Dental implants

Dental Implants

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 restore dental implants with expert-level precision

Why should you consider dental implants?

Dental implants

Repair Your Smile & Protect Your Oral Health

Long-Lasting

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?

You do not need to be embarrassed about replacing missing teeth...

Many Patients Experience Tooth Loss

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.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking can increase your risk of complications so it is highly recommended that you quit.

Treat Gum Disease

Periodontal disease negatively affects your oral health. You will need to treat gum disease before receiving dental implants.

Control Diabetes

Diabetes, as well as certain autoimmune disorders, can increase the risk of complications. 

Are you apprehensive about the surgical procedure?

Preparatory Procedures

Dental patient during procedureYou 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

Consultation

Your doctor will assess your candidacy and discuss your goals.

First Surgery

Small incisions will be made in your gums and the dental implants will be surgically placed.

Healing Period

During this 4-6 month period, the implants will fuse directly to the jawbone.

Abutment Placement

A small connector will be attached to the implant, which can then be used to attach a restoration.

Second Healing Period

During this period, the gums will heal around the abutments.

Attachment of Restoration

A crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant.

Following post-operative guidelines can help lower your risk of complications...

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

Patient missing front teeth with braces
Before
Patient after dental implants
After
This patient's smile was repaired with dental implants.

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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Dental implants patient.

Dr. Schmitt On What Is A Dental Implant? Simplified explanation

Here is a simplified explanation of what a dental implant is by Dr. Scott Schmitt, Altamonte Springs Prosthodontist, voted Top in Prosthodontics 10 years in a row by Orlando Magazine.

Calculating the Cost of Implants 

There are several factors which will affect the final cost of your treatment. 
 

Dental implant cost infographic

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.

Final Restoration

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

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. 

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. 

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.

C. Scott Schmitt, DMD, MS

Schmitt Prosthodontics

Our compassionate team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing you with personalized care of the highest caliber. Prosthodontist C. Scott Schmitt, DMD, MS, is affiliated with a number of professional organizations including:

  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • Florida Dental Laboratory Association
  • Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

To schedule an appointment at Altamonte Springs, FL, office contact us online or call (407) 478-4960 today!

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"I was very pleased with the care, warmth, attention, and excellent dental care that I received at Dr. Schmitt's office. His whole team was incredible."               

- Mary S. 

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