Dental Implants — Satellite Beach, FL
Renewing Your Smile for Life
While missing teeth can be embarrassing, they don’t just damage your pride or your smile; they can also be detrimental to your oral health. Your jawbone will start to break down, and your other teeth will start to shift out of position, which leads to further problems and – eventually – more tooth loss. As a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Merrill A. Grant can fully restore your smile and your confidence with high-quality dental implants in Satellite Beach.
Why Choose Merrill A. Grant DMD for Dental Implants?
- Complete Every Step of Dental Implant Treatment In-House
- Dentist is a Member of the AAID and ICOI
- Multiple Flexible Dental Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
When you’re looking to replace teeth, dentists often recommend dental implants over more traditional options for one specific reason: they mimic teeth almost exactly. This is thanks to the titanium post that integrates with your natural bone and replaces your root, offering many benefits you won’t find with bridges or dentures alone. Chewing feels more natural and your tooth replacement is substantially more reliable, no matter what lifestyle you maintain. When you want a replacement tooth that does more than simply look good, but feels good too, dental implants are by far the gold standard.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
Some dentists only place the prosthetic tooth on the implant; they’ll refer their patients to a specialist for the surgery to put the implant posts in the jaw. Why do all that extra traveling when the entire process can be done under one roof? Dr. Grant has years of experience placing dental implants and topping them with a dazzling restoration. This way, the procedure is more convenient for you, and you’ll be able to rest assured that you’re getting top-quality care from a dentist in Satellite Beach that you know and trust.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Replacement Tooth Root: The dental implant is placed in the jawbone and acts as the “root” of a restoration. They’ll stimulate the bone to help it retain its density while also providing stability for your new tooth.
- Natural Appearance and Function: The restoration will blend in with your other teeth, renewing your smile’s natural appearance. And since dental implants have improved chewing power compared to other restorations, you’ll be able to eat and drink anything you want.
- Long-Lasting: A well-cared for implant can last for 30 years or even a lifetime without needing to be replaced.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No matter how many missing teeth you have – whether it’s just one or an entire arch – dental implants can potentially be the solution. The number of implants and the prosthetic they support will be different depending on your needs.
Missing One Tooth
A single dental implant can take the place of one tooth. After the placement surgery, we’ll allow a few months for the titanium implant post to fuse with the bone. (This is called osseointegration.) After that, we’ll put an abutment on top of the implant and use it to attach a beautiful crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
You don’t always need an implant for each individual tooth. If there are three or more teeth in a row missing, a bridge supported by two dental implants can fill the empty space. Bridges typically rest on natural teeth, which requires the removal of some enamel, but that’s not a problem when dental implants are used.
Missing All Teeth
Traditional dentures sit on the gums, but over time they may stop fitting properly and slip when you’re speaking or laughing. Dentures can be anchored by four to six dental implants instead, providing extra stability and security. You also won’t need to worry about removing your dentures in the evening.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
When you compare dental implants to other tooth replacement options, there are a quite a few differences. One of the most prominent ones is cost. Because of the materials used and the surgical training required to place them, dental implants naturally come with a higher price tag than traditional options. However, Dr. Merrill A. Grant doesn’t want you to have to settle for the less beneficial solution just because it costs less. That’s why our team will work with you to determine how you can afford this life-changing treatment. To learn more about how you might be able to afford them, give us a call.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Getting dental implants takes several appointments spread out over the course of a few months to a year. Your payment can be broken up accordingly. Since Dr. Grant has undergone advanced implant training, he can perform every step of the treatment right here in his office, saving you the costs of seeing an outside specialist. Some of the steps may include:
- Initial consultation
- Preparatory work, such as bone grafting, gum disease therapy, or tooth extractions
- Surgical implant placement
- Installation of abutments (metal connectors)
- Design and placement of final restorations
How Dental Implants Pay for Themselves Down the Line
Dental implants may cost more than traditional bridges and dentures, but they offer unparalleled benefits. Because they’re surgically embedded in your jaw, they’re sturdy enough to let you chew all of your favorite foods. You won’t have to worry about them slipping. Plus, they can last for 30+ years with the right maintenance. In fact, you may end up saving more in the long run since you won’t have to spend money on repairs and replacements like you would with alternative options.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Many dental insurance companies didn’t initially cover implants, but more of them are beginning to offer at least partial coverage. Even if your insurance won’t pay for the implants themselves, they might mitigate the cost of other portions of the treatment, such as your consultation or restoration.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
If you’re uninsured, or you need additional assistance funding your new smile, our practice has financing options. We can help you apply for a low-interest loan through companies like CareCredit and Prosper Healthcare Lending.
Dental Implant FAQs
Getting dental implants is by far the best way to revitalize your smile after tooth loss. This sturdy solution can last for decades to come. However, before you make this investment, we understand that you may undoubtedly have some questions. We’ve answered the questions we get asked the most often down below. If you have a question about dental implants that you don’t see answered somewhere on this page, feel free to give us a call and ask!
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Most patients later inform us that there was little to no discomfort during their implant placement procedure. Your dentist in Satellite Beach will make sure to use plenty of local anesthetic in the area so you are numbed up beforehand. As with most kinds of oral surgery, you can expect to deal with minor swelling and soreness for a few days after getting your implants. This can be easily managed as long as you take your prescribed pain medication or apply a cold compress to the area.
Am I Too Old or Too Young for Dental Implants?
The great news is that there is no such thing as being too old for dental implants. We have had many elderly patients replace their loose-fitting dentures with an implant restoration with virtually no problems. Sometimes you may have to undergo a bone graft first to ensure your jawbone is strong enough to support implants, but after that, you should be good to go.
On the other hand, it is possible to be too young for dental implants. We generally don’t recommend that children get implants, as their jaws are still growing. Since we don’t want to interfere with that development, we usually suggest that young patients with missing teeth wait until they’re at least 18 years old to receive implants.
What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?
When properly maintained, dental implants have a success rate of more than 95%, even after 10 years. The reason for this high rate of success is because they fuse with your jawbone, essentially becoming a part of your own anatomy. If you take proper care of your implants with daily brushing and flossing and biannual checkups with Dr. Grant, your implants can last for several decades and maybe even the rest of your life.