Dental Implants – Vero Beach, FL

Reliable Roots
for New Teeth

The big difference between traditional tooth replacements and real teeth is that normal prosthetics do not have roots. This means they’re generally not as strong or stable as your natural teeth, and they can’t be used to prevent bone loss. Dental implants change this, however, as they can fulfill the same functions as tooth roots, allowing them to set a new gold standard in replacing teeth. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about the process of getting dental implants from our Vero Beach, FL dentist.

Why Choose Ocean Oaks Dental Group for Dental Implants?

  • Expert Dental Implant Planning
  • Rapid Prototyping for Ideal Fit
  • Fabricated On-Site for Ideal Color Matching

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a thin post shaped like a screw. Most dental implants are made out of titanium, but other biocompatible materials may be used based on the patient’s needs. What makes dental implants different is that they are placed in the jaw so that they can fuse with the bone; in other words, unlike bridges and dentures, implants can effectively become part of your body, making them feel and function more like real teeth.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Dental lab technician crafting dental implant supported restoration

The first step is the initial consultation where we examine your mouth and jaw to confirm whether you are currently healthy enough for dental implants or if certain preparations need to be made first. We can refer you to an oral surgeon who can place the implants during the second step of the process. The third step is waiting for osseointegration to take place before attaching an abutment. Then, as the final step, a custom restoration will be connected to the implants

3D Imaging & Custom Surgical Guides

Dentist pointing to 3 D surgical guide

While we do not place dental implants ourselves, we do play a role in planning the procedure. With 3D imaging, we can create custom surgical guides based on virtual models of your teeth. Showing exactly where the implants need to be inserted helps the surgeon avoid complications such as damaging unseen nerves around the surgical site. We only work with surgeons that agree to use our custom guides to ensure the best possible results for our patients.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Older woman smiling with grandchild and enjoying the benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are very easy to take care of on a daily basis, giving you the freedom to eat virtually anything you want, plus they prevent your new teeth from slipping at inopportune moments. Also, they promote a strong jawbone and healthier lifestyle by allowing you to maintain a nutritious diet. The success rate of dental implants is as high as 95 percent, and their lifespan is normally around 30 years or longer.

Who Can Dental Implants Help? 

Older couple smiling after dental implant tooth replacement

Are dental implants right for you? In most cases, they probably are, but we do need to make sure that you qualify for the treatment. That means having a jawbone capable of supporting the implants, a mouth that is free of gum disease, and overall health that will allow you to undergo implant surgery. Once we’ve determined that you can receive implants, we can start discussing the number of implant posts you’ll need and the type of restoration they’ll support.

Missing Single Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

Obviously, a single missing tooth only requires one implant to replace it. It will take a matter of months for the implant post to join with the jawbone; once it has, a dental crown can be made in our dental lab based on an impression of your fully healed mouth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smiling during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Dental bridges can replace three or more teeth in a row, and they usually only require two dental implants for support. Normally, bridges are placed on natural teeth, but using dental implants instead lets you keep the enamel on your natural teeth fully intact while still enjoying the benefits of stable new teeth.

Missing All Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

People who are frustrated with traditional dentures that don’t seem to stay in place may want to think about switching to implant dentures. Around 4 to 6 implant posts are usually employed to support an entire arch of teeth. By getting dentures that are permanently attached to the posts, you can enjoy a stability that is much more similar to real teeth.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental team member and patient reviewing the cost of dental implants

The amount you end up paying for dental implants is not set in stone. In fact, it can vary quite a bit depending on the situation. A patient receiving a single dental implant immediately after an extraction can expect a different price than a patient that requires multiple implants and a bone graft. We will discuss these variables with you during your first consultation and explain why dental implants are worth the investment in the long run.