Dental Implants – Vero Beach, FL

Long-Lasting, Natural-Feeling Replacement Teeth

Of all the options you have for replacing your missing teeth, dental implants are by far the most lifelike. While dental bridges and dentures can be designed to mimic the appearance of your original teeth, dental implants take it one step further by also feeling as if you’d never lost any teeth in the first place. They can also last much longer than other tooth replacements. We’re able to perform every step of the dental implant process here at Cromer & Cairns Dental, so call us to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Julie Cromer for dental implants in Vero Beach!

Why Choose Cromer & Cairns Dental for Dental Implants?

  • FREE Dental Implant Consultation
  • Entire Dental Implant Treatment Completed In-House
  • On-Site Dental Lab for Convenient, Customized Prosthetics

What Are Dental Implants?

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Simply put, dental implants are small posts that replace the roots of your lost teeth. These posts can be made from various biocompatible materials, but we prefer zirconia. After the implants are surgically placed into the jaw, they bond to the surrounding bone tissue, creating a firm foundation that can support any number of prosthetic teeth for many years (if not decades or a lifetime) to come.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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  1. Initial consultation – You’ll first meet with Dr. Cromer, where she’ll have the chance to evaluate your candidacy for dental implants.
  2. Dental implant surgery – Dr. Cromer partners with an expert periodontist, Dr. Justin Schwartz, who carefully positions the implant posts into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure.
  3. Osseointegration – You’ll wait about four to six months for the implants to integrate with your jawbone.
  4. Restoration – We complete your grin by placing your customized dental crown, bridge, or denture atop your implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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We often recommend dental implants because of their numerous distinct advantages over conventional dentures and dental bridges, which include:

  • The potential to last for decades or even a lifetime with proper care.
  • Stimulation for your jawbone, preventing it from breaking down as it normally would following tooth loss.
  • Renewed biting strength, letting you dig into all of your favorite foods with ease.
  • Replacement teeth that will never slip or fall out of your mouth due to being firmly rooted in your jaw.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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No matter how large the gaps in your smile are, there’s a high likelihood that dental implants can fill them. By recreating the entire structure of the teeth, dental implants can bring back any number of lost pearly whites, making practically any healthy adult with missing teeth a good candidate. Once Dr. Cromer has confirmed you’re eligible for dental implants and determined the number of teeth you’re missing, she can plan out your treatment accordingly.

Missing One Tooth

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To replace a single missing tooth, we can attach a custom dental crown on top of an implant post that has been vertically positioned into the space. The crown will be meticulously crafted to blend in with the nearby teeth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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If you’re missing several teeth in a row, then all it takes is just two implants (each one placed at one end of the gap) to support a dental bridge that far exceeds its traditional counterpart in strength and longevity. Plus, implant bridges don’t rely on your natural teeth, so they’re the healthier and more conservative choice.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants doesn't have to cost you an arm or a leg. Various factors affect the cost of dental implants in Vero Beach, but they are the most affordable solution overall. Our office offers various financial options to keep a complete smile within your budget. We will create a personalized estimate and a member of our dental team will explain the fees, so you'll know exactly what you'll have to pay before committing to anything.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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You don't have to pay for the entire procedure all at once. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant requires several steps that can take many months. You can pay for each phase of your treatment separately. Although every situation differs, you can expect your estimate to include:

  • Consultation: You'll require a visual examination and your dentist will review a CT scan of your oral structures to ensure you're a candidate for dental implants.
  • Preliminary Treatments: It's not unusual to require a little prep work before your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or bone grafting.
  • Placement Surgery: Sedation or anesthesia will be used to keep you comfortable while your implant dentist in Vero Beach surgically places posts into your jawbone to serve as new tooth roots.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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In addition to each step of your treatment plan, you'll also need to pay for your dental implant, which involves 3 components:

  • Implant Post: Titanium posts are placed into your jawbone to act as new tooth roots.
  • Abutment: Each implant post will require an abutment, which is a special feature to connect your restoration.
  • Restoration: Depending on the number of teeth you are missing, you'll require either a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

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Dental implants are the most cost-effective solution for treating tooth loss because they have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the right care, like brushing and flossing. You'll never have to budget for replacements. Not to mention, dental implants also improve your oral health, so you're less likely to need costly procedures later. You may pay more initially, but dental implants will help you save money down the road.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Your dental insurance may pay some of the expenses for certain steps in your treatment, like your consultation, diagnostic services, and preliminary procedures. After meeting your annual deductible, your dental insurance may cover some of the expenses for your restoration. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits to lower the amount you will pay out-of-pocket.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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Our office offers many solutions to keep dental implants in Vero Beach affordable for everyone, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all traditional payment methods, including cash, credit cards, and checks, for your convenience.
  • CareCredit Financing: Based on your credit approval, you can benefit from little or no interest in financing. You can pay any out-of-pocket expenses using a monthly payment plan.
  • In-House Membership Plan: By joining our in-house membership plan, you can benefit from discounted services.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Tooth loss can be detrimental to your life, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, we offer dental implants to help restore a complete and fully functional smile. Of course, even after reading the information above, it’s completely normal to have questions about the process before moving forward with it. For your convenience, we’ve compiled answers to some frequently asked questions below. Should you not find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us for personal assistance!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

On average, dental implants can last 30+ years. However, that’s contingent upon the patient's health and lifestyle choices. To maximize the longevity of your new smile, you need to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash.

Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings is also crucial. It’s strongly advised that you refrain from chewing on excessively hard or sticky substances, and avoid using teeth as tools. Compared to traditional solutions like bridges and dentures, implants often have a much longer lifespan.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

It shouldn’t! Before the procedure begins, your mouth will be numbed using a local anesthetic. The jawbone contains minimal nerve endings, reducing the likelihood of sensation. Additionally, you will likely receive sedation, which diminishes your body's pain perception.

While the surgery itself should be painless, you will likely experience some soreness in your mouth for a few days following the procedure. You can manage it by taking prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. Applying cold compresses can also provide relief. If the discomfort worsens instead of improving after two or three days, let us know!

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

Although it’s rare, dental implant failure generally occurs due to one of two reasons: peri-implantitis or failed osseointegration.

Peri-implantitis is a gum disease that occurs due to inadequate oral hygiene, leading to damage to the bone and gums that support the implant. In some cases, the implant may fail to integrate with the jawbone, especially if the patient initially had low jawbone density.

Other potential causes of dental implant failure include chronic teeth grinding, tobacco usage, poor oral hygiene, certain medications, certain health conditions (i.e., diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, autoimmune disorders), and more. Rest assured – we will provide you with guidelines to minimize the risk of implant failure.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?

For the first few weeks following surgery, you should steer clear of hard-to-chew foods and avoid consuming alcoholic, sugary, or acidic beverages. Do not use a straw!

Once you recover, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of foods similar to what you could eat with natural teeth. However, exercise caution with certain foods (such as chewy or sticky candies) as they have the potential to loosen or dislodge your restoration.