Missing teeth can compromise the health, comfort, and function of your smile and make you feel self-conscious about your appearance.
At Tampa Dental Wellness, Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis and her associates provide dental implants to restore patients' appearance and function.
Why should you consider replacing teeth with dental implants?
Dental Implants Offer Unrivaled Longevity and Stability
Designed to Last
Dental implants can last 40 years or more when properly placed and cared for. While you may need to replace your restoration at our office eventually, the implants themselves can provide a lifetime of benefits.
Improved Jawbone Health
After tooth loss, the jaw begins to shrink, affecting the stability of remaining teeth as well as your facial features. Implants are the only treatment which prevents jawbone atrophy after tooth loss.
Implant-supported restorations replace every portion of your tooth, from root to crown, making the result more stable and secure. The natural look and function of implants mean you can feel confident about your smile.
Tooth Loss Is a Common Issue
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option, made from biocompatible titanium. It is precisely placed where the tooth roots were lost allowing natural bone to securely anchor your new crown, bridge, or denture. Traditionally, the standard approach to tooth replacement has involved dentures, partial dentures, or bridges. However, in the past 30 years, dental implants have become the superior tooth replacement option, due to their natural feel, stability, and durability.
Dr. Creech-Gionis and her Associates will work with you to determine the arrangement, number of implants, and the type of restorations that will best restore your smile and confidence. You can receive your complete treatment at one of our two convenient locations in Westchase and Carrollwood.
How Are Dental Implants Different?
Our teeth are composed of two parts: the root sits below the gum line and the crown is the visible portion above the gums. Traditional dentures and bridges replace only the crowns of the teeth, and therefore they never function as well as natural teeth. Ultimately, patients may not be able to enjoy the full range of healthy foods needed for a balanced diet. Traditional denture wearers may also face discomfort dining in the presence of family and friends, as dental plates can slip loose when speaking or eating.
Dental implants are different because, once restored, they replace the whole tooth, root and crown. This option feels more natural and requires fewer changes to your diet and routines. This innovation allows you to enjoy the same range of foods you enjoyed before tooth loss and the same dental stability and aesthetics.
Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Not only do missing teeth negatively affect your appearance and self-confidence, but they can also limit your quality of life. Even the loss of one tooth can alter the way you bite and chew your food, and lead to a cascade of changes in the health of your smile. When a tooth is lost, adjacent teeth will slowly drift into the gap, which upsets your alignment and destabilizes the nearby teeth. These shifts can change your bite, and lead to teeth becoming loose, worn, or cracked, and place patients at higher risk for issues such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Since dental implants replace tooth roots, patients retain their original bone structure for maintained aesthetics and a stronger, healthier bite.
Losing teeth can also permanently change your facial appearance. When roots are no longer present in the jaw, our bodies stop sending the vital minerals required to maintain healthy bone tissue. Without these minerals, the jawbone can begin to shrink, leading to sunken cheeks, lines and wrinkles around the mouth, and a weakened foundation for other teeth. Since dental implants replace tooth roots, patients retain their original bone structure for maintained aesthetics and a stronger, healthier bite.
How Treatment Works
Factors Affecting Your Implants Timeline
At Tampa Dental Wellness, Dr. Creech-Gionis and her Associates have helped many patients receive superior support for restorations with dental implants. While the dental implants timeline may seem surprisingly long at first, most patients are very pleased with their results, due to the unique benefits dental implants offer. When you come in for a consultation at our Westchase or Carrollwood location, our team will assess your oral health and explain each step that contributes to a successful treatment plan. For some of our patients, this process may include preparatory procedures that can lengthen treatment time. Our entire staff is dedicated to ensuring you are comfortable and healthy at each stage of the process.
Phases of Treatment
Dental implants are a multi-phase treatment that require multiple procedures and appointments but provide life-changing benefits and improvements.
Consultation and Development of Treatment Plan
During your consultation, our doctors and team will assess your oral and overall health to make sure your gums and jawbone are healthy enough for dental implants. We will take a series of diagnostic to assess your facial anatomy and plan implant placement. Dr. Creech-Gionis can explain each step of the process, including the estimated cost.
