DENTAL IMPLANTS 

JACKSONVILLE, FL

Are you among the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth? You could choose a traditional solution to complete your smile, like a bridge and crowns, or you could enjoy an option that closely looks and feels natural. Dental implants in Jacksonville allow you to regain the next best thing to your real teeth. Dr. Kathryn Ryan will rebuild your smile using a customized treatment plan.

 

WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?

A dental implant is a screw-like cylinder that can be crafted from a variety of materials, including titanium and zirconia. The secret behind their success is that they replace the root hidden underneath the gums while dentures and bridges are designed to only recreate the white crown parts of the tooth that are visible when you smile.

HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK

Dr. Ryan surgically inserts an implant into your jaw, where it works as an anchor to support your eventual dental restoration. She also attaches an abutment, which connects the restoration to the implant and won’t be visible above the gum line. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Ryan specializes in the design and placement of custom dental implant restorations and other advanced restorative dentistry services. After your implant-supported restoration is in place, it will be so lifelike that virtually no one should notice is it not natural.

 
 

LIFE-CHANGING BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

Replacing both the root and crown of the tooth allows you to enjoy a variety of benefits that are not possible using any other treatment. As the implant post stimulates bone growth to fuse with your jaw, you will experience various advantages, including:

Sturdy & Long-Lasting

Dental implants offer several advantages over other treatments. The posts are made of medical-grade titanium, which is biocompatible and built to fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue. As long as you practice good dental care and attend regular visits to the dentist, your implants can last a lifetime.

Prevents Bone Loss

One of the natural consequences of tooth loss is jawbone recession, which can make your face look sunken or prematurely aged. By sending regenerative signals to your jawbone just like healthy teeth, implants can help prevent bone atrophy.

Uplift Your Confidence

96% of people say a good smile makes a person more attractive. Missing teeth can make your smile look unhealthy and unbalanced. If you cover your smile on dates, at work, or in photographs because of missing teeth, dental implants can give you a renewed sense of self-confidence.

High Success Rate

Studies have shown a five-year success rate of approximately 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants. The success rate for upper jaw implants is a little lower because the upper jaw is less dense than the lower jaw. 

No Damage to Other Teeth

Implants can counteract just about all of the effects of tooth loss. Without any negative stress or pressure on the neighboring teeth, implants can actually prevent the movement and shifting of the adjacent teeth. Bone loss that would otherwise impact the neighboring teeth can also be prevented.

Lifelike Function and Appearance 

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, allowing your implant-supported restorations to anchor into the jaw in the same way as healthy, natural teeth. This ensures your dental prosthetic will not loosen, wobble, slip, or slide out of place during biting, chewing, or speaking. Denture patients especially often find this newfound confidence to be nothing short of life-changing.

 

REASONS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

Depending on your degree of tooth loss, there is a treatment right for you. Dr. Ryan performs a comprehensive consultation to create a customized treatment plan you need.

MISSING SINGLE TOOTH  An implant post, an abutment, and a crown are used to fill the space of a single missing tooth.

 

IMPLANT-RETAINED CROWNS & BRIDGES  2 to 3 consecutive missing teeth in a row are replaced by anchoring your custom-made bridge to your jawbone using 1 or 2 implant posts. This eliminates the need for placing dental crowns on the adjacent teeth.

MISSING MULTIPLE TEETH  Several missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants as well. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, Dr. Ryan may recommend a combination of a single unit implant or an implant-retained bridge.

ALL-ON-4  A custom-made denture is anchored to your jawbone using an average of 4 implant posts. Often, your denture is attached the same day as your placement surgery, so you do not need to go without any teeth.

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MISSING ALL YOUR TEETH  You can skip the slipping and irritation of a traditional denture by anchoring it to your jawbone with dental implants. Dr. Ryan determines how many posts are needed to secure your denture.

IMPLANT-RETAINED DENTURES  Implant-retained dentures allow you to restore as much as 70% of your biting force, so you can enjoy your favorite foods again.

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WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT?

Your treatment process will occur in multiple stages. Although this may seem unnecessary it is vital to the long-term success of your new smile. Each phase of your treatment includes separate costs, which can include:

  • Initial Consultation: You need a consultation with your prosthodontist in Jacksonville to ensure you are a candidate. Besides the office fees, you need to pay for x-rays and a CT scan.

  • Additional Procedures: It is common to need additional procedures before placing your implant posts, like bone grafting or tooth extractions.

  • Implant Placement: Oral surgery is needed to place the implant posts into your jawbone. In addition to the cost of the posts, you will also need to pay for sedation or anesthesia.

  • Abutments & Restorations: After your jawbone has fused to the posts, special fixtures are placed on each one to connect your custom-made restoration. You will need to pay for each abutment and the restoration.

See how we replace a single tooth during implant surgery at our Parkway Prosthodontics office...

