Dental Implants — Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Long-Term Solution for Tooth Loss
As your trusted Fort Lauderdale dentist, it is our job to tell you when a tooth cannot be saved despite your excellent oral hygiene practices and commitment to routine exams and cleanings. Whether you’re facing an extraction or have lost teeth because of an unexpected accident or decay, at Seaside Family Dentistry, our board-certified periodontist offers a range of implant dentistry options. Dental implants are a permanent, restorative solution that will give you back your beautiful, natural-looking smile. Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment and learn more!
Why Choose Seaside Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed by Board-Certified Periodontist
- Modern Dental Technology in a Relaxing Office Environment
- Multiple Financing Solutions to Make Your Care Affordable
What Are Dental Implants?
In implant dentistry, a dental implant consists of a small, screw-shaped, titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It is covered by a porcelain crown that looks and feels just like your old tooth. It requires a minor surgical procedure in which the post is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was and is left to heal for a set period of time. While it heals, the bone fuses to the implant, and then the restoration is attached. To this day, dental implants remain the best tooth replacement option for patients who want a permanent, natural-looking solution. They are highly durable and deter bone loss, which protects the integrity of your facial esthetics.
Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years, you’re not alone. Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, at least 120 million Americans have lost 1 or more teeth. You can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of what was lost using dental implants. Unlike any other treatment, they recreate the entire tooth structure, including the roots. This allows you to enjoy exceptional benefits that can’t be matched using traditional prosthetics.
Looks Natural for Added Confidence
All-ceramic material is used to custom-craft your dedicated implant restorations. They are designed to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. You can speak and smile with confidence knowing your new teeth look natural, so no one will know they aren’t your own.
Feels Natural to Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
Dental implants don’t rely on the support of other teeth to hold them in place. In fact, titanium implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as roots. Your jaw fuses to the posts to provide a secure foundation for your restoration, so you’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation. You’ll regain as much as 70% of your biting force to enjoy your favorite foods again and maintain a balanced diet.
Preserve Your Jawbone Density
With the implant posts acting as new roots, they stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth. This preserves your jawbone’s density and stops dental drift, a phenomenon where remaining teeth move out of alignment, therefore improving your overall oral health. Since dental implants are the only treatment to replace the roots, they are also the only solution to stop bone loss associated with missing teeth.
Long-Term Solution, Cost-Effective
Even with the best care, traditional prosthetics need to be replaced every few years. Dental implants are proven to last for decades with the right aftercare. As a result, they are more cost effective because they should never need to be replaced. Not to mention, they also improve your dental health to lower your risk of cavities, tooth decay, and tooth loss. This decreases your oral health expenses overall. You can ensure your new smile lasts by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Nearly Perfect Success Rate
Dental implants are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate to last for decades. You’ll never need to worry about them failing if they have a strong foundation and you remain committed to your oral hygiene habits. It’s also best to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol in excess to ensure your new smile lasts.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
For many, dental implants offer a much-needed reprieve from ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or retainers with false teeth. At Seaside Family Dentistry, we offer three primary tooth-replacement options. Depending on the number of missing teeth, certain implant options work better than others:
Missing One Tooth
Single-tooth replacements have the highest success rate, and because they will never decay or need root canal treatments, they are the best long-term investment for replacing a single tooth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Multi-tooth replacements are similar to bridges and are commonly used when three or more teeth in a row are missing. A traditional bridge must connect to natural teeth, which weakens them and leaves them vulnerable to decay. With a bridge supported by dental implants, the surrounding teeth are not affected.
Missing All Teeth
Implant dentures replace entire jawlines along the top or bottom (or both) rows. These dentures lock into place so they will not shift around in the mouth or fall out during jaw movement.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implant placement is a highly-customized procedure, so the cost of your restoration will greatly hinge on the type of care you specifically need. Thus, it’s important to visit Dr. Kellner for an initial examination, at which time he will assess the number of teeth you have missing, the condition of your oral health, and the amount of jawbone that remains. All of these factors will go into determining your final cost. Therefore, you can leave our Fort Lauderdale office with a complete plan of action for having your lifestyle, smile and overall confidence restored. To get your life back on track, contact us today to schedule your first visit!
What are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
One of the features of the dental implant placement process is that it requires your dentist in Fort Lauderdale to carefully complete the following stages:
- Consultation - to discuss your needs and eligibility
- Initial Surgery – to place the implant into the jawbone, followed by a period of healing
- Abutment Addition – to act as an anchor that allows the final restoration to be securely attached
- Final Restoration Placement – to leave a functional and attractive smile
For these stages, the cost can vary depending on what each requires. Therefore, after performing a thorough assessment at your first visit, Dr. Kellner will design a full plan, which will contribute toward a final cost. This allows you to be fully-informed and to plan accordingly.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Dental implant insertion provides a key benefit that no other form of tooth replacement can match; it replaces the complete tooth structure. Whereas with other processes the final restoration rests above the gums, with a dental implant that attaches at the jawbone level, the missing stability of a tooth root is once again restored. This leaves the patient with a much more stable foundation that prevents jawbone degradation in the future, and it creates a more natural-looking smile.
Then, by brushing and flossing consistently, monitoring what you eat and maintaining six-month visits for preventive care, your restoration can last for 30 years or more!
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental insurance doesn’t cover the cost of dental implants in Fort Lauderdale. However, there may be some form of coverage available for any restorative care that is needed prior to the start of the procedure. There may also be additional coverage available to apply to the cost of the final prosthetic. To know for sure, you’ll need to review your policy details or contact your dental insurance company.
Here at Seaside Family Dentistry, we understand that some patients may be more cost-sensitive. To accommodate their needs, we accept the following alternative payment options:
- CareCredit – provides low-to-no interest financing that, depending on the cost, can be repaid in six to 24 months
- Compassionate Finance – allows patients to receive upfront care and to determine the amount of their monthly payment