Dental Implants

Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions normally.

Transform Your Smile with Dental Implants

Dental implants are a cutting-edge solution for replacing lost teeth, providing stability and aesthetics. At Collins Dental, we specialize in delivering tailored implant procedures to meet your unique needs. Our dental implant dentist ensures a seamless process from consultation to placement.

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone, serving as artificial roots for replacement teeth. They provide a permanent foundation for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning the material is nontoxic and doesn’t harm living tissue. This allows the implants to fuse with the bone, creating a stable and durable base that mimics natural tooth roots. This integration helps preserve bone structure and prevents the deterioration often associated with tooth loss.

Dental implants are a preferred choice for tooth replacement because of their longevity, ability to maintain bone levels, comfort, and natural feel and appearance.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

At Collins Dental, we strive to offer high-quality dental care that remains affordable for our patients in Winter Springs, FL. The cost of dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including the type of implant, the materials used for the crown and abutment, and any additional procedures required, such as bone grafting or extractions.

  • Our implant prices range from $1,636 to $4,255 per implant
    •  including a 3D X-ray
  • Many PPO insurance plans may cover up to 50% of the procedure cost. Your out-of-pocket costs for dental implants may vary based on your insurance coverage.
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Dental Implant Process at Collins Dental

1. Consultation & Exam: Comprehensive assessment, including 3D scans.

The first step in getting dental implants is a consultation and exam. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health to see if you’re a good candidate. This assessment includes 3D scans to understand your jawbone structure, gum health, and overall dental condition. This info helps create a treatment plan tailored to your needs, ensuring the implants are placed correctly for long-term success. Discussing your medical history and any risk factors helps to ensure the procedure is safer and more effective.

2. Tooth Extraction & Bone Grafting: Necessary for optimal implant placement.

Tooth extraction and bone grafting are often necessary to create a suitable foundation for dental implants. Sometimes, a tooth needs to be extracted before a dental implant can be placed. This is typically due to damage or decay beyond repair or if the tooth is causing crowding or misalignment issues. In such cases, extracting the tooth creates space for the dental implant and ensures that the surrounding bone and tissues are healthy for the implant procedure. If you need a tooth extraction, your procedure will be scheduled after your treatment plan is finalized, incorporating your recovery into the timeline.

When a tooth is lost or extracted, the surrounding bone can deteriorate, leaving insufficient support for an implant. Bone grafting involves adding bone material to the jaw to rebuild and strengthen the area, ensuring there is enough bone density to hold the implant securely. This procedure is crucial for providing a stable base that promotes proper integration of the implant with the jawbone, ultimately leading to long-lasting and successful results. Bone grafting will take a few months to heal before your implants can proceed.

3. Implant Placement: Secure insertion of titanium posts.

With the site ready, your dentist attaches the titanium implant to your jawbone. The gum is then secured over the implant with stitches, allowing the area to heal and the implant to fuse with the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration, and it typically takes a few months. Follow-up appointments will ensure the implant is healing properly.

4. Healing: Osseointegration period for strong jawbone support.

When a titanium implant is placed in the jawbone, the bone has the remarkable ability to fuse with the titanium. This process is called osseointegration and takes about 3 months. Over time, the bone cells grow around and attach to the implant, essentially making it a part of the jawbone. This fusion provides a stable and strong foundation for attaching your dental implant.

5. Abutment & Crown Placement: Final steps for a natural look.

After the gum has healed and the implant has fused with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration, the next step is to place the abutment. The abutment is a connector that extends from the implant to the surface of the gum. It helps support the final artificial tooth or dental prosthesis.

Once the abutment is in place, a custom-made artificial tooth, also known as a crown, is attached to it. The crown is designed to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, providing a durable and natural-looking replacement for the missing tooth.

This completes the process of getting a dental implant, and you’ll have a fully restored and functional tooth that looks and feels natural.

 

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  • What types of dental implants are available?

    Two commonly used types of dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are titanium rods inserted into the jawbone, providing a stable base for crowns or bridges. These implants mimic natural tooth roots, promoting bone health and stability. All-on-4 implants, on the other hand, are specifically designed for patients needing a complete arch restoration. They use four strategically placed posts to support a full denture. Another name for All-on-4 dental implants is “teeth-in-a-day” or “same-day teeth.” This refers to the ability to place an entire set of new teeth on just four implants within a single day. This approach ensures a secure fit and faster recovery, making it ideal for this specific patient group.

  • What are the aftercare instructions for dental implants?

    Immediately following dental implant surgery, it is important not to disrupt the surgical site. This means avoiding chewing near the implant. It also means being very gentle when cleaning the area for several weeks to a month after the procedure. The dental implant takes a few months to fuse with the jawbone, so minimizing disturbances during this time allows for the best possible healing. If you have a temporary denture replacing lost teeth, be sure it does not rub on or irritate the implant site.

    After implant placement, tooth extraction, or bone grafting, if needed, some common discomforts associated with oral surgery may occur. These can include swelling, pain, and minor bleeding in the area. Here are some key recommendations for the first two weeks post-surgery to promote proper healing:

    • Pain Management: Ibuprofen is highly recommended to decrease pain and swelling.
    • Oral Hygiene: Gentle brushing keeps the area clean while avoiding irritation from aggressive brushing. Warm saltwater rinses also help with cleaning, pain, and swelling.
    • Minor Bleeding: Having a small amount of blood in your saliva is common for a day or two after surgery. Lightly biting on gauze for 30 minutes can help stop bleeding. If bleeding persists beyond a couple of days, contact our office.
    • Swelling: In addition to ibuprofen and saltwater rinses, periodically applying an ice pack to the cheek near the affected area can reduce swelling.
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  • What are the benefits of dental implants?

    Dental implants offer a multitude of benefits for individuals experiencing tooth loss. They significantly improve chewing and speaking abilities, which can be compromised by missing teeth. By providing a stable and permanent solution, implants help maintain jawbone density, preventing bone deterioration and facial structure loss. This restoration method also supports adjacent teeth, preventing them from shifting and causing bite imbalances.

    Overall, dental implants enhance both the functional and aesthetic aspects of oral health, leading to improved confidence and quality of life.

  • How long do dental implants last?

    Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution, often lasting a lifetime with proper care. The titanium post integrates with the jawbone, creating a durable foundation that typically does not require replacement. The attached crown, however, has a lifespan of 10 to 30 years, depending on wear and tear. Maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, is essential to prolong the life of the crown and overall implant health. Patients should also avoid habits that can damage the implant, such as grinding teeth or using them to open objects.

    Dental implants are generally extremely secure and successful for replacing missing teeth. However, in rare cases, the implant may not properly fuse with the jawbone after being placed, requiring removal. Specific health problems may increase someone’s chance of implant failure. Like any operation, there is some risk of issues during the surgery to insert an implant.

For a permanent smile solution – ask us about Dental Implants

Don’t wait to restore your smile and confidence. Contact us if you have questions about dental implants or if you are ready to schedule an appointment for a consultation at our Winter Springs, FL, office.

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5744 Canton Cove
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