CONVERT YOUR EXISTING RESTORATION

Do you already have removable dentures? Are you frustrated with the noises, slipping, glue, movements, and embarrassing moments that can happen as a result? It is possible to convert your current system into Implant Dentures. An implant-supported denture looks more natural and, most importantly, it stays in place and helps keep your jawbone healthy and strong.  

UNDERSTANDING THE COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

There are various factors that influence the cost of dental implants, such as how many teeth you are replacing and your dental coverage. Unsure if you can afford dental implants? Talk to our team about arranging a payment plan and maximizing the value of your dental insurance to keep your new smile affordable.

Stop living with an incomplete smile. Contact Parkway Prosthodontics today to schedule your consultation.

 

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Are you among the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth? You could choose a traditional solution to complete your smile, like a bridge, crowns, or you could enjoy an option that closely looks and feels natural. Dental implants allow you to regain the next best thing to your real teeth. Dr. Kathryn Ryan will rebuild your smile using a customized treatment plan.

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DENTAL IMPLANT FAQS

Dental implants in Jacksonville give you a solution that offers realistic and predictable results; however, it is a big decision to make. It is normal to have questions about the treatment. We want you to feel confident in your preferred solution to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Ryan takes the time to explain your treatment and answers your questions to help you make the right choice for your smile during your consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to common questions about dental implants to help you make the right choice.

HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?


Dental implants have over a 95% 10-year success rate to provide you with a long-term solution to complete your smile. Since the implant post acts as a new tooth root, it stimulates your jawbone to make the two to fuse to one another. This allows you to enjoy a treatment proven to last for several decades with the right aftercare, like maintaining your home oral hygiene and visiting your dentist in Jacksonville twice a year. Although the implant post should never need to be replaced, your restoration suffers from daily wear and tear. It will need to be replaced about every 10 years.




ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS PAINFUL?


Sedation or anesthesia are used during your oral surgery to ensure your comfort. As with any surgery, it is normal to experience some pain while you heal. Although you might think the procedure will be painful, many patients report less discomfort with dental implants than when having a tooth extracted. You can manage your pain while you recover using an over-the-counter pain reliever.




HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?


You can expect your treatment to take several months because it must occur in various stages. Dr. Ryan provides you with a breakdown of your treatment plan and the estimated time it will take to complete your smile based on your individual needs during your consultation.




WILL MY DENTAL INSURANCE PAY FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?


It is rare for an insurance company to cover the entire cost of the treatment, but they may pay for a portion of it. Depending on your specific policy, your insurance carrier may pay for certain aspects of your treatment, like the CT scan, anesthesia, or restorations. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.




ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS WORTH THE COST?


It is true dental implants cost more upfront than traditional treatments, like a bridge and crown, but they are worth the added expense. Dental implants allow you to enjoy a long-term investment because they never need to be replaced, so you save money down the road. Not to mention, dental implants improve your oral health to reduce your overall dental expenses. If you have any additional questions about dental implants, please do not hesitate to ask us during your consultation. We want to help you make the right choice for your smile by feeling well-educated about your treatment options.




INDICATIONS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS


Depending on your degree of tooth loss, there is a treatment right for you. Dr. Ryan performs a comprehensive consultation to create a customized treatment plan you need.




DO I NEED AN IMPLANT TO REPLACE EACH OF MY MISSING TEETH?


No. One implant post can hold one implant restoration, or crown. Two implants may secure a bridge or partial. Four to six implants are often sufficient to stabilize an upper or lower denture. However, some patients prefer to have an implant per tooth.




WILL IMPLANTS MAKE DENTURES MORE COMFORTABLE?


With traditional dentures, the underlining rests on the gums, on natural ridges. For upper dentures, natural suction or adhesive creates stability; for lower dentures, adhesive is required. Over time, friction between the denture underlining and gums causes natural bony ridges to flatten. When this occurs, dentures must be relined for a more accurate fit. Ultimately, the gum ridges completely wear down, and the gums become smooth and flat, and dentures, even with adhesive, become chronically loose or wobbly. The potential for slippage increases. In other cases, patients never find a comfortable fit with a denture. Because implant-retained dentures snap or are affixed to posts anchored in the jaw, they will not loosen, wobble, or come loose. They usually fit comfortably, from day one. Furthermore, because of their stability, implant dentures make the patient feel more confident and comfortable in public, particularly when dining out.




ARE IMPLANT DENTURES REMOVABLE OR FIXED?


Either. Dr. Ryan will discuss your preference and explain the pros and cons of fixed and removable dentures. You can then decide which option will work best with your lifestyle.




WHEN ARE MINI IMPLANTS A GOOD CHOICE?


Miniature dental implants are best reserved for older patients who have poor jawbone density, but cannot endure bone grafting surgery.





 
 
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