If you need bone grafting or sinus augmentation to become eligible for dental implants, these surgeries may add as much as four to nine months to your timeline, as you will need to be fully healed before receiving your implant posts.
The actual implant placement surgery will typically only require one outpatient procedure. The surgery will usually take one to two hours, depending on the number of implants you are receiving.
The most time-consuming step of the dental implants timeline is the period referred to as osseointegration, which can take three to six months. Immediately following implantation, new bone tissue will begin to grow into the grooves of the implant, fusing it with the bone. The gum tissue over each implant will heal only weeks after placement, but it may take several months for new bone tissue to grow enough to adequately stabilize the implants. When this period has ended, the implants will be permanently fused with the jawbone, and will create a secure base for your replacement teeth.
Abutment Placement and Final Restoration
Once our doctors have assessed that osseointegration is complete, an incision will be made in the gum tissue above each implant so an abutment can be attached. This structure connects the implant to your final restoration. After this step, you will need a couple of weeks for the gum tissue to heal properly around each abutment. When healing is complete, a dental impression will be taken and the prosthetic denture, bridge, or crown will be crafted in a dental laboratory. Waiting for your permanent restoration may take up to two weeks.
Successful healing and osseointegration ensures that you will be left with a long-lasting, natural-feeling replacement for your lost teeth.
A Permanent Correction for Missing Teeth
The timeline required for dental implants may seem long compared to traditional restorations, but the unique benefits of this treatment make this procedure a worthwhile investment of both time and money. Successful healing and osseointegration ensures that you will be left with a long-lasting, natural-feeling replacement for your lost teeth.
Understanding Your Dental Implant Investment
At Tampa Dental Wellness, the cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient, depending on individual health and dental needs. The treatment cost is comparable to replacing a single tooth with a three unit bridge but has many advantages over the bridge. When you meet with Dr. Creech-Gionis or her Associates, we will assess your oral health and tooth replacement needs and provide you with a detailed treatment estimate to outline the cost of dental implants. Your total expense will depend upon number of implants required, surgical fees, and a number of other related factors. Despite the investment required, most patients are very happy to proceed with dental implants, as they are a permanent solution for missing teeth that provides the most efficient and comfortable results. You can schedule your consultation at either of our two convenient locations in Westchase and Carrollwood.
Dental Implant Starting Cost
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The numbers we provide are for a frame of reference. Your unique case and specific needs may include other preparatory procedures such as bone grafting or a sinus lift. Your total treatment cost will be determined at our office after a thorough examination.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants include several phases of treatment, multiple office visits, a full range of diagnostic and evaluative procedures, and several months of care from our doctors. There are a number of variables that will affect the overall cost.
The Number of Implants Needed
The cost of your implants treatment will depend heavily upon the type of restoration you require. A single implant and crown to replace one missing tooth will cost much less than implants for a full set of dentures, which may require as many as eight implants.
Our doctors are highly experienced at providing life-changing results to patients with personalized care that can eliminate issues and the need for revision procedures in the future.
For patients who have lived with missing teeth for several years, bone loss in the jaw may require bone grafting to take place either before or during implant procedure. In some cases a sinus augmentation surgery may be needed before a patient can be eligible for dental implants.
Sedation is recommended for implant procedures to make the visit easy and comfortable. The level of sedation or anesthesia required for your surgery will also add to the overall cost of dental implants. Some patients prefer intravenous (IV) sedation, while others receive a combination of local anesthesia and other forms of sedation.
The Expertise of Your Dentist
In our practice, we utilize 3D CBCT scanning technology to completely plan your implant placement ahead of time. A custom guide will be fabricated for you that allows the doctor to place the implant with precision and safety. Our doctors are highly experienced at providing life-changing results to patients with personalized care that can eliminate issues and the need for revision procedures in the future.
A Worthwhile Investment
Not only are dental implants the most comfortable and natural-feeling form of tooth replacement, they are also the most permanent. In most cases, dental implants last a lifetime and prevent the changes to the jawbone that cause crowns, bridges, and dentures to require regular maintenance and replacement. When you add the continued cost of traditional tooth replacement options over the course of many years, the upfront cost of dental implants can actually be less expensive than traditional options.