Last updated: January 19, 2017
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a metallic insert that is surgically screwed into a properly sized hole inside jaw bone and acts as a metallic root for forming a tooth on it. An implant is normally a tapered cylinder with a diameter decreasing downwards. The surface carries threads which firmly grip the host bone. The crown of an artificial tooth is not formed directly on the implanted root. Once the implant has fully embedded itself within the jaw bone, a suitable prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or a denture is built over the implant.
What is Osseointegration?
The post is normally of titanium which has the most desirable properties in terms of its strength, durability, and biocompatibility. Biocompatibility is an important issue when material, even living material is permanently introduced into a human body. Most man-made materials are rejected by the body cells and this can result in complications and need for surgery. Very few materials are biocompatible, and out of metallic materials titanium is the best. It is not only ‘not rejected’, but bone cells start to grow onto the titanium structure thus integrating the bone with the metal. This phenomenon is called osseointegration and ensures that the implant remains firmly stable inside the jaw bone.
How many implants will I have?
Do not be scared! You don’t have to have an implant for each tooth. More than one teeth can be supported on one implant. In fact, a complete denture also can be supported on just four implants, thus acquiring the special name “all-on-four” implant dentures. The chewing forces on the teeth are transferred to the jawbones through the implants and not directly to the gums as in normal dentures.
What are my options for tooth replacement?
Implant supported teeth are the best replacement teeth. They are most natural in their function, convenience, life, and esthetic properties. But some options are discussed below to enable you to make an informed choice.
- Do Nothing- If it is single third molar (wisdom tooth) you may think of doing nothing. If you have lost one or more of other rear teeth not replacing them will cause you problems in eating, permit shifting of neighboring teeth, and may affect your bite (mating of the upper and lower teeth) as well. The opposite tooth is sure to project into the void, thus losing its own anchoring as well as changing the smile line further. Another disadvantage of not replacing a tooth is that the jaw bone shrinks (resorption), leaving a concavity in the gum line which can be unseemly.
- Fixed Bridge– If there are healthy teeth around the missing tooth or teeth, those healthy teeth can be used as supports to make a fixed bridge in place of the missing teeth. The supporting teeth have to be stripped of some of the enamel to permit attaching bridge supports to them. The replacement teeth hang over the gum between them. This is a traditional solution and well-practiced. However, it has a disadvantage. Removal of the enamel during tooth preparation makes the tooth vulnerable to sensitivity to hot and cold. Further, the bridge may have to be replaced after a normal life of about 10 to 12 years. Further trimming of the support teeth has to be done to prepare for a new bridge which could further increase the possibility of sensitivity.
- Dentures- Removable partial or full dentures are also a traditional solution. Partial dentures involving one or more teeth take support from the existing strong teeth on either side. Full removable dentures sit on the gum line and take support from it. Additionally, the upper denture covers the underside of the palate and takes support from suction.
Implants have a higher initial cost. Then why not go for the traditional restoration mechanisms which are economically more viable. The answer is that with advancement in dental technology, the implants have superseded all other options for replacement teeth. Some of the reasons are:
- Like Natural- A tooth or set of teeth on a strong and stable implant looks and functions almost like a healthy natural tooth or set of teeth. Other options do not restore the natural ability to chew or the natural looks. Also, other options, specifically dentures, may lead to bone deterioration, and interfere with speaking and smiling.
- Long Life- traditional bridges will normally last 5 to 7 years, and slightly more with extra care. On the other hand, dental implants, albeit with periodic adjustments and proper care, can last a lifetime.
- No fear of Public Embarrassment- With teeth on implants, there is no fear of embarrassment either due to unnatural smile, or the possibility of the denture falling out in public when you are eating, talking or laughing. You lead a natural life.
- Bone Loss Avoided- Leaving an empty space in the mouth due to a lost tooth or teeth can lead to deterioration and some loss of jawbone. Dental implants will not only prevent that but they will actually support bone growth.
