers is not typically covered by insurance. To be certain, check with your dental insurance company.
  • Are there alternatives to Veneers?
    Yes, bondings and crowns are alternative options. Veneers may be the best option for individuals who want to change the color and shape of their teeth more than just a little bit, but not enough to require a crown.
  • My teeth are sensitive, what other whitening options do I have?"
    To avoid a hypersensitive reaction, we may recommend take-home bleaching trays with a lower concentration of carbamide peroxide – which is not as potent as hydrogen peroxide.
  • Is teeth whitening permanent?
    In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. Like your teeth prior to the treatment, they will remain susceptible to stains. We will recommend you follow-up your treatment with a lower-percentage bleach in-home treatment that can be kept on the teeth for longer periods of time.
  • What is the difference between a cap and a dental crown?
    A crown is a prosthetic treatment for a broken or badly decayed tooth. A “cap” is an older term and is now commonly used to refer to dental crowns.
  • How long do conventional dentures last?
    The average life expectancy of a denture is seven to ten years. The denture itself is designed to last considerably longer than this, however the shape of your mouth/jawbone will change requiring new dentures.
  • How long does a dental crown last?
    On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits.
  • How do you know if your dental crown needs to be replaced?
    There are a few indicators that your crown needs to replaced, here are a few common reasons: Your dental crown is old. Dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years before seeing any damage. Wear and tear Pain or swelling around the tooth Receding gum line
  • My dental crown fell off, what do I do?"
    Simply, sometimes crowns fall off. Most often the reason is from the decay of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. If your crown comes off, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. Contact Point Meadows Dentistry immediately, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
  • How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
    Typically, six to eight weeks after the extractions. This allows sufficient time for the mouth to heal. We will re-examine your mouth to ensure enough time has passed prior to fitting your dentures.
  • Are dentures typically covered by Dental Insurance?
    Most complete coverage dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, typically up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered. Co-pays and regular deductibles still apply.
  • Can your gums grow back?
    Gum tissue doesn't regenerate the way other types of tissue does. As a result, receding gums don't grow back.
  • Why do my dentures keep falling out?
    The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place followed by bone loose.
  • What is the difference between a cap and a dental crown?
    A crown is a prosthetic treatment for a broken or badly decayed tooth. A “cap” is an older term and is now commonly used to refer to dental crowns.
  • How long do conventional dentures last?
    The average life expectancy of a denture is seven to ten years. The denture itself is designed to last considerably longer than this, however the shape of your mouth/jawbone will change requiring new dentures.
  • How long does a dental crown last?
    On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. This depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown takes, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal habits.
  • How do you know if your dental crown needs to be replaced?
    Your dental crown is old. Dental crowns can last for more than fifteen years before seeing any damage. Wear and tear Pain or swelling around the tooth Receding gum line
  • My dental crown fell off, what do I do?"
    Simply, sometimes crowns fall off. Most often the reason is from the decay of the underlying tooth or loosening of the cementing material used to place the crown. If your crown comes off, clean the crown and the front of the tooth. Contact Point Meadows Dentistry immediately, we will give you specific instructions on how to care for the tooth and crown for the day or so until you can be seen for an evaluation. We may be able to re-cement the crown in place; if not, a new crown will need to be made.
  • How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
    Typically, six to eight weeks after the extractions. This allows sufficient time for the mouth to heal. We will re-examine your mouth to ensure enough time has passed prior to fitting your dentures.
  • Are dentures typically covered by Dental Insurance?
    Most complete coverage dental insurance policies include some restorative coverage, typically up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered. Co-pays and regular deductibles still apply.
  • Why do my dentures keep falling out?
    The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place followed by bone loose.

Do you still have questions? Give us a call! 

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