Dental Implants in Fleming Island, FL
Doctors Lake Family Dental provides dental implants in Fleming Island, FL. Call 904-264-6700 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth because they are the only option that addresses tooth loss both above and below the gum line. A typical dental implant restoration has three parts: the dental implant itself, which is implanted into the jaw, the restoration that replaces the teeth, and an abutment that connects these two pieces.
Dr. Dayn Boitet is one of the premier dental implant specialists in Jacksonville, making Doctors Lake Family Dental a destination for patients who need dental implants. He was hand-selected and personally trained by the inventor of dental implants, Dr. P.I. Branemark, and was the first general dentist to be elected as the president of the Academy of Osseointegration, an international dental implant organization. Over the years, Dr. Boitet has provided over 9,000 dental implants, which means he has the knowledge and expertise to handle even the most difficult cases.
Types of Dental Implants
When we talk about dental implants, we’re talking about several different types of restorations, all anchored in place by implants. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or all of your teeth, there’s a dental implant option for you. Our services include:
Single-Tooth Dental Implants
When only one tooth needs to be replaced, a single-tooth dental implant is an excellent alternative to a traditional bridge, as it doesn’t place any stress on neighboring teeth. This type of restoration is very similar to the structure of a natural tooth, with the dental implant replacing the root and an implant crown restoring the tooth above the gum line.
Implant-Supported Dentures and Bridges
If you have several teeth in a row that are missing, we can use dental implants to support a bridge that replaces them. For patients who have lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures are a solution that looks, feels, and functions more like your natural teeth than traditional dentures. There’s no need for denture adhesives with implant-supported dentures and you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods with your dentures firmly secured in place. Implant-supported bridges and dentures prevent bone loss in the jaw, which weakens your bite and causes a prematurely aged appearance.
What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?
Because of the natural look and feel of the porcelain and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.
A traditional bridge uses teeth on either side of the gap where teeth are missing for support. An implant supported bridge uses two or more dental implants rather than the adjacent teeth. When a bridge uses natural teeth for attachment, the natural teeth must be prepped for crowns and are then subject to increased stress which may be damaging - particularly if the existing tooth, roots, or surrounding bone structure are already compromised. A dental implant supported bridge replaced your missing teeth and avoids putting any additional stress on your natural teeth.
Why should I consider implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures?
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process can also help prevent future bone loss.
We use CEREC technology to craft highly realistic crowns right in our office. If you already have dental implants and you need a new crown or bridge, we can make and place them in a single reservation, so there’s no need for a temporary restoration or multiple visits.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are a non-smoker in overall good health, with no signs of gum disease and sufficient bone mass in the jaw, you are a great candidate for dental implants. If you’ve experienced bone loss, no worries—we can discuss strategies to restore your jawbone to prepare it for implant surgery.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
Getting dental implants is no more uncomfortable than any other dental procedure—the area where we’re working will be thoroughly numbed, so you won’t feel any pain at all, although you might feel sensations of pressure and movement. Once you leave our office and the local anesthetic begins to wear off, you’ll start to experience some swelling and tenderness, but this can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Some dental insurance plans cover part of the costs involved in getting dental implants, but it’s rare for them to cover all of the costs. In some circumstances, your health insurance might provide coverage as well. Our team is happy to help you understand your benefits.
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
No, but we do offer safe oral sedation dentistry to help you relax during the procedure. If you’re nervous about getting dental implants, ask us about our Comfort Menu when making your reservation.