Dental Implants – Jacksonville, FL

The Last Tooth Replacement You’ll Ever Need

Thanks to dental implants, dentists like Dr. Schumacher are finally able to turn back the clock for tooth loss. Rather than giving you a prosthetic that relies on your gums or remaining teeth for their stability, he can give you new teeth that sit within your jawbone just like your natural ones. The end result is a prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing, and it can be trusted to last multiple times longer compared to regular bridges and dentures. Are you ready to put your tooth loss behind you? If so, call us today to learn more about dental implants in Jacksonville, FL.

Older woman with beautiful smile after dental implant tooth replacement

Why Choose James L. Schumacher
for Dental Implants?

  • Entire Implant Procedure Performed In-House
  • CBCT Scanner Ensures a Smooth & Successful Treatment
  • Pankey Institute Educated Dentist

What is a Dental Implant?

Animated parts of a dental implant supported replacement tooth

A dental implant is actually a small, titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to simulate a missing tooth root. There, it will meld with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration. Once this is complete, the implant can be topped with a crown, bridge, or denture to restore the visible portion of a tooth. This two-part construction perfectly mimics real teeth and gives implants a strength and durability that can’t be matched by other options.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

model of how dental implants work in Jacksonville

The unique structure of dental implants enables them to deliver benefits that other options cannot. However, the treatment process requires several steps; it may take a few months or longer until you can take full advantage of your new teeth. On the bright side, Dr. Schumacher can perform every step of the dental implant process right here in our office. This saves you a great deal of time and money compared to most general dentists, who have to refer their patients to specialists for certain steps of the treatment. Our team will discuss the process in greater detail during your consultation, but here is a basic rundown of how dental implants work in Jacksonville.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

dentist showing a patient their dental X-rays

This first visit gives you the chance to talk about your tooth replacement options with Dr. Schumacher. After examining your mouth, he’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. He’ll also outline the steps you can expect throughout the treatment, including an estimated timeline.

Some patients might not be good candidates for dental implants right away, but that can change. Certain preparatory procedures might be necessary beforehand, such as gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, or a bone graft to strengthen a jawbone that has deteriorated after tooth loss. Once these procedures are completed, we can schedule your dental implant surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

dentists performing dental implant surgery

As a highly trained implant dentist in Jacksonville, Dr. Schumacher can surgically place your dental implants himself. As a result, you can stay with the dental team you already know and trust every step of the way.

The surgery is fairly straightforward. Dr. Schumacher numbs your mouth (and may also administer sedation to ensure you’re comfortable) and makes small incisions in your gums to access your jawbone. The implant posts are inserted at precise locations and angles, and caps are placed over them to protect them throughout the healing process.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

single dental implant in the upper jaw

Over the next three to six months, the remarkable process of osseointegration will occur. Because dental implants are made of biocompatible materials like titanium, they are able to merge with your jawbone, essentially becoming part of your anatomy and fulfilling all of the functions of tooth roots. Osseointegration is what allows dental implants in Jacksonville to become such a reliable foundation for your new teeth.

After this process is complete, we’ll typically perform another minor surgery, during which the tops of your implants are exposed and abutments are placed. Abutments are metal fixtures that allow us to secure your restorations.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

dentist placing a crown on top of a dental implant

Once you’ve finished healing, you’ll return to our office to have your custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture anchored onto your implants. Thanks to the high-quality materials that we use for these restorations, no one should even be able to tell that they’re not your “real” teeth!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Closeup of smile after dental implant tooth replacement
Stability:

You don’t have to worry about implanted teeth shifting while speaking or eating because they are firmly held within your jawbone.

Bone Preservation:

Dental implants are currently the only tooth replacement that can stop or even reverse the bone loss that develops after tooth loss. This protects the remaining teeth and helps preserve the overall shape of the face.

Longevity:

The average lifespan of a dental implant is 30+ years (removable bridges and dentures typically last only 5-10 years max)

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Man sharing healthy smile after dental implant tooth replacement

One of the best things about dental implants is that they are so versatile. Dr. Schumacher can use them to replace one, multiple, or even all of the teeth with a single procedure…

Missing One Tooth

Animated dental implant supported dental crown

An implant root can be positioned between two healthy teeth and topped with a porcelain crown. This approach is more conservative compared to getting a bridge because the adjacent teeth don’t have to be shaved down to make room for the prosthetic.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge

Rather than using one implant per missing tooth, just two implants can serve as the foundation for a bridge or partial denture. These prosthetics are fixed, meaning they are extremely strong, plus you don’t have to take them out to be cleaned and maintained.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated dental implant supported denture

With just four to six implants, a full denture can be attached directly to the jawbone that fits better and provides more bite strength than a traditional prosthetic. Dr. Schumacher can even upgrade a patient’s current denture so that it fits over implants, dramatically increasing its stability.

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Dental Implant Technology

CBCT scanner in dental office, a piece of dental implant technology

Dr. Schumacher’s skill and extensive training will help you to enjoy a smooth and comfortable dental implant procedure. However, the dental implant technology in Jacksonville in our office will also play a role in your treatment outcome. Read on below to learn more about how specialized tools — specifically, our CBCT scanner — can make your experience as low-risk as possible.