- Natural smile and face contours retained- A face with conventional dentures or bridges may sag. That is because of the possible bone loss around and under the conventional dentures. It may look different and unnatural. With implants, your natural looks and smile are retained.
- Care at Night- At sleep time dentures have to be removed. Dentures need to be kept soaked in a fluid when not in the mouth. If that is not done the denture will shrink and warp. As a result, it may not fit anymore. They may fall out during normal oral activity. Ultimately they will have to be replaced at an additional cost. No such worries accompany teeth and dentures on implants. Your teeth remain in your mouth, not in a cup!
- Eat All You Want- With conventional dentures, you are constantly worried about not eating hard foods lest you damage your denture. With teeth on implants, you can eat virtually anything without fear.
- Speak normally- With removable dentures, you may fell slightly unnatural when speaking, especially in the first few days. Implanted teeth are just like normal natural teeth.
- No caries! Cavities cannot occur in teeth restored on implants. However, normal hygiene practice will have to be followed daily along with routine visits to the dentist.
- Installed without affecting other teeth- Bridges and traditional dentures must rely on healthy teeth on either side, which also has to be prepared to take the support mechanism. The implant needs no support from another tooth. It takes support from the jaw bone like natural teeth do.
- More Reliable- Experience has proved that implants are more reliable than other than other restoration schemes within their expected lifetime.
Who needs an implant?
Anybody who is missing one or more teeth, for whatever reason, can consult his dentist for getting the implants. The dentist will examine the patient and decide whether one or more implants are required. An implant may be an excellent choice for replacing your missing natural teeth, if you require any of the following:
- Esthetic replacement of your missing teeth
- Same natural feeling that you had with your own teeth
- A beautiful and charming smile
- The ability to eat all your favorite foods
Are dental implants right for me?
The short answer is yes; If you are missing one or more teeth, most likely an implant will suit you. If you wish to have a very natural smile; if you want to be able to smile without a sense of embarrassment; If you want to eat, and speak without the fear of a denture slipping out in public, then implants are probably, your best option. But the best advice will come from your implant specialist. He will examine you, look at your medical history, possibly make tests and then decide if implants are right for you. Implants are relatively costly, and a very careful decision has to be made.
Who should not get a dental implant?
- Jaw Bones Still Developing– If your jaw is still developing you should not get an implant. Development of jawbone is completed normally at about 16 years for females and 18 years for males. There are variations from person to person.
- Insufficient Bone– In case the jawbone at the proposed location of the implant is not strong enough, or too little of it is present to support an implant and take all the chewing forces, alternatives have to found. Modern medical science has a solution which will work in most cases. Bone can be grafted from other parts to make up the shortfall.
- Serious Medical Disease– For patients who are suffering from uncontrolled serious diseases which affect one’s ability to heal, e.g., diabetes, a successful outcome of an implant cannot be assured. Diabetics with proper control of the disease can, of course, get an implant. Diseases like hyperparathyroidism and leukemia can also affect the success of an implant. People undergoing chemotherapy should wait till the cancer treatment is completed. But the best advice in any particular case will come from an implant specialist after he has studied your case thoroughly.
- Pregnant females– should avoid implants in the first three months, and preferably, till after the delivery.
Types of Dental Implants
Implants can be classified into two main categories based on where they are installed.
- Endosteal implants– These are the most common types used. They are placed (screwed) into the jawbone (endo=inside) under the gum line. They are disc-shaped, cylindrical or cylinders tapering downwards.
- Subperiosteal implants- These implants are for those patients who do not have sufficient bone in their jaw to support an endosteal implant. CT scans of the jawbone are taken to form a 3-D outline of the jawbone. A metal framework is designed to fit exactly over the jawbone but under the gum. The framework then supports the artificial teeth through posts which protrude through the gum. The total procedure including the surgery can be completed in one visit, thanks to CAD/CAM facilities.
- Transosteal Implants – these implants extend throughout the width of the jaw bone. They are inserted at one end of the bone and emerge from the corresponding end of the bone.
- Mini-implants – these implants are much smaller in size, and are usually used in orthodontics as anchors for obtaining support and anchorage for orthodontic appliances.
Implants are also categorized by sizes. The sizes are standard, mini, micro, and mini -micro implants. The smaller versions are designed to be temporary, and removable.
Implants can also be classified according to the type of restoration they support
- Single tooth- In this case an implant supports a single tooth.
- Multiple teeth- A bridge of many teeth can be supported by two implants, or multiple implants can support a greater number of teeth. In an “All-on-four” implant a complete denture is supported by a total of four implants.
- Combinations of fixed and removable bridgework– A removable denture section is attached to fixed bridge supported on implants.
- Implant Supported Over-dentures– Traditional dentures press on the gum and the bone resulting in bone loss due to bone resorption. An implant supported overdenture avoids that. It is suitable for people who need a complete denture and wants to avoid the bone resorption due to the traditional denture.
- Anchorage for tooth movement- This type of implant is used by an orthodontist to provide anchorage for dental devices to ensure a quicker movement of teeth. The implants used may be standard, mini, or micro sized.
- Temporary bridgeworks– During the healing period of implants, the patient may become toothless. Hence, removable micro-mini implants are installed with temporary bridgework on them. Those are removed when the permanent implants heal and permanent crowns are placed.
Procedure for replacing a single tooth
The standard procedure of replacing a single tooth on an implant takes several visits to the implant dentist.
- Patient Evaluation – The first visit is for consultation and planning. It includes visual examination; discussion of your medical/ dental history, sensitivities, and habits; imaging of your teeth, and a frank discussion of the treatment options available to you. If an existing ailing tooth has to be replaced it will be removed, and the gum left to heal.
- The Surgical Procedure – The next visit will give you the implant which will become a replacement root on which the new tooth has to be placed. The implant can be with or without an ‘abutment’. An abutment is a connector placed on or built into the out end of the implant. It is a good procedure to allow the implant to integrate naturally with the bone (bone cells start growing into the metal surface). The integration period is two to three months for the upper jaw and double of that for the lower jaw. However, a temporary crown is normally applied immediately. Patients with temporary crowns have to be careful in not ‘loading’ their teeth. That means eating soft foods. Most patients can go to work the next day.
- Placing the Prosthesis – In the subsequent visit when the dentist thinks the implant has Osseo-integrated, a suitable prosthesis will be provided over the implant.
- Any subsequent visits will be for a checkup, and later, for readjustments if necessary.
Procedure for replacing multiple teeth
In a case of multiple teeth, you can have them on individual crowns or on a bridge supported by two or more implants. The implant supported bridge option affords you a very good quality of functionality, feel, fit, and confidence that is not possible with any other replacement option. The procedure for getting multiple teeth is similar to that for a single tooth, i.e., involving multiple visits.
- The first visit is, again, for consultation and planning. It includes the same processes, i.e., visual examination; discussion of your medical/ dental history, sensitivities, and habits; imaging of your teeth, and a frank discussion of the treatment options available to you. If one or more existing teeth have to be removed, they will be removed and the gum left to heal.
- In the next visit, you will be given the implants which will become replacement roots on which the new teeth or a bridge will be placed. However, temporary crowns can normally be applied immediately. Patients with temporary crowns have to be careful to avoid hard foods. Most patients can join work the next day.
- During the next visit, an abutments will be placed on the implants.
- In the subsequent visit when the dentist thinks the implants have osseointegrated, he will place the crowns or the bridge on the abutments.
- Any subsequent visits will be for a checkup, and later, for readjustments if necessary.
Procedure for replacing all teeth
Replacement of all teeth will follow nearly the same pattern of visits and processes.
- The first visit will again be consultation, planning, examination, and discussion of treatment options.
- In the second visit, again the implants will be placed.
- The third visit will see the attachment of abutments and additional devices that may be necessary to place bridges.
- The fourth visit will see the placement of an implant supported bridge, an implant supported overdenture, or rarely custom made individual teeth.
Same Day Implants
The conservative process for dental implants takes many months, depending on individual cases. In an effort to reduce the number of visits by the patient, it is possible to do all the procedural steps in a single day. Temporary teeth or bridges are attached, and the patient is allowed to eat with strict instructions and not eat any hard foods for a minimum period of 6 to 8 weeks. This is to allow a period for osseointegration. Any carelessness in this regard can adversely affect the success of the implant.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants have been used for over three decades now. They have proved to be absolutely safe and pose no danger to the person having them. Dental implant procedure is one of the dental procedures with the most predictable outcome, with a success rate of over 95 percent. There is no body of data to show any serious risks. The technology and procedures have matured and are improving fast. As a result, dental implants are becoming a very popular, or rather, the most popular option for replacement teeth. It is important to note that dental implants like many other metallic prostheses for human bones are made from titanium. This material has a special property. It is accepted by the human flesh and is not rejected. In fact, the material has the magical property of osseointegration. Bone grows into the metal, thus making a strong natural bond. It is this osseointegration that you are waiting for before you are allowed to eat hard foods with teeth on implants.
It is not to say that complications will not arise. Complications can arise, but your implant dentist is aware of them and can take suitable precautionary and curative measures. Possible risks are the risks which may be associated with any kind of surgery. These are the injury to surrounding tissue, infection, and possible nerve damage (in a case of the upper jaw). It is important to note that these risks are associated with any kind of surgery which is routinely going on, and not really implant associated. There are people who have surgery of their brain. Surgery has now become highly advanced, and implant surgery is among the safest types.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Although implants are the best restorations dentistry can currently offer, they are also a big investment. You have to take very good care of this huge investment. Lack of care can lead to complications through infection around the implant. This is called peri-implantitis. Ignoring it can cause loss of tissue including the surrounding bone, and ultimately, a failure of the implant. Here are a few simple tips to be followed.
- Good Oral Hygiene– This is the most important thing you can do. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary for implants and implant supported teeth as for natural teeth. Examine the tissue around the implant. It should look healthy, that is, firm and pink. There should be no signs of infection. If you notice anything unusual, report to your dentist for advice immediately.
- Avoid abrasives– Use toothpaste which has only mild abrasives. That is to avoid scratching any surfaces of the implants that may get exposed for any reason. Similarly, it is advisable to avoid dentifrices containing sodium fluoride, stain removers, and baking soda.
- Regular Checkup– Despite your best efforts, you may develop problems which you cannot detect. A trained and qualified person, i.e., your dentist will be able to detect any tendencies towards disease, or conditions which may ultimately lead to disease. It is important, therefore that you visit your dentist regularly. He will be able to check your normal teeth as well as your implants for good health.
- Screw tightening– Routine visits to the implant dentist is necessary. The screws attaching the abutment can come loose over time. They need to be tightened. This is not much of a procedure. The restoration (single tooth, multiple teeth, or the complete denture is removed and cleaned, screws tightened, and the restoration replaced with tightened screws.
Some Facts and Figures about Popularity of Dental Implants
- Over 30 million US citizens are without teeth in one or both jaws.
- Approximately 15 million persons in America have crowns and bridges as replacements for their missing teeth.
- Already 3 million individuals in the US have implants and the count is increasing at an approximate rate of half a million per year.
- 10 percent of US dentists are already providing implants and that number is increasing day by day.
- Market demand for implants in USA and Europe together is expected to reach the $4.2 billion by the year 2022.
- The success rate of dental implants as reported in the scientific literature is 98 percent.
- US dentists had placed 5,505,720 implants by the year 2006.
- Out of these implants, 3,103,930 were placed by US general dentists.
- The US dental implant and the prosthetic market are expected to reach $6.4 billion by 2018.
- For a comparison, the global prosthetic supplies market is projected to reach $4 billion by 2018.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
The cost will depend on the number and quality of implants and the crowns or dentures they will support. Additional cost will be incurred due to preparatory procedures required before the implants can be placed. Total cost will include the following main factors:
- Quality and number of implants – As a result of the detailed examination, experts will determine the optimal number of implants needed in your jaws. Further implants of various types and quality are available in the market. The specialist will also determine the optimal type and quality of implants to be used.
