Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to gum disease, tooth decay, an accident, or a failed root canal. By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. While there are several restorative options for tooth replacement, none has proven to be as functionally effective and durable as dental implants. In many cases, they may be the only logical choice for the restoration of functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a three-part tooth restoration option that consists of a medical-grade titanium post that fuses with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, an abutment piece that connects the prosthetic tooth to the implant, and the custom-made prosthetic tooth (crown). This three-part design ensures that the replacement tooth is extremely stable for years to come and looks and functions like a natural tooth. In addition, dental implants never decay and do not harm or cause decay in the neighboring teeth. Because they fuse with the jaw bone, bone loss due to tooth loss is no longer a problem. In some cases, dental implants can also be used to attach permanent fixed bridges or dentures to replace missing teeth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of teeth.
The three parts of a dental implant are
- The titanium post. Dental implants use a medical-grade titanium post that is surgically inserted into the bone beneath the gums to provide a permanent replacement root on which to place your new crown.
- The prosthetic crown. The crown is fabricated by your restorative dentist to look just like a natural tooth and blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Crowns are usually made of durable porcelain.
- The abutment. This piece connects your custom crown to the post for completely secure tooth restoration.
Dental implants have been in use by patients for more than 20 years, and most of the implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Patients with dental implants find that their tooth restoration has many benefits not offered by other forms of dental restoration. If you are considering alternative options such as removable partial dentures, fixed bridges, or full-arch dentures, you should explore dental implants for a more permanent, lifelike, and healthy solution for missing or problem teeth.
Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement solution for many reasons, including
- Increased stability. Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, dental implants are permanently fused with the bone in your jaw — just like the root of a natural tooth. There are no inconvenient and unsightly removable parts, and there is no slipping.
- Better oral health. With dental implants, the jaw bone fuses with the implant, any future bone deterioration from occurring within the jaw due to missing tooth roots or advanced periodontal disease (gum disease). Unlike tooth supported bridges, dental implants do not require any of the healthy neighboring teeth to be ground down or damaged to carry the burden of the replacement teeth.
- The ability to eat whatever you like. With traditional tooth loss solutions such as removable dentures, eating can be uncomfortable and awkward. Dental implants function like healthy natural teeth. Many patients forget that they have an implant!
- A beautiful new smile. Because dental implants are a true tooth replacement — root and all — they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Patients who choose dental implants can face the world with renewed confidence and enjoy the many benefits of a beautiful smile.
If you live in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area and are looking for a healthy, attractive, and permanent option to replace your missing or failing teeth, contact Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hernandez.
Dental Implants in Fort Lauderdale, FL
As an oral and facial surgeon, Dr. Hernandez has placed hundreds of dental implants and is happy to discuss your options for tooth replacement at our practice, Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. During your consultation appointment, he will assess your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant placement. We work closely with every patient to develop a treatment plan which fully restores oral function and a beautiful smile.
Dental Implant Cost
Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery makes every effort to provide you with the finest surgical care and the most convenient financial options. We have options for financing and accept many different methods of payment. Discussions of financial issues early in your treatment process will prevent most concerns and stress relating to payment for the service you will receive. We are happy to work with you to verify insurance coverage and assist you with alternative payment options.
Dental implants add a significant amount of value to the lives of our patients. Not only can implants last a lifetime, but they help to preserve your oral health and prevent problems that might require costly dental treatments in the future such as dental shifting and bone loss. Dental implants also allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently, improving your quality of life — a truly priceless benefit.
Determining the cost of your dental implant procedure relies on several factors including
- The severity of your condition
- Expected length of treatment
- Number of teeth requiring replacement
- If you will require bone grafting to prepare the mouth for successful placement
- Your insurance coverage
There is no such thing as a bargain implant — be cautious of such claims. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts at dental implant placement and are the best-qualified providers to perform a thorough exam and accurately estimate the price for dental implant placement.
Dental Implant Cost in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dr. Hernandez is a trusted expert at dental implant placement, the preferred solution for replacing missing teeth. If you are interested in learning more about this option for tooth restoration, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our office with Dr. Hernandez. After a thorough oral examination, we will be able to give you an estimate of the price of your treatment.
Dental Implant Procedure
Each of our patients is different, and your treatment plan will be unique to you and your condition; however, the general process of receiving dental implants at our practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is well-established. Your oral surgeon and your dentist will work as a team to place your dental implants and complete the final restoration. The process will typically involve two or three visits to the office over a few weeks or months.
The entire process will usually be similar to the following:
- Consultation. Dr. Hernandez will review your condition, and a personalized treatment plan will be formed, including your choice of anesthesia. Imaging such as 3D scans will be taken to create custom surgical guides for your procedure.
- Surgery. During your initial procedure, the doctor will place the dental implant post in your jaw bone once your chosen anesthesia has taken effect. If you choose IV sedation, you will sleep comfortably during the procedure. After the surgery, the surgical site will be stitched, and you will have time to rest and recover before heading home with your designated driver.
- Recovery. After your dental implant is placed, there will be a three- to four-month healing period while the implant fuses with your jaw bone for a strong, healthy foundation for the replacement tooth (crown). Most patients are back to their regular routines after a couple of weeks. Your dentist may make a temporary crown for you to wear during the healing period.
- Abutment and Crown Placement. Once your implant sites have healed sufficiently, and the implant posts are fused with your jaw bone, your oral surgeon will place the abutments. The abutments connect your new custom-made crowns to your implants. Once the crowns are placed, your restoration will be complete.
Dr. Hernandez and the staff at Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are dental implant specialists. We look forward to scheduling your initial consultation, where we will discuss goals and develop a plan to restore your oral health and smile.
Dental Implant FAQ
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a healthy, attractive, and permanent option to replace your missing or failing teeth and are the preferred choice in most cases. Luckily, if you are healthy enough to undergo minor dental surgeries such as tooth extractions, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Hernandez at Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to find out if dental implants are the best tooth restoration option for you.
How long is the recovery period for dental implants?
Each patient’s recovery time is as varied as they are and depends on their exact procedure and healing ability. In general, dental implants take between three and six months to heal well enough for full chewing ability. Most patients are back to their normal routines in a few days after the procedure, although a diet of soft foods may be necessary for some time.
Will there be pain associated with dental implants?
You will be sedated during the procedure and will not feel any pain. Once your surgical sites have healed, your implants will feel nearly identical to your natural teeth, causing no discomfort at all. Dental implant patients will typically experience some discomfort the first few days after surgery, and your oral surgeon will provide you with a prescription for pain medication.
Where can I find dental implants near me?
Dr. Hernandez of Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery performs high-quality dental implant procedures at competitive prices in the comfort of our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
If you have questions about dental implant procedures or any of the other procedures we offer at our trusted practice, feel free to contact our Fort Lauderdale, FL, office or click here for more information.
Dental Implant Instructions
Thank you for trusting our oral surgeon, Dr. Hernandez, and the skilled team at Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery with your dental implant procedure. We encourage you to review our pre- and post-operative instructions before your surgery to make sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Always feel free to contact us with questions — our friendly team is here to help you feel at ease.
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If you live in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area and are looking for a healthy, attractive, and permanent option to replace your missing or failing teeth, contact our office today to find out the right solution for your needs.