3D Cone Beam Imaging/ 3D CT Scanning

Patient positioned in CBCT machine, ready for scan

When our team is planning for your dental implant treatment, it is pivotal that we are able to gain a thorough understanding of your oral structures. A traditional digital X-Ray can reveal much about your teeth and jaw, but it does not provide the high level of detail that we need to accurately plan your procedure. That is why Dr. Schumacher has invested in a CBCT scanner.

What Is a CBCT Scanner?

Results of dental CBCT scan on computer monitor

A CBCT canner, which may also be called a cone beam scanner or a 3D CT scanner, is similar to a normal X-Ray in that both machines use radiation to produce images. However, a CBCT scanner uses a cone-shaped beam of radiation that allows an implant dentist in Jacksonville to acquire a 3D, highly detailed reproduction of your mouth. Not only does the scan show your teeth and jaw, but it also shows nerves and connective tissues.

Why Is a CBCT Scanner Important or Dental Implant Treatment?

Dental patient admiring the results of her dental implant treatment

Successful dental implants in Jacksonville depend largely on accurate placement. Each implant should be inserted at the correct location, angle, and depth. Without this precise placement, there is a heightened risk of complications and future dental implant failure. The CBCT scanner plays a large role in treatment planning minimizes such risks.

Additionally, the scanner can reveal whether your jawbone is strong enough and healthy enough to support dental implants. This ensures that there will be adequate implant-to-bone contact for successful osseointegration.

After dental implant placement, the CBCT scanner can continue to be useful. It can let our team see how well the implants have integrated with your jawbone. If you ever have any concerns about the health of your dental implants, the CBCT scanner can allow us to determine what is causing the problem.

Benefits of Our CBCT Scanner

Senior dental patient smiling after successful dental implant treatment

Our CBCT scanner offers some remarkable benefits to patients, including:

  • The scanning process usually takes less than one minute.
  • Scans are completely painless and noninvasive. All you have to do is stay still while the machine does its work.
  • Although the CBCT machine emits more radiation than a traditional X-Ray, it uses less radiation than a regular CT scanner that you would find in a hospital. It is very safe for the vast majority of patients.
  • Many practices do not have an in-house CBCT scanner, so they have to refer patients to a nearby office. Since we have a machine, you won’t have to worry about going anywhere else for necessary scans.

Would you like to learn more about the advanced technology in our office and the role it can play in dental implant treatment? Get in touch with us today to ask questions or schedule a consultation!

Cost of Dental Implants

Dental team member providing patient with information about the cost of dental implants

Because the dental implant procedure has to be personalized for every patient, the cost is always different. How many implants you need, where they will be located, and what type of restoration they will support can all affect the final price. We’ll go over all this information with you when you come in for a consultation, and we’ll also discuss how you can use insurance and financing to make your treatment easily affordable.

Dental Implant FAQs

smiling young woman talking to her dentist

Are you getting fed up with the inconveniences of missing one or more teeth? Dental implants in Jacksonville can transform your smile and your overall quality of life by boosting your confidence and allowing you to eat all of your favorite healthy, chewy foods with ease. However, chances are you have some questions that need to be answered before you begin this treatment. While Dr. Schumacher will happily answer any of your questions during your consultation, we’ve included the answers to a few that we get asked the most often.

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

Having your gums opened up and titanium posts inserted into your jawbone may sound like it would be painful. However, most patients are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the procedure is. If you’ve ever had a tooth extracted, you can often expect your dental implant surgery to feel similar.

Dr. Schumacher always makes his patients’ comfort his top priority. That’s why he’ll be sure to administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before the surgery begins. We even offer sedation options to help nervous or anxious patients relax, making their procedures a breeze.

What Is the Recovery Like After Dental Implant Surgery?

It depends on how many implants you are receiving. If you’re only getting one, then you may be able to resume your normal activities the day after your procedure. However, if you’re getting several, you might need to take a few days off of work to rest at home.

No matter how many implants you’re receiving, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, eat soft foods, and brush and floss gently near the surgical site for the next few days. Also, avoid smoking and drinking through a straw, as those motions could dislodge the blood clot forming over the site, resulting in pain and slower healing. Lastly, avoid strenuous physical exercise, because it diverts blood from the implant site and slows the healing process.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

The dental implant procedure has been mastered over the past four decades. When placed by a skilled implant dentist in Jacksonville like Dr. Schumacher, your implants should be completely safe. After all, they are made of biocompatible materials that integrate well with your existing anatomy. Your dental implants should present a safe and long-lasting solution to tooth loss.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Various studies have found that dental implants have a success rate of 95% to 98%, even after 10 years or longer. However, there is still a slight risk of dental implant failure, especially if you partake in unhealthy habits like smoking. During your initial consultation, Dr. Schumacher will discuss your candidacy for dental implants and how you can minimize your risk of implant failure by keeping your smile healthy.