- Procedures – Different procedures are required for different needs. For example, single implant costing will be at different rates from that of multiple implants. Also, options may be available to suit budget priorities.
- Gum disease – patients requiring dental implants will normally be those who have suffered from gum disease. In these cases, the gum has to be treated before the implants are placed. As a result, the overall cost will increase.
- Bone density – Implants are supported directly by your jawbone. If your jaw has suffered bone loss sufficient amount of bone will have to be grafted before the implant can be placed. This will add significantly to the overall cost.
- Sinus lift – In some patients looking for implants in the upper molars or premolars sinus (on either side of the nose) may be too close to the jaw for a safe implant. In such cases, additional bone has to be grafted. This will entail additional cost.
- Tooth extractions – In many cases, some teeth may have to be extracted before the implants are placed. This will incur additional costs.
- Competition, demand, and demography– You will be purchasing services in a services market. Cost estimates can vary from provider to provider depending on reputation, demand, competition, and possibly on the locality where you are seeking the services.
Three Things You should Know about Cost of Dental Implants
According to a study carried out by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the typical cost of a dental implant varies very widely, depending on the nature of the job, and the implant provider. They further recommend that you obtain a detailed estimate from the prospective implant supplier after he has examined your mouth and the missing teeth. The ultimate result has to be dental implant which looks natural and merge very naturally with your gums and the rest of the oral cavity.
In addition to the expert advice and the cost estimate you need to know three things:
- The quality of Life with Dental Implants– Dental implants allow a quality of life which no other replacement teeth will ever provide. Until implants became available and cost competitive, conventional dentures were the standard option for tooth replacement. However, because of their natural looks, freedom from unexpected slippage at the wrong moment, and your ability to eat almost everything you like, implants have overtaken dentures as replacement teeth option. Facts now show that implants are now the de facto standard. That is because of the quality of life they offer.
- Cost Effectiveness of Dental Implants– Dental implants are a one-time large investment. The nearest alternative, dentures, need repeated replacements because they have a shorter life. Thus dental implants are more cost effective in the long run. Further so, because of the intangible benefits of the implants as discussed elsewhere in the website.
- Long Term dental Health– are biocompatible with the jawbone, merge with it naturally in a process called osseointegration. Thus the bond is firm and suffers no slippage associated with conventional dentures. Especially, implants do not cause your jawbone to shrink. That is a very important factor because shrinkage of the bone will weaken it, and may change the looks of your face. That could be a heavy penalty.
Can any dentist provide my dental implant?
Not really. Dental implants are rather special and sophisticated dental devices. Their up-front cost is also relatively high. Further, they are, more or less, lifetime companions. Your money, your health, and your comfort are precious and must be handled very carefully and prudently. Going to just anyone who claims to be an implant specialist may be convenient. It may save some time, and maybe, some money, but in the long run, you are risking much more than you save. Dental implants are state of the art technology and need special training and experience. Not everybody will do good justice to your money, your time, health, and your lifetime comfort. Hence, you must choose a qualified and experienced implant dentist. It is always good to check the reputation of the dentist before you go to him. One way of reaching a qualified and certified implant specialist is to consult the searchable directory of credentialed implant dentists available at the website of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). This directory contains a list of US dentists who are qualified and certified by the professional body to place implants.
The Benefits of Getting Dental Implants
Dental implants are entirely independent tooth replacements that are anchored in place with a titanium post. This post is surgically placed and, once fully healed, integrates with bone in your jaw to act just as your organic tooth would. This helps to nurture healthy bone density while providing a stable base for your dental implant crown.
Getting dental implants, instead of a partial denture or fixed bridge, means you get a tooth replacement that is:
•Beneficial to your oral health
•Natural in appearance
Because your dental implant is a permanent solution to tooth loss, you regain full biting and chewing capacity – something you would not be able to achieve with dentures. To help patients see best results, Dr. Daoud prefers the most predictable treatment to support long-term, best-outcome goals. He doesn’t cut corners and makes sure to take care of your dental implant treatment the right way, the first time.
