Dental Implants- Orange Park, FL
A Better Kind of Tooth Replacement
For severely damaged or missing teeth, dental implants in Orange Park offer a sturdy and long-lasting replacement option. For a single missing tooth or several that have been lost in a row, crowns or bridges retained by dental implants can take their place in a beautiful and lifelike way. Dr. Matthew Nawrocki and his team are pleased to offer implant-retained crowns and bridges -- keep reading to find out more about how they work!
The Benefits of Dental Implants
No matter how many teeth you have lost, replacing them should be at the top of your list right after it happens. Even if those gaps are in the back of the smile, missing teeth can take a serious toll on your self-confidence as well as your oral and overall health. And, after you are missing one tooth, you are likely to lose even more later on due to the gradual loss of bone and periodontal tissue that occurs with tooth loss.
For eligible patients, there is no better method of replacing teeth than with dental implants. They offer a comprehensive method that takes care of the missing teeth as well as their roots. Implant posts stabilize the jawbone to restore your ability to chew and speak and prevent the loss of additional teeth later on.
The benefits of dental implants for missing teeth include:
- A sturdy, lasting replacement
- Dental implants look and feel more natural
- Oral and overall health are supported
- Dental implants promote a balanced, nutritious diet
- Cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime
What Is the Process for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are placed in two major phases: initial implantation and final restoration. First, the titanium implant posts are surgically placed beneath the gum line. The gums are then closed and, over the course of 4 to 6 months, bone tissue is generated and the implants gradually fuse together with the jaw. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, the implant posts are exposed once again, a connecting abutment is attached, and the crown or bridge can be affixed on top. In total, the entire treatment may last a year or more.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth, and Dr. Nawrocki can design a treatment plan based on your unique situation:
Missing a Single Tooth
An implant dental crown can be placed between two healthy teeth without them having to be adjusted or reshaped at all. This is an excellent way to close a lone gap in the smile while also preserving a patient’s remaining teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
An implant-supported bridge can take the place of several missing teeth that have been lost consecutively. Two implants are placed on either side of the gap in a patient’s smile, and these can be used to support up to four prosthetic teeth.
Missing All Teeth
For cases of significant tooth loss, we may recommend an implant-retained denture. The prosthetic will be affixed directly to the jawbone using four to six implant posts, which will give it a much more stable and secure hold compared to a traditional removable denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
As we touched on above, dental implants can be used to help people with varying degrees of tooth loss, and because of this, the cost of the procedure is different from patient to patient. The number of implants used, where they are located in the mouth, and what kind of restoration that’s needed can all influence the final price.
While implant restorations do tend to cost more than other traditional options, they usually end up costing a patient less in the long-run thanks to their longevity. Traditional bridges and dentures typically need to be completely replaced every 5-7 years, while dental implants can easily last for 30 or more, meaning a patient will spend much less on retreatment over time, which can easily add up to thousands.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
There’s no question that restoring your smile with dental implants is a great decision, but it’s still natural to have a few questions about it! Over the years, Dr. Nawrocki has helped countless patients enjoy the benefits of implants and has compiled answers to the dental implant FAQ's in Orange Park that he hears the most. But if you’re unsure about anything else, you can contact us anytime. We know how life-changing dental implants can be after tooth loss and we’re always happy to help!
How Many Implants Will I Need?
Each situation is different, so this really depends on your dental history. If you’re missing all the teeth in the upper or lower arch, we can often use 2-6 mini-implants per arch. If you’re missing several consecutive teeth, we may recommend 1-2 implants to secure a fixed bridge that replaces multiple teeth at once.
It’s Been a Long Time Since I Lost My Teeth. Will implants Work For Me?
In many cases, yes. As a prosthodontist who specializes in replacing missing teeth, Dr. Nawrocki will start with a thorough evaluation to make sure implants will be successful for you. With the use of our CT/Cone Beam Scanner, he’ll take a detailed, 3-dimensional image of your teeth and jaws to determine whether you have enough bone mass to support implants. In some cases, a bone graft procedure is necessary to strengthen and fortify your jaws prior to having implant surgery.
Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?
Many of our patients are surprised at how much easier it is to get implants than they anticipated. Our experienced team puts your comfort first during every procedure and Dr. Nawrocki will always make sure you’re fully numb before starting. We also offer sedation options to make implant surgery comfortable and stress-free for everyone, including our patients who are fearful or anxious.
Will I Need To Take Time Off Work?
We do recommend taking 2-3 days off of work to rest and recover. The gum tissue around the implant site will be swollen and tender for several days and the healing process will be mostly complete in about 5-7 days. However, this can vary depending on your general health, how many implants you’ve gotten, and the health of your gums. Most people say that the discomfort is very manageable, but we’ll review your options for pain medication and how to care for the area while it’s healing before we begin.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
The success rate for implants is up to 98% (in non-smokers), but there are cases in which they fail. Here are some of the most common causes of failure:
- Tobacco use – Using tobacco drops the success rate to around 85%.
- Gum problems – Implants need healthy, strong gum tissue to support them.
- Clenching and grinding – Wearing a nightguard at night can protect implants from clenching and grinding forces.
- Infection – Maintaining great oral hygiene habits and seeing us regularly for checkups is the best way to prevent an infection (or find it early on so it can be treated.)
If you’d like to know more about how dental implants can benefit you, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Call Us Today!
If you are missing teeth or are on the brink of losing one or more, dental implants can help you achieve a lasting, complete smile for a lifetime to come. Please do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation.