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 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
When are dental implants recommended?
In Addition to Tooth Loss, Implants May Be Provided For:
In cases where infection cannot be treated with a root canal, tooth extraction will be needed.
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...
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.
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?
Dr. Schmitt in Altamonte Springs, FL, can provide dental implants that support the structure of your mouth and replace teeth. It is truly an art and a science, and if done properly, is the closest treatment to giving you back your natural teeth. The implant post is placed into the bone, creating a solid foundation for it to be snug and secure. An implant crown often made of porcelain, then replaces the visible portion of the new tooth, for natural esthetics and correct chewing. The implant crown is typically placed after a short healing period of about three months.
This complex, intricate process, when done properly 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 with cavities or gum disease for years can be successful with dental implants. Therefore, although they can be initially more expensive, they are usually an excellent investment. Additionally, having such a natural look and feel may give you the confidence you've been looking for.
Dental Implant Benefits
The benefits of dental implants include:
- More natural looking
- Secure and comfortable
- Tends to last longer
- Helps to maintain the bone and gums
Cost of Dental Implants
Despite these advantages, many patients do not seriously consider the option because they are worried about cost. During your consultation, Dr. Schmitt can help you determine the cost of your treatment based on your needs.
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 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
We believe that every patient with missing teeth should have access to the benefits of dental implants, so we offer several flexible financing options.
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 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. To receive a personal estimate based on your needs, send us an online message or call our office at (407) 478-4960.