Benefits of Ditching Your Dentures for Dental Implants
Your teeth have been your travel companions on life’s journey since the day you were born. Of course, they fell out and were replaced a few years later with a new set, but we’d all like to forget those awkward years when we felt uncomfortable smiling for our yearbook pictures. Don’t let the years ahead be just as awkward. If you permanently want your smile back, choose dental implants over the hassle of dentures.
Implants are certainly a commitment, but almost everyone who made the switch to dental implants lives with no regrets. If you’re on the fence, let some of these reasons sway your decision:
• Your Dental Implants Will Function Like Natural Teeth
So you’ve invested in dental implants. You can now breathe a sigh of relief. These implants, a permanent solution to your tooth troubles, won’t interfere with daily life in the same way dentures characteristically do. Enjoy the activities everyone else without dental issues takes for granted.
• Eat with ease
No need to fear to bite into certain foods. Implants function like normal teeth so have your fill of all the nuts, steak and raw fruits and vegetables your heart (and appetite!) desire. You’re not required to eat these foods now that you have implants, but rest easy knowing that you can with ease.
• Speak comfortably
With dental implants, you won’t have to disrupt the flow of conversation to make adjustments. Often with dentures, especially ill-fitting ones, certain words become more challenging to pronounce, but implants will make that problem a thing of the past.
• Feel like yourself when you smile
Nothing is more disappointing than when a cosmetic change impacts how you feel about yourself. Your smile contributes to your personal identity. It helps you express yourself to the outside world and, more importantly, to friends and relatives. Implants fuse with your jawbone and are fixed in your mouth as a result. They feel so natural that your smile will feel natural too.
Less Maintenance and Less Hassle
You may have grown fond of your dentures–they’ve done a lot for you after all. But consider how much easier your routine would become if you didn’t have to give them a second thought.
• No replacements necessary
Once you undergo the dental implant procedure, you’ll only have to deal with occasional adjustments. Unlike dentures, which need replacing every five to seven years, dental implants are a permanent solution.
• No cavities
Dental implants require the same care and maintenance that you would show your natural teeth, but the upside is you can’t get cavities. The titanium material of the implants saves your mouth from that potentially painful inconvenience. Plus, now that you’re free to bite into crunchy foods, you can eat all the peanut brittle you want, so it’s a win-win.
• No storage necessary
Get rid of that denture cup because you’re keeping your teeth in your mouth all night, exactly where they belong. Another perk is that flossing and brushing become a whole lot easier when there’s no risk of your teeth shifting around in your mouth.
Feel More Confident
When you don’t have to worry about your teeth shifting and clicking, or even falling out of your mouth altogether, you can concentrate again on what really matters to you. Dental implants afford you the confidence to enjoy daily life. Your mouth is a central point of contact for the outside world. Feeling self-conscious about the potential hazards of dentures can be debilitating. With implants, you can eat, smile, laugh, kiss, and talk freely.
A Great Long-Term Solution
If you practice good oral hygiene, your implants could last you up to twenty years or more, according to studies done by Oral B. Compare that with the aforementioned statistic of dentures lasting only 5-7 years. Implants must be starting to sound like a bargain.
Keep in mind that implants are most effective among patients with healthy gums and a healthy jaw. They’ve always been a popular choice for those missing only one or two teeth, but more and more people have been turning to implants as an alternative to dentures in recent years. If you weigh the options, your mouth is in good shape, and you’re in search of a dental solution that will enhance your everyday life, dental implants could be the right choice for you.
The Real Cost of Dentures
Dentures are a considered to be a more economical alternative to dental implants. That may be true but there are caveats. For one thing, the dentures will almost certainly need to be replaced, maybe more than once in a lifetime. Thus the lifetime cost of dentures could run into thousands of dollars. In addition to the direct dollar cost, there are some forms of intangible costs associated with dentures.
