Dental Implants – Sebastian, FL
State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement
Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the most popular tooth replacement around the world, and when you learn a little more about them, it’s easy to see why. Compared to traditional bridges and dentures, they are much stronger, last multiple times longer, and even look more natural. At Sebastian Dental, Dr. Pirkle and Dr. Yu are your local implant experts, so if you’re ready to close any gaps in your smile for good, be sure to schedule a consultation today.
Why Choose Sebastian Dental for Dental Implants?
- Entire Procedure Completed Under One Roof
- Trusted by Local Families Since 2004
- Flexible, Low-to-No Interest Financing Available
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is actually just a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone where it acts like a new tooth root. It’s then attached to a crown, bridge, or denture that restores any lost teeth. Implants actually bond to the surrounding bone just like real roots, which is why they are just as stable and strong as real teeth. They also stimulate the jawbone from the inside, helping prevent the bone loss that is common after tooth loss.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Why would someone choose to get dental implants instead of a regular bridge or denture? Here are just a few of the advantages patients enjoy with implants:
- Because implanted teeth are rooted within the jawbone, they allow a patient to eat anything without them slipping or moving.
- Side by side, dental implant-supported teeth look just like real ones, allowing a patient to always smile with confidence.
- Unlike other dental prosthetics, dental implants don’t require nearby teeth to be reshaped or cut down.
- Implants also don’t rely on the neighboring teeth for support, leading to a more comfortable fit.
- Taking care of dental implants is as easy as brushing and flossing your teeth like normal—no special routines or tools are necessary.
- A bridge or denture can be expected to last about 7-10 years at most, while a dental implant can easily last for 30 years!
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Thanks to the expertise of our dentists, they can use dental implants to help 99% of patients dealing with tooth loss. After giving you an exam, they can go over the following restorative options and help you determine which would be best for you:
Missing One Tooth
A custom-made crown is fitted onto a dental implant that is inserted into the jawbone. The nearby teeth won’t need to be adjusted at all, and the crown itself will be specially shaped and shaded to blend with the entire smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
A small number of implant roots can be used to provide support for a partial denture or bridge, enabling a patient to replace multiple teeth efficiently while also enjoying extreme stability.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Even complete tooth loss can be reversed with dental implants. All it takes is just 4-6 roots placed along the jaw to hold a full denture firmly in place. We can upgrade a patient’s current denture to fit over implants so it’s more secure, or we can provide a completely new prosthetic as well.
This procedure allows a patient to restore an entire row of teeth in a single appointment. Four implant roots are positioned within the jawbone and then immediately topped with a full denture. It’s no understatement to say that this can completely transform a patient’s life, allowing them to eat certain foods again and actually feel confident about their smile.
Start to Finish Convenience
At most other practices, the procedures to place implants within the jawbone and then top them with new teeth are carried out by different doctors at different offices, forcing patients to run around and waste valuable time. At Sebastian Dental, our team is able to perform every phase of the treatment right here in our office. From your first consultation all the way until you leave with your renewed smile, you’ll be able to work with the same trusted team and only have to visit one location.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are extremely versatile, and because of this, their cost can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. Certain factors like how many implants a patient needs, where they will be located in the mouth, and if any treatments are needed beforehand (like tooth extractions or periodontal therapy) can all influence the price.
While it’s true that implants tend to cost more upfront compared to traditional bridges and dentures, their longevity actually helps patients save tremendously in the long run. Patients with regular bridges and dentures will have to replace them multiple times throughout their life, compounding their initial lower cost, while implants are often just a one-time investment.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
If you have any questions about dental implants, we’re here to help! Many patients may be considering this treatment, but they’re curious about a few factors before making a firm decision. At Sebastian Dental, we want all of our patients in Sebastian and the surrounding areas to feel confident in their investment and their smile. That’s why we’ve provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants. Keep reading to satisfy your curiosity!
How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?
If you’re wondering about dental implants, you’re probably thinking about the number of implants you may need. The only way to know with certainty is to come into our office for a consultation. However, it’s safe to assume that you’ll need multiple dental implants if you have various missing teeth. In some cases, bigger teeth may need 2 implants for a proper support. It all depends on your smile, your oral health, and the strength of your jawbone. That’s why the best way to get a precise answer is to visit us in person.
Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
Many patients hear about the surgical process for implants and automatically assume that it hurts. However, the reality is that you’ll only experience a slight amount of discomfort. Before beginning, we’ll ensure that you’re numb, and we even offer sedation dentistry to keep you relaxed. This makes your dental implant procedure easy. Plus, your jawbone doesn’t have many pain-sensing nerves, making your surgery more painless than expected.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Typically, most dental insurance plans won’t cover the cost of dental implants as they are still seen as an elective procedure. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t help you save money on treatment. Our friendly front desk staff is experienced in minimizing your out-of-pocket costs. In fact, we may be able to get your insurance to cover certain aspects of your treatment like the consultation or restorations. However, this will vary from plan to plan.
Can Dental Implants Help with My Dentures?
If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, you may already have dentures to restore the appearance of your smile. However, traditional dentures can slip and slide around, causing discomfort and self-consciousness. Thankfully, we can use dental implants to anchor your dentures, allowing us to replace your entire smile with full strength and function. In fact, you’ll be able to enjoy a more varying diet, speak clearly, and smile confidently.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
While it is possible for dental implants to fail, you can rest assured because this treatment has a success rate of 98%. While failure is incredibly rare, it is possible for this to occur if you use tobacco routinely. Tobacco slows down the rate of healing, which can be problematic during the recovery period. Dental implants can also fail because they don’t have enough jawbone to accommodate them, however we make sure that you’re a good candidate before beginning. This completely minimizes your risk of failure.
If you have any additional questions, our team is ready with answers. Feel free to contact our office to get the information you need.