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