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Dental Implants – Lady Lake, FL

No More Unwanted
Gaps in Your Grin

Each year, about five million dental implants are placed in the United States, and that number is easily expected to double within the next three to five years. Why is this solution so popular? It’s because dental implants basically recreate natural teeth from the root up, which is something that no other treatment can do. At RP Dental & Implants, our restorative experts – Dr. Patel and Dr. Wadsworth – are able to take this solution to the next level by using the latest technology to completely personalize it for each patient. Your smile’s best days are ahead of you thanks to dental implants in Lady Lake, FL. To learn more about what they could do for you, contact us today!

Why Choose RP Dental & Implants for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

two dental implants in Lady Lake supporting a dental bridge

Your teeth consist of two main parts—the root and the crown. The crown, which is the part you can see, is what traditional bridges and dentures usually replace. While these offer a lot of benefits, the lack of roots makes them inherently unstable and prone to wear. With a dental implant, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone to mimic a root. The implant then fuses to the surrounding jawbone thanks to the natural process of osseointegration. A metal abutment fixture is installed on top of the implant, allowing us to secure your custom crown, bridge, and denture into place.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Dentist holding model of dental implants in Lady Lake pointing to smile

At most other dental offices, the dental implant procedure is carried out between different dental professionals. This is because placing dental implants requires minor surgery, which often means dentists need to refer their patients to an outside specialist. This can add quite a bit of time, expense, and stress to the process of renewing your smile. That’s why at RP Dental & Implants, we’re happy to provide all stages of the implant treatment conveniently right here in our Lady Lake dental office. Throughout the four steps of the dental implant process (initial consultation, surgery, osseointegration, and restoration placement), you’ll be able to work with the same dentist and team you already know and trust to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Lady Lake implant dentist showing patient a model implant

Your first step on your journey towards a new smile is to come see us for a consultation. Your Lady Lake implant dentist will take the time to discuss your smile goals with you, answer your questions, and inspect your oral health. We’ll help you determine if dental implants are right for you and if you need any preliminary treatments like a bone graft or gum disease treatment. Once you’re cleared as a good candidate, we’ll plan out every step of your dental implant treatment so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Dental Implant Surgery

Digital illustration showing dental implants in Lady Lake

Once a plan has been made, we’ll place your dental implant. This minor surgery will begin with completely numbing your mouth with reliable anesthetics and possibly using sedation dentistry to keep you as comfortable as possible. Then, we’ll make a small incision in the gums to access your jawbone and insert your dental implant. Finally, the gums are closed around the implant and a protective cap is placed over the implant.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Diagram showing dental implant in Lady Lake during osseointegration

After your dental implant surgery, it will take a few days of rest and relaxation for you to fully recover. However, your jawbone will continue to heal and start the process of osseointegration. This is when the dental implant integrates with your jawbone, essentially becoming part of it.

This process can take anywhere from three to six months. You’ll then come back to our office to have a small connector piece called an abutment attached to the dental implant. We’ll take impressions of the area and begin crafting your final restoration while you return home to heal for a few weeks.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Lady Lake implant dentist holding model dental implant and jaw

Before you know it, you’ll be returning to our office for the final step in your dental implant treatment! We’ll access the top of your dental implant and securely attach your custom-made crown, bridge, partial, or full denture via the abutments. We’ll take the time to ensure your bite feels comfortable and that you’re pleased with the results, making any final adjustments as needed. Then, you’ll be ready to go out and enjoy your newly rebuilt smile!

Benefits of Dental Implants

An older man and woman standing outside and smiling after receiving dental implants in Lady Lake

When choosing dental implants to restore your incomplete smile, you’ll be pleased to learn there are many great advantages to these permanent prosthetics. With more than 500,000 placed each year, they are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. While traditional dentures and dental bridges can help to replicate the look of your smile, only dental implants can truly mimic the natural tooth structure from the root to the crown. If you want to join the 3 million people who are already living with a more permanent and stable smile, spend a few moments learning more about the benefits of dental implants in Lady Lake.

