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Dental Implants – St. Augustine, FL

Planting the Roots for a Better Smile

Bridges and dentures replace the parts of your teeth directly responsible for biting and chewing food; the roots, however, remain missing, meaning the underlying jawbone will start to break down as the body decides it’s not needed anymore. If you want to avoid bone loss and give your new teeth additional stability, call Salt Run Family Dentistry today to ask about dental implants in St. Augustine, FL – the modern gold standard when it comes to filling in empty space in a smile

 

Why Choose Salt Run Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • Start-to-Finish Treatment
  • Attractive Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures Available
  • Long-Lasting Implants

What is a Dental Implant?

Dentist and patient looking at dental implant model

By itself, a dental implant doesn’t look like it could replace a tooth. It’s made of titanium and has a long, thin shape. However, once it has been placed in the jaw and has merged with the surrounding bone tissue, we can attach a crown, a bridge, or dentures in order to replace any number of teeth. The implant will secure your new teeth in place so that they don’t move when you chew or speak. They also encourage the jaw to continue producing bone tissue.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Woman smiling after dental implant tooth replacement

Your smile deserves the best, and in many situations that means getting dental implants. While all dental restorations have their pros and cons, implants have many benefits that more traditional options can’t match. Here are some of the advantages of implant-retained prosthetics:

  • The implant posts can last for decades at a time, and many patients end up keeping them for the rest of their lives.
  • Implant-retained teeth both look and feel natural; the implant post is hidden under the gums and effectively becomes part of the jawbone instead.
  • Thanks to the added stability of implants, you can eat whatever you want, including tougher foods.
  • The stimulation of implants will prevent bone loss, which could ultimately put your other teeth at risk if left unchecked.
  • Attaching a bridge to implants instead of natural teeth will let you preserve more of your enamel.
  • The prosthetics attached to your implant will be designed to blend in with the rest of your mouth.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dentist discussing dental implants with patient

Are you healthy overall? Does your jaw still have plenty of bone tissue? If the answers to both questions are “yes”, you should strongly consider getting implants to take the place of any number of teeth.

Missing Single Tooth

Animated dental implant supported dental crown

Just a single lost tooth can throw off the balance of your bite and lead to further oral health problems. We can fill in a gap with an implant that has a dental crown attached. It will take a few months for the implant to fuse with the jaw; the crown is placed after healing is complete.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge

Instead of individual implants for every tooth that you’ve lost, a row of three or more teeth can be replaced by a dental bridge that rests on two implants. Unlike traditional bridges, this process won’t require any permanent changes to the healthy teeth that remain in your mouth.

Missing All Teeth

Animated dental implant supported denture

Traditional dentures rest on the gums; because of this, they can start to slip or become ill-fitting once the jaw changes shape. Fortunately, dental implants can address both problems at once. It normally takes about four to six implant posts to support a full set of dentures in the upper or lower jaw.

How Dental Implants Work

Animated parts of dental implant tooth replacement process

You’ll need to undergo surgery to have the implants placed in your jaw. The restoration phase won’t begin until the mouth has fully recovered, which can take up to six months. Fortunately, you won’t need to see a specialist for the different phases of the process; we can handle both stages right here at our St. Augustine location. The same skilled dentist and friendly staff will be here for you from the beginning to the end of the process.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Three animated dental implant supported dental crowns

When considering the ultimate cost of dental implants, keep in mind that they can last a lifetime and thus don’t need to be replaced as often as more traditional options. They’ll also help you maintain your oral health so that you can avoid paying for additional treatments later. To accurately estimate the final price of your implants, we’ll need to schedule a consultation to discuss multiple factors, including the current state of your health and the number of teeth missing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing to replace your missing teeth with dental implants is a big investment. Before you move forward, you may have questions that need answers. We’re here to help you! Take a look at the responses we’ve provided below for some guidance on the most common inquiries. If you would like to talk to us in greater detail about dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. We’ll happily address your concerns and help you find a solution for your missing teeth.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Overall, dental implants are very successful. In fact, about 95 percent of dental implants are still successful even 20 years after they were placed. In the cases where the implants failed, it’s usually because the patients didn’t properly maintain the implants, or there was an unknown pre-existing condition that interfered with success. That’s why we take the time beforehand to make sure this treatment is right for you. We also stress the importance of taking care of your dental implants so that they can last for many, many years.

What Kind of Upkeep Do Dental Implants Require?

Although dental implants are among the most complex treatments in dentistry, taking care of them is relatively simple. Just as with natural teeth, you need to brush twice and floss once daily. Although your replacement teeth cannot get cavities, plaque can still accumulate there and lead to gum disease. In addition, regular dental visits (at least every six months) help us catch and treat any infections or other problems that could lead to implant failure. You also should avoid using tobacco products to increase your odds of having long-lasting implants.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

It depends. Insurance plans can vary in their specific benefits, but in general most of the cost of dental implants is not covered by insurance. However, the restoration that attaches to the implants may be partially covered, and if you require preliminary procedures, such as gum disease therapy, this work may fall under your plan’s benefits. Our team can double check your insurance and try to find ways of lowering your out-of-pocket costs as much as possible.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Many patients who have lost permanent teeth qualify for this treatment. The basic requirements are that you have a healthy (i.e., infection-free) mouth and enough supportive bone tissue in your jaw. During your consultation, we’ll evaluate you to determine whether implants are a good fit. Fortunately, even if you don’t initially qualify for this treatment, you can undergo procedures, like a bone graft or gum disease therapy, which can enable you to get implants later on.