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Dental Implants
in Ponte Vedra, FL

Dental Implants
in Ponte Vedra, FL

At Woodling Oral Surgery in Ponte Vedra, FL, Dr. Woodling provides long-lasting durable solutions for tooth loss using dental implants. This innovative approach to tooth replacement mimics the appearance and functionality of a natural tooth. Dental experts frequently promote the health advantages of dental implants, as they help prevent bone loss and perform just like a healthy adult tooth. If you're experiencing missing, failing, or severely damaged teeth, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Tyler Woodling at our office located in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

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Why is an Oral Surgeon the best doctor for the job?

Oral surgeons are trained specialists in the placement of dental implants, and they have extensive knowledge of the oral and maxillofacial anatomy. They are qualified to perform more complex implant procedures that involve the bone, soft tissues, and nerves in the mouth and face.

In cases where there is insufficient jaw bone to support a dental implant, an oral surgeon, like Dr. Tyler Woodling, can perform bone grafting procedures to rebuild the bone before implant placement. In addition, oral surgeons can handle complications that may arise during or after implant surgery, such as infection or nerve damage.

 

Using an oral surgeon for implants ensures that the procedure is performed with the highest level of expertise, safety, and precision, resulting in a successful and long-lasting implant restoration.

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Implant Anatomy

A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped device made of biocompatible materials, such as titanium, ceramic or zirconia, that is placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. It consists of three main parts: the implant itself, an abutment, and a dental crown.

Dental implants are considered to be a highly successful and long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth, providing a durable and natural-looking solution that can help to improve oral health and quality of life.

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The implant is the portion that is surgically placed into the jawbone and serves as the replacement root for the missing tooth. Over time, the bone fuses to the implant in a process called osseointegration, creating a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Having a complete smile can improve your confidence and your ability to perform everyday tasks like biting, chewing, and speaking. Other benefits of having dental implants placed include:

Achieve Long-Term Results Dental implants provide a long-term solution to tooth loss, as the implant post fuses to the jaw bone. Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, implants do not need to be removed during meals or cleaning. Many patients even forget that they have implants!

Get Natural-Looking Replacement Teeth Restorative dentists custom-make the crown to match the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. The results are so natural-looking that it can be difficult for others to tell which tooth is the implant.

Preserve Jaw Bone When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone underneath can resorb over time. The implant post fuses to the jaw, providing the necessary stimulation during chewing to keep it healthy. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that offers this benefit.

Simple Care Routine Dental implants do not have any moving parts, and special rinses are not necessary. Simply practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, just like with your other teeth. Regular dental checkups are also essential for maintaining your dental implant.

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Types of Dental Implants

One major advantage of dental implants is that they are versatile. Your Oral Surgeon, Dr. Tyler Woodling in Ponte Vedra, FL, can customize the number and types of implants to suit your specific needs. The types of dental implants we offer at Woodling Oral Surgery include:

Single Implants Using a single dental implant post to replace a missing tooth is a common procedure that can be repeated as necessary throughout the mouth.

Immediate Implants If you’re having a tooth extracted and there is enough jaw bone, we can place an implant post into the empty socket during the same appointment.

Implant-Supported Bridges Traditional bridges can cause damage to adjacent teeth, but an implant-supported bridge uses dental implants as support, protecting surrounding teeth.

Full-Arch Restoration in Ponte Vedra, FL Ideal for patients with many missing or unhealthy teeth, this procedure involves using several implant posts to secure a fixed prosthesis, resulting in a fully functioning, secure smile.

Implant Surgery Process

Getting dental implants typically requires two or three office visits, depending on the number and type of implants you need. During the first visit, your oral surgeon will review your health condition, take 3D scans, and discuss treatment and anesthesia options with you.

The actual dental implant surgery usually lasts between 1 to 3 hours. After administering the anesthesia, your oral surgeon will lift the gum tissue and place the implant(s) into the bone beneath. The post(s) integrate with the jaw bone while you heal, creating a firm and secure foundation for your replacement teeth.

If your implants are immediate loading, your crowns will be attached using the abutments the same day or a day after your initial surgery. With traditional implants, we may provide temporary teeth while the implant sites heal. In either case, you will leave with a beautiful new smile. 

 

At Woodling Oral Surgery, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy and confident smile through our exceptional dental implant services. Dr. Tyler Woodling and our team are dedicated to providing you with personalized care and high-quality treatments to ensure your satisfaction and comfort throughout the entire process. Let us help you restore your smile and your confidence with our advanced dental implant solutions.

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Cost of Dental Implants

We use several factors to determine the cost of your dental implant treatment. These include the number and type of implants you need, if you require bone grafting or tooth extractions, your dental insurance, and your choice of anesthesia. Keep in mind that for most dental implant surgeries, patients undergo IV sedation.

Removable dentures and bridges may be cheaper upfront, but they can become costly down the road. You must replace these removable appliances every few years and clean them using special rinses. Because there are no pieces stimulating the jaw below the surface, you may require costly and extensive bone repair surgery to treat severe jaw bone loss. With dental implants, you avoid all of these issues and more. Your investment in your smile remains beneficial for years to come, and most importantly, you are able to smile with confidence again.

Q&A
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  • Do dental implants hurt?
    Oral surgeons are the only dental professionals qualified to administer all types of anesthesia. We will help you select the right type for your surgery complexity and level of anxiety. Many patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure, which renders a sleep-like state where you are unable to feel pain. Post-operative pain can often be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
    Patients with extensive jaw bone atrophy, suppressed immune systems, or those who take certain medications may not be suitable for dental implants. During your first visit, we will discuss your health history and determine which type of restorative treatment is right for you.
  • Can dental implants be done in a day?
    If there is enough jaw bone to support the implant, our oral surgeon, Dr. Woodling, may be able to insert an implant post immediately following a tooth extraction. This saves you time and money, and allows you to leave with a complete smile after just one surgical visit.
  • How long is recovery?
    Recovery is different for everyone, but most people feel ready to return to their normal routines within a few days. The implant site will need time to heal, so it’s important not to chew anything tough around where your implant was placed for a while. We will provide you a full explanation of your pre- and post-operative instructions to help you prepare for a speedy recovery.
  • Do you always need a bone graft when getting an implant?
    Bone grafting is the only solution to reverse dental bone loss and is typically required in one in every four dental implant patients.
  • What is the average lifespan of a dental implant?
    The average lifespan of a dental implant is anywhere from 10 -30 years. This means that most likely, depending on your age when you get an implant, it will last for the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement option has the ability to last that long.
  • What is the maintenance of dental implants?
    The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.
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Every patient is paired up with our treatment coordinator, who will be with you throughout the entire process and at every appointment with you! Not only will Dr. Woodling create a customized treatment plan just for you, but you will also learn exactly what to expect without having to worry about any surprise fees. 
 
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