Day-to-Day Benefits

A middle-aged woman feeling happy about her new dental implants in Lady Lake

If you’ve been wearing dentures, you understand the day-to-day challenges that can come with this type of prosthetic. If you’ve been without any form of tooth replacement, you also know how hard it can be to perform many of life’s easiest tasks (i.e., eating, speaking). Fortunately, with dental implants in Lady Lake, you will discover there are many great day-to-day benefits, such as:

  • Eating Without Worry – With dental implants, food no longer has to be your enemy. Instead of avoiding your favorite foods because you fear your prosthetics might slip or fall out, you can now embrace a healthy and nutritious diet that is easy to consume. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, lean protein, leafy greens, and those rich in Vitamin C will benefit your body and smile, keeping your implants in optimal shape well into the future.
  • Greater Bite Force – Dental implants act just like natural teeth, which makes it possible for you to gain a greater bite force and chewing power. Instead of being mindful of placing even pressure on your prosthetic to avoid potential slippage, you can eat normally with dental implants.
  • Easy Maintenance – Unlike dentures that require soaking each night, you can brush, floss, and rinse your dental implants just like you do your normal teeth. There is no need to remove your prosthetic or soak it because your implants fuse with the bone and tissues to truly mimic your natural tooth structure. This makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene and reduces your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Improved Quality of Life – If you want to rejoin family and friends for social gatherings, you can’t go wrong with dental implants. While 10% of denture-wearers tend to avoid going out to eat or to events because they are embarrassed by their prosthetic, you can feel more confident and comfortable smiling around others.

Health Benefits

A middle-aged man wearing a blue t-shirt and showing off his more confident smile because of new dental implants in Lady Lake

While part of your decision to choose dental implants may be based on the natural aesthetic they provide, you should also know they offer many great health benefits as well. Some of these include:

  • Jawbone Preservation – Tooth loss can cause your jawbone to deteriorate over time. When opting for a denture or dental bridge, you will continue to notice the bone weakening, causing your facial shape to change. However, with dental implants, the titanium posts are inserted into your jawbone, allowing for continuous stimulation. This, in turn, will keep your bone strong and minimize the potential for facial collapse over time.
  • Longer Life – It may seem hard to believe, but tooth loss is closely associated with lifespan. When missing teeth are left untreated, it can create a domino effect that negatively impacts your oral and overall health. Statistics show that individuals over the age of 65 who have 5 or more missing teeth are more likely to experience cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. By choosing to replace these teeth with dental implants, you can lower your risk for these common health conditions and also extend your life.
  • No Oral Sores – When wearing a denture, it can become uncomfortable as your facial shape changes. This can cause oral sores to form inside your mouth and make it extremely difficult to wear your prosthetic. Fortunately, with dental implants, this is not an issue. Because of their placement, they will not rub against soft oral tissues.

Long-Term Benefits

A middle-aged couple enjoying the outdoors while feeling confident and pleased with their dental implants in Lady Lake

As you contemplate your options for tooth replacement, it’s also important to remember the long-term benefits that can come with dental implants. While they are more costly upfront, you will achieve great rewards in the long run. Here’s how:

  • High Success Rate of Placement – When initially placed by a qualified implant dentist in Lady Lake, your dental implants have a success rate of 98%. This rate only falls to 90-95% after 10 years, making it an optimal solution for long-term tooth replacement.
  • You Save Money – Instead of spending your hard-earned money on frequent replacements and adjustments (every 5-7 years), dental adhesives, and special cleaning solutions, you can enjoy prosthetics that require little maintenance and offer greater longevity.
  • Longevity – Unlike dentures and dental bridges that must be replaced every few years, your dental implants have the ability to last decades or even a lifetime!

Who Dental Implants Can Help

dental implant being placed in the lower jaw

One of the best things about dental implants is their versatility. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, all of them, or a number in between, our team can use them to rebuild your smile. After giving you an exam, we’ll let you know which of the following options would best suit your needs:

Missing One Tooth

With a traditional dental bridge, the teeth near the missing one have to be filed down to make room for the prosthetic. Instead, with an implant, we can simply position the new root between healthy teeth and top it with a crown while fully preserving someone’s remaining dental structure.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Single implants can be placed throughout the mouth as needed, but for consecutive missing teeth, just two implants can provide support for a bridge. They will be located on either side of the gap and hold a row of dental crowns in place.

Missing All Teeth

It only takes four to six implants to attach a full denture and restore an entire row of teeth. Compared to removable dentures, implant dentures are not only much more stable, but smaller as well, which makes them more comfortable and allows for clearer speech.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants in Lady Lake, FL resting on stack of money

If you have friends or loved ones that have gotten dental implants in the past, you might be surprise that the amount they ended up paying for new teeth could be very different from what you’ll need to pay. The fact of the matter is that every mouth is different and not all cases of tooth loss are the same; there are many variables involved that can end up shaping the final price. During your first consultation, our team will carefully explain all the cost factors that will need to be considered before providing and estimate and going over your payment options.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants in Lady Lake, FL spread throughout the mouth

Gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, and bone grafting are often used to prepare the mouth for implant surgery, but they’re not always required. As such, whether or not you’ll even need such preliminary treatments in the first place can affect the final cost of implants. These treatments are well worth the extra money, as they help ensure that your new smile will be successful.

When looking at the cost of implant surgery, remember that the cost can be impacted if you choose to have sedation administered. Fortunately, the entire procedure can be completed under our roof, so you won’t have to worry about receiving a bill from some other practice.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Model of dental implants in Lady Lake, FL next to natural teeth

The different parts of the dental implant will affect the overall cost thanks to the following variables:

  • The number of dental implants required to replace a specific number of teeth, be it a single implant for one gap, two implants for a row of teeth, or four or more for an entire arch
  • The type of restoration (such as a crown, a bridge, or a denture) that will be required in order to fill in all the empty space in your mouth as much as possible
  • The material used to make dental implants (usually titanium, but sometimes zirconia depending on your individual health needs)
  • The manufacturer that provides us with the dental implants (feel free to ask for details)

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Man with dental implants in Lady Lake, FL outside and smiling

You might think that you’ll save money by choosing traditional dentures or bridges instead of dental implants. However, what you may not consider is that dental implants can last a lifetime, whereas with more traditional options you’ll have to pay for a replacement every 5 to 10 years. Furthermore, implants do not require special maintenance, meaning you won’t have to buy cleansing solutions and other products associated with denture care.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental insurance form on a desk with keyboard and money

Most of the time, your dental insurance will not pay for the implants themselves, but they might still cover part of the cost of a restoration or some of your preliminary treatments. Talk to our team about your benefits and what you can do to get the most out of them.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Woman with dental implants in Lady Lake, FL at the computer

Third-party financing can help make implants more affordable, and fortunately you can qualify for a plan even when it comes to treatments that wouldn’t be covered by insurance. Reach out to us to learn more about how we work with Wells Fargo Financing to help lower the cost of implant surgery for all kinds of patients.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

Woman sitting back in chair for dental implants in Lady Lake, FL

For implant placement to be successful, you need to have a strong, healthy jawbone. After all, the jaw needs to be able to fuse with the posts and support them over the long term. At RP Dental & Implants, we often get patients who could benefit from dental implants but don’t currently have the jawbone density that they need. Such patients can still be considered candidates for the dental implant procedure after preliminary treatments like bone grafting and sinus lips. Contact us today to learn more about some of the advanced procedures that might be necessary before your dental implant surgery.

Bone Grafting

Illustration of bone grafting before dental implants in Lady Lake, FL

The entire dental implant process relies on osseointegration, which is a name for the phenomenon where an implant post fuses with the bone and surrounding tissue to become part of their mouth. For osseointegration to work, there needs to be a certain amount of bone in the jaw; however, since the jaw tends to deteriorate after tooth loss, oftentimes patients don’t initially have enough bone to have implant surgery done right away. Bone grafting can be used to correct this problem by taking bone tissue from another part of your body and placing it in the jaw. After several months, the new tissue will be fully integrated into the jaw, and you’ll be ready to move forward with the process.

Sinus Lift

Illustration of dental implants in Lady Lake, FL after sinus lifts

The upper back jaw can often present obstacles to implant placement since it’s so close to the sinuses and generally has lower bone density. As such, a sinus lift may be required when placing implants in this area. Like bone grafting, it involves placing new material to help build up the jawbone so that the implant post has plenty of support. This also has the benefit of moving the sinus cavity up and away from the implant site so that it isn’t damaged during the surgery.

PRP/PRF Treatment

Two test tubes filled with platelet rich plasma

A successful dental implant treatment depends on your body’s natural healing abilities. We can give you a little extra help by applying PRP (platelet rich plasma) to the area. Platelets contain growth factors that can significantly quicken the healing process, thus decreasing the amount of time you’ll need to wait for your new teeth. PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) works in a similar manner, but it also helps support your immune system, reducing the risk of infection before your mouth is done healing.

Ridge Expansion

Man sitting up and smiling with dental implants in Lady Lake, FL

Sometimes the shape of the jaw can lead to complications in the dental implant process. We can’t place dental implant posts if the jaw is too thin to accommodate for them. With ridge expansion, we can expand the jawbone so that there’s plenty of room to place the implant post. This may need to be done alongside a bone graft procedure if the jawbone has shrunk in width and height. For this procedure, a thin line is cut along the length and width of the jawbone so that new tissue can be added in the appropriate areas.

Dental Implant Post-Op Instructions

Closeup of dental implant post-op in Lady Lake

Since dental implants rebuild missing teeth from the roots up, they require minor oral surgery. While this may sound somewhat intimidating at first, we assure you that there is nothing to worry about. Our dental team has over two decades of experience, and since we perform the dental implant placement procedure right here in our office, you’ll won’t have to go to an unfamiliar practice with a completely different team. You’ll go through a specific recovery process as your mouth recovers from the dental implant placement surgery. We’ll go over specific instructions with you beforehand, but we’ve also gathered some of the most important information to keep in mind below.

What to Do Directly After Dental Implant Surgery

Patient relaxing right after dental implant surgery in Lady Lake

It’s completely normal to feel somewhat groggy and tired after your dental implant surgery. Directly afterwards, you should plan to go home and rest. In many cases, we’ll recommend that you take a prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication before the anesthesia from the procedure completely wears off. You should stick to a liquid diet for the next 12 to 24 hours before adding in soft foods. You can ice the outside of your face for 10-minute intervals if needed, and you should gently rinse out your mouth at least once that evening.

Common Side-Effects When Recovering from Dental Implant Placement

Patient holding pain medication after dental implant surgery in Lady Lake

Slight intermittent bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are all normal side effects of oral surgery. Slight bleeding can be managed by avoiding touching the area and applying pressure if needed. If the bleeding suddenly becomes more notable, the blood clot may have become dislodged. Please call us right away.

Swelling and discomfort will linger for several days, but should be easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. Should you notice that any of these symptoms seem to be getting worse instead of better, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Your Diet After Dental Implant Surgery

Smoothies to eat after dental implant surgery in Lady Lake

You should keep to a diet of soft, nutritious foods after your dental implant surgery. This could include items like:

  • Applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Blended soups
  • Cottage cheese
  • Pudding
  • Ice cream and frozen yogurt

Post-Op Health & Oral Hygiene

Man brushing his teeth after dental implant surgery in Lady Lake

To keep infection and dental implant failure at bay, it’s essential that you practice great oral hygiene after your dental implant has been placed. You can begin to gently brush around the surgical site while brushing the rest of your teeth for two minutes twice a day the day after your dental implant surgery. You should also rinse regularly with water or mouthwash, but make sure to choose a non-alcoholic mouthwash to prevent dry mouth.

What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached

Closeup of patient smiling after dental implant surgery in Lady Lake

You should be feeling back to your normal self a week or so after your dental implant surgery. However, your jawbone will continue to heal for the coming three to six months. After this healing process, you’ll return to our office to have your brand-new teeth attached. Once your custom crown, bridge, or denture is in place, we’ll check to make sure your bite is comfortable and that you’re pleased with the results. You may experience some slight gum sensitivity for a few days as your mouth adjusts to your new teeth, but your dental implants should feel just like natural in no time!

Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants

A middle-aged man with glasses is smiling after learning how to practice proper dental implant care in Lady Lake

Proper dental implant care in Lady Lake is imperative if you want your prosthetics to remain firmly in place for a lifetime. Knowing how to clean your new teeth, what habits should be avoided, which foods are healthy to eat, and how best to protect your prosthetics will allow you to enjoy life with a stronger, healthier, and longer-lasting smile. At RP Dental & Implants, our team will go over all the necessary information to help you maintain and care for your dental implants. Below you will find key points to help you start the process; however, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our office .

Making Oral Hygiene a Priority

An older couple brushing their teeth in Lady Lake

As long as you remain committed to taking care of your teeth and gums, you should not expect to develop issues with your dental implants in Lady Lake. Because your prosthetics look and act just like regular teeth, you should remember to brush them twice a day for two minutes, floss between your teeth at least once a day, and rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash. In doing so, you will lower your risk for tooth decay, which can negatively impact your regular teeth, as well as gum disease, which can pose a significant threat to your implants if left untreated.

Eating a Healthy Diet

An older man is eating a salad while enjoying dinner with his wife in Lady Lake

Swapping out sugary and starchy foods for healthier alternatives will not only prove beneficial to your waistline but also your smile. A healthy smile can do wonders for the rest of your body, so instead of reaching for cookies, chips, pie, or bread, try incorporating leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and lean proteins into your diet. Tooth loss can often make it difficult to consume the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. With dental implants, you can eat with greater ease, especially if you’re choosing the right foods.

Breaking Bad Habits

A single cigarette being smashed against a flat surface in Lady Lake

Nail-biting, chewing on pens and pencils, eating ice, smoking, and even teeth grinding are all bad habits that should be stopped before you ever receive your dental implants. While some can easily damage your restoration and dental implants, others can keep your implants from properly fusing with your bone and surrounding tissues (smoking). Breaking these bad habits will allow you to feel confident in the investment you’re making and ultimately, have you reaping the positive benefits that only dental implants can provide.

Protecting our Dental Implants

An older woman holding her jaw on both sides and wincing in pain in Lady Lake

No one wants to see their worthwhile investment suddenly go down the drain, which is exactly what can happen if you do not take the proper steps to safeguard your smile. Whether you play sports or suffer from intense stress that causes bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), it’s best to have a customized mouthguard created to protect your teeth and gums from injury. No matter how many implants you have, they are strong but not indestructible. A hard-hitting tackle or volleyball to the face could easily damage your smile and result in an emergency visit that requires more time and money to fix.

Scheduling Regular Dental Checkups

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One of the most important steps you’ll need to take while wearing dental implants is to continue seeing your implant dentist in Lady Lake for regular checkups and cleanings. Even if all your teeth have been replaced by these permanent prosthetics, our team will want to examine your soft oral tissues as well as your dental implants to ensure everything looks healthy and in optimal condition. It is during these visits that we can recommend different techniques to clean your teeth as well as provide helpful tips should you have questions about your dental implants.

Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

Worried woman in need of dental implant salvage in Lady Lake

Dental implants are the most reliable and longest lasting tooth replacement option available. Thanks to their unique design and lifelike placement in the jawbone, they have an impressive success rate of 95% even 10 years after placement! Most patients can expect their dental implants to last a lifetime without any issues. However, there is always the remote chance of dental implant failure. While unlikely, it’s important to know what causes dental implant failure, what signs to look out for, and how we can help with dental implant salvage in Lady Lake.

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Dental Implant FAQs

Dr. Patel and Dr. Wadsworth are here to help you learn as much as possible about dental implants before you schedule an appointment to have them placed. You can ask any questions you want during your initial consultation, and you can always reach out to us over the phone if you think of something else that you want to know about the process. Below are some examples of questions that our patients often ask us along with some detailed answers to help you get started.

How Can Dental Implants Fail?

Dental implant failure is uncommon, but when it does occur, it can typically be linked back to either peri-implantitis or failed osseointegration. Peri-implantitis is actually a specific type of gum disease that can form around dental implant posts and slowly destroy the tissues holding the implant in place; it’s usually a consequence of poor oral hygiene or the use of tobacco. Failed osseointegration means that the implant has not fused with the jawbone like it’s supposed to, which could be the result of a certain health condition or an injury. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep the risk of implant failure to a minimum; we can give you some guidelines to follow for ensuring the success of your new teeth.

Will It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

While you may experience soreness for a few days after getting implants (which you can control using pain medication and cold compresses), dental implant surgery does not hurt. The jawbone does not contain many nerve endings to begin with, and your mouth will be numbed before beginning the procedure. If you have dental anxieties, sedation can be used, and that will further lower your body’s ability to register pain.

Will People Be Able to Tell I Have Dental Implants?

Very few people are able to tell the difference between a dental implant and a real tooth just by looking. Your final restoration will be expertly designed to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, making it look like it was always part of your smile. The average observer won’t even know you have dental implants unless you tell them; the implant posts will be completely hidden underneath your gums.

How Long Will I Have to Wait to Get Dental Implants After Tooth Extraction?

It depends on how healthy your jawbone is. Sometimes the dental implant can be placed immediately after a tooth is removed. However, in some cases we may recommend waiting about three to six months for the mouth to heal. You shouldn’t put implant placement off for too long, though; after a while the jawbone will start to shrink because it’s not receiving the stimulation that the natural tooth provided. We can give you a more precise estimate of how long you might have to wait for implant surgery after we evaluate your mouth and consider the various specifics of your case, such as any underlying health issues.

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