While there are various options for people with missing teeth, none has proven as effective or durable as dental implants. Dr. Alexander offers dental implants in Jacksonville, FL to his patients as a permanent and natural-looking option for tooth loss. Whether you need a single dental implant for one lost tooth or multiple implants for a row of missing teeth, Alexander & Greenburg Dentistry can help you!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that look and feel like real teeth. A dental implant can replace a missing tooth or many lost teeth. A dentist can place one implant to restore a single missing tooth or multiple implants to secure a fixed bridge or denture.
The dental implant consists of three parts:
- A bio-compatible titanium post that will act as the tooth’s root. It has a larger-diameter end to help anchor it in place.
- An abutment that will hold the restoration to the post. The abutment connects the crown to the post and acts as a support for the implant.
- A restoration is either a dental crown, bridge, or denture. If you are getting a single implant, you will get a crown.
Are Implants Right For You?
Most patients will qualify for dental implants. To be a candidate for dental implants, you need to be in good health and have enough bone to support the implant. You also must commit to taking care of your dental implant and keeping it clean. Sufficient jawbone structure supports the implant, so it lasts a long time.
If you have suffered bone loss due to missing teeth, Dr. Alexander may recommend bone grafting to ensure the success of your dental implant. You need to have a healthy jaw bone and a good oral health foundation for this restoration to succeed and get you back to normal life.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- Dental Implant FAQs
- Our Dental Implant Procedure
- Implants vs. Dentures
- The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Types of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
The Dental Implant Procedure at Alexander & Greenburg Dentistry
Dr. Don Alexander offers comprehensive dental implant treatment options in Jacksonville. Alexander & Greenburg Dentistry will handle the procedure’s pre-treatment planning and implant restoration parts. Our office partners with select periodontists and oral surgeons for the surgical step of the dental implant process.
How Long Does the Process Take?
The dental implant procedure generally requires two or three visits to the dentist, mostly to our Jacksonville dental office. However, it takes several months to complete the treatment plan.
Dr. Alexander will prepare your treatment plan and coordinate the dental implant surgery with a local specialist in Jacksonville, Florida. In some cases, we can immediately complete the implant with a dental crown, bridge, or denture. In other instances, we will place a temporary restoration while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
It typically takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone fully. Dr. Alexander will perform the final implant restoration in our dentist office.
Dental Implant Questions & Answers
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants varies based on the location of missing teeth and the number of implants you need. Your overall dental health will also impact the cost of dental implants. Dr. Alexander will review all of your options and the procedures’ costs before treatment.
We offer complimentary consultations for all dental implant procedures. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your options and the individual cost of implant treatment without any obligations.
Will dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
Dental insurance does not cover most dental implant procedures. However, we will still submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to help you maximize your reimbursement. If cost is a concern, Dr. Alexander can help you with a payment plan or phased treatment options.
What is the best choice for missing teeth?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution in dentistry. Dental implants are the best solution for many patients, but that may not be the case for everyone. When trying to decide between getting dental implants vs. bridges or dentures, there are a number of factors to consider. Dr. Alexander will walk you through all of the options and help you choose which is best for you.
Dental implants are the best choice for so many because they offer a long-term, worry-free solution for missing teeth. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. A dental implant gives you the most lifelike replacement for a lost tooth, with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently and without restrictions.
How long do dental implants last?
You can expect dental implants to last a lifetime with proper treatment planning and routine care. Patients should not smoke or use tobacco, visit the dentist regularly, brush twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
Choosing Dentures vs. Implant-supported Dentures
The Implant Denture Solution
An implant-supported denture is an exciting option for many denture wearers or patients who are at risk of losing all their natural teeth. Just like a traditional denture, an implant-supported denture, also known as an All-on-four implant denture, will replace all of the missing teeth. However, we permanently secure it with just a few strategically placed dental implants.
Are All-on-four Implant Dentures Right For You?
To be a candidate for implant dentures, you must have the sufficient bone structure to support the implants. You will also need to be in overall good health. In special cases, we can convert an existing denture into an implant-secured denture.
Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation
At Alexander Dentistry, we offer free consultations for dental implants! This is a great opportunity to visit our Jacksonville dental office, meet Dr. Alexander and find out if dental implants are right for you. We will review the entire process, have all your questions about dental implants answered, and review the cost of your implant procedure.
Our staff can discuss dental insurance benefits and help you determine your financing options. Call 904.901.4302 or schedule a consultation online.