Tooth loss creates gaps in your smile that not only imperil your health, but can make it difficult to eat, speak, or smile with confidence.
Dr. Scott Schmitt in Altamonte Springs, FL,can place and restore dental implants with expert-level precision
Why should you consider dental implants?
Repair Your Smile & Protect Your Oral Health
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, it is essential to undergo regular exams as your restoration will eventually need to be replaced.
Prevent Bone Atrophy
Since dental implants fuse with the jawbone, they provide stimulation to the tissue. This prevents the bone resorption which naturally occurs due to tooth loss.
Restore Natural Function
Dental implants provide a stable foundation for your restoration, allowing you to chew and enunciate normally without worrying about it sliding out of place. Additionally, your implant-supported restoration will closely resemble your natural teeth.
How do dental implants work?
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Are dental implants an option for you?
To Qualify for Dental Implant Treatment, You Need to:
Have Sufficient Tissue
Adequate jawbone density is required to secure a dental implant. If you have suffered jawbone atrophy, you may need bone grafting.
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Treat Gum Disease
Periodontal disease negatively affects your oral health. You will need to treat gum disease before receiving dental implants.
Diabetes, as well as certain autoimmune disorders, can increase the risk of complications.
Are you apprehensive about the surgical procedure?
Sedation Can Help You Feel Comfortable during Treatment
While some patients may feel apprehensive about undergoing dental implant surgery, you can rest assured that you will be made comfortable. A local anesthetic will be applied to numb the treatment area. Additionally, patients with dental anxiety may benefit from sedation which can help you relax.
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We Use Only the Finest Implant Materials
Dr. Schmitt exclusively places implants from Straumann, a global leader in dental implantology for the past 60 years. Straumann has been providing implant solutions for patients in over 70 countries. Dr. Schmitt chooses to work with the Straumann implant system because of its rigorous scientific evidence, among the highest success and longevity rates in the industry.
You may need to undergo certain procedures in preparation for dental implant placement. For example, if you have gum disease, you must receive periodontal treatment in order to ensure the healthiest foundation possible for your implants. Or, if you do not have sufficient jawbone tissue to support an implant, you may need to undergo bone grafting.
The Treatment Process
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Dental Implant Recovery
During the healing period, it is essential to:
- Take antibiotics as directed
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Brush teeth carefully to avoid disturbing incisions
- Eat a soft food diet for the first few days
Typically, patients can return to work within two or three days after surgery. You will need to attend one or more follow-up appointments so your dentist can remove sutures and monitor your recovery.
Will an implant-supported restoration look natural?
Our Patient Results
Are the results really that impactful?
Experience a Better Quality of Life
Receiving an implant-supported restoration can have a significant impact on your quality of life. With restored dental health, an improved ability to chew and speak properly, and natural-looking tooth replacement, many patients experience a boost in self-confidence that can enhance many other aspects of their lives. You can feel more comfortable socializing, speaking out at work, and pursuing personal relationships.
Recommended by Experts
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. American Dental Association
Is dental implant treatment expensive?
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Traditional restorations are more affordable than implant-supported options. However, they do not compare to dental implants in terms of benefits. Despite these advantages, some patients may be apprehensive to receive dental implants because of the cost. For each patient, the cost can vary greatly due to the highly personalized nature of dental implant treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Schmitt will help determine the cost of your treatment based on your needs. Insurance plans rarely contribute to the cost of implants, but financing your treatment can make treatment more affordable.
A Wise Investment
Dental implant treatment is a complex, intricate process, but when properly performed by the right provider, can be simple for the patient and virtually pain-free. It is considered to be one of the most successful dental solutions we offer at Schmitt Prosthodontics. Patients who have suffered from cavities or gum disease for years can successfully be treated with dental implants.
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Calculating the Cost of Implants
There are several factors which will affect the final cost of your treatment.
Number of Missing Teeth
Your level of edentulism, or tooth loss, will directly determine how many implants you require. Generally, the more missing teeth you have, the more expensive your treatment will be. A single missing tooth will require one post but an entire dental arch can often be restored with just four posts.
Similarly, larger restorations are more expensive because they take longer to fabricate and require a larger amount of state-of-the-art materials. While a single porcelain crown is a cost-effective option for replacing a single missing tooth, a full set of upper and lower dentures will obviously cost more.
Types of Implants and Technique
Our Altamonte Springs practice exclusively uses Straumann® dental implants because of their durability and high success rates. Advanced implant materials are more expensive to design and manufacture but they also offer several benefits to the patient.
Certain techniques, such as All-on-4® implants, are more cost-effective than others. This method, for example, is generally less expensive than a full mouth reconstruction completed with single implants. All-on-4 requires fewer materials and often negates the need for bone grafting.
The Condition of Your Jawbone
During an evaluation, Dr. Schmitt will conduct imaging tests to determine if your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support dental implants.
If you have experienced jawbone recession due to trauma or as a natural effect of missing teeth, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift surgery prior to your implant procedure. Both of these preparatory procedures will result in additional surgical costs.
Anesthesia & Sedation
While some patients may be comfortable receiving implants with local anesthesia alone, others may decide to undergo sedation. Generally, nitrous oxide is less expensive than deeper methods of sedation, such as oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.
Payment Options & Financing Your Treatment
Dr. Schmitt and his team, serving Altamonte Springs and the greater Orlando area, understand that dental implants are an investment. We also believe that every patient with missing teeth should have access to this exceptional treatment, without worrying about financial constraints. We accept several types of payment and flexible financing options, including:
- Third-party lenders: We accept financing through outside lenders including CareCredit®, Citi Health Card, and LendingClub®. These companies offer low-interest, flexible-term financing plans.
- Credit cards: We accept major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
- Discounts: If you prepay in full for services totaling $10,000 or more, we offer a five percent discount.
Although dental implants are typically not covered by insurance, we can also help you file the appropriate insurance claims to secure the maximum reimbursement possible.
Receive Your Personal Estimate
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Schmitt focuses on the balance between aesthetic and functional tooth replacement. You and your family can access this high level of care thanks to our flexible financing options. You can receive a personal estimate based on your needs during an appointment at our office.