Dear friends, colleagues, patients and others in our human community –

I do hope this letter finds you well amidst the present turmoil.  It is true that the threat of this viral invader is very real, and we must take significant action to protect all members of our society.  This being the case, please remember that the combined intelligence, ingenuity and integrity of the human spirit is far superior to that of any foreign contagion.   We will get through this together, especially if we cooperate in careful consideration, thoughtful communication, and diligent action.

Please understand and know that this practice intends to be open while meeting or exceeding all guidelines recently set forth by the CDC and the Governor’s Office to control the spread of this virus, particularly as it may pertain to the delivery of dental care.  Our exact protocols are available in a separate document. We fully appreciate that many of the patients cared for in our setting are among those at most risk for poor outcomes, if they did contract the illness.  And thus in response and until further notice, we will be providing 100% private prosthodontic care only for those patients qualifying for emergency or urgent treatment.  This means that any patient seen in this office will be the only patient in the building, and will have absolutely no contact or potential of contact with another patient.  Between patients, all standard and additional recommended disinfection and sterilization procedures will be implemented for treatment and common areas.  

At this time, we are specifically evaluating each patient’s unique circumstances in regard to the new guidelines, planned appointments and care, as well as timing and urgency.  We will be contacting every patient on our current schedule to discuss these particulars, working together with each to achieve the optimal resolution. We look forward to that progress.

In closing, please know that we take this pandemic, as well as the responsibility to provide safe and exceptional dental care, very seriously.  With that understanding, it is also known to medical science that happy patients, or those in a better emotional state, are more resistant to illness and respond better to therapy.   Please take care of yourself both physically and mentally. We wish you peace and all our best.  

With Sincerity, 

C. Scott Schmitt, DMD MS

Dental Implants 

Tooth loss creates gaps in your smile that can make it difficult to eat, speak, or smile with confidence. Most importantly, your oral health is at risk.

Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement. Dr. Scott Schmitt in Altamonte Springs, FL,can place and restore dental implants with expert-level precision, ensuring strong, lasting results.

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.

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.

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

*According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

When are dental implants recommended?

In Addition to Tooth Loss, Implants May Be Provided For:

Decayed Teeth

In cases where infection cannot be treated with a root canal, tooth extraction will be needed.

Damaged Teeth

If your tooth is broken beyond reasonable repair, it may need to be replaced.

Are dental implants an option for you? 

To Qualify for Dental Implant Treatment, You Need to:

Adequate jawbone density is required to secure a dental implant. If you have suffered jawbone atrophy, you may need bone grafting.

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

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.

Three pieces are required to replace your tooth...

Dental implant illustration

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.

Dental Implants Can Support Many Restorations…

With a customized crown, we can replace a single missing tooth.

A bridge can fill in the gap left by several consecutive missing teeth.

Implant-supported dentures are usually recommended to replace an entire arch of missing or severely damaged teeth.

Preparatory Procedures

Dental patient during procedure

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

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?

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 implants patient.

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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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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 $5,000 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.

Dr. Schmitt

Dr. Schmitt upholds the highest standards of care and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations including:

  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Team of Implantology

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (407) 478-4960.

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