- “Social Cost” associated with dentures- Compared to natural teeth, dentures, even of the highest quality are not so good looking. A person wearing dentures will always be rather cautious and not so confident while eating or laughing in public, and even when kissing. Dentures can cause unexpected embarrassment at very critical social and private moments. Such social cost cannot possibly be compensated by dollars.
- “Convenience Cost” associated with Dentures- Dentures will certainly not feel like natural teeth. They cannot be cleaned like your natural teeth. Dentures must be removed to rinse and brush. They have to be removed and soaked overnight in a soaking solution failing which there is a risk of the dentures becoming warped and hence, unusable. This will result in a new cycle of getting dentures and caring for them. And finally, dentures are delicate and need very careful handling lest you drop and damage them.
- “Health Cost” of Dentures- Dentures introduce ‘foreign objects’ into your mouth. The effect is that the jawbone around and under the dentures starts shrinking, possibly weakening the jawbone, and causing your face to lose shape. Also, the dentures will need to be relined and may be remade.
Thus the real cost of dentures is much more than just the dollar cost. Although the initial cost of dentures is lower that of implants for an equal number of replacement teeth, over the lifetime, the real cost of dentures (including the intangible costs) becomes very unattractive. That is why implants are gaining popularity in the US and the world over.
Dental Implants for Total Tooth Loss
If you are experiencing a complete loss of teeth in both or one of your jaw arches, FeatherSound Smiles is happy to offer implant-supported dentures in Clearwater, FL. Implant-supported, or permanent dentures, utilize 4-6 implants that hold your dentures firmly in place.
The combination of dentures and dental implants provides a superior level of tooth restoration and support for oral health and function that removable dentures cannot match up to. If you are interested in abandoning the mess and hassle of removable dentures, in favor of a modern and efficient tooth replacement methods, Dr. Daoud welcomes you into his office to learn more about permanent over-dentures.
Where can I find a dental implant expert?
If you are living in the Pinellas and Hillsborough county area, Dr. Amir Daoud is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and a certified dental implant specialist. You will get a frank and sincere advice on what is good for you. And all this will be done at a reasonable cost.
Dental Implants in Clearwater, FL at Feather Sound Smiles
Missing teeth make many parts of everyday life a struggle, and so can some traditional solutions to this issue. But advanced treatment with dental implants makes solving the problem of tooth loss an easy answer. At Feather Sound Smiles, Amir Daoud, DDS is proud to be your Clearwater, FL dental implant dentist.
Our High Tech-Dental Implant Treatment
At Feather Sound Smiles, Dr. Daoud takes care of all phases of implant treatment right in his office. Your dental implant procedure is strategically planned using 3-D technology. Our advanced imaging equipment is able to capture detailed pictures of oral structures to make sure that you have the appropriate bone density to support the implant, and that the implant is placed in just the right position for ideal function.
Once your implant procedure has been mapped out, Dr. Daoud quickly and safely places the post portion of your tooth replacement. Many patients are surprised to learn that this part of the procedure takes less than an hour and is pain-free. For Dr. Daoud, ensuring your comfort and efficient placement of your implant is a top priority; you can be sure that your dental implant treatment from our Clearwater, FL office will be handled with gentleness and the utmost care.
Recovery time is short – only 24 hours, and you can return to work or your other important daily functions after your appointment for implant placement. In the event that you need a tooth extracted before the implant can be placed, Dr. Daoud can perform tooth removal and dental implant placement in the same day, for most cases.
Solve Tooth Loss for Good!
If you’re ready to receive the last tooth replacement treatment you’ll ever need, contact Feather Sound Smiles to learn more about getting dental implants in Clearwater, FL from Dr. Daoud. Our all-digital office makes planning and carrying out your treatment an efficient and predictable process.
We are located in Feather Sound Square, on Ulmerton Road, and are happy to welcome dental patients from in and around the Pinellas County FL and Hillsborough County FL areas and surrounding areas like Clearwater, Largo, St Petersburg, Seminole, and Tampa.
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