Missing teeth can do more than leave visible gaps in your smile. They can also cause jawbone shrinkage, speech problems, and chewing issues.
Our Oviedo, FL, dentists, Drs. David Ross and Karen Schmitt, can replace missing natural teeth with dental implants and restorations.
Do you want to complete your smile and improve oral functions? Learn how dental implants from Alafaya Family Dentistry in Oviedo can help.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are artificial tooth roots that are constructed of either ultra-strong titanium or zirconia. They are placed into your jaw where a tooth or teeth are missing. This virtually painless surgical procedure can be performed by Dr. Ross at our state-of-the-art Oviedo, FL, practice.
Eventually, customized restorations such as crowns, dentures, or bridges will be firmly attached to the implants, completing your smile and restoring important oral functions that can affect your health and quality of life.
Our Dentists Can Transform Your Smile with Implants
The Many Benefits of Dental Implants
Restore Your Appearance
When teeth are missing, your face can look sunken and aged. Restorations attached to implants fill out your cheeks, which can make you look younger and healthier.
Many people with missing teeth feel awkward about smiling or talking in public. After implants and restorations complete your smile, your self-confidence during personal or professional interactions can be greatly improved.
Better Oral Health
Jawbone tissue can shrink and weaken where teeth are missing. And teeth on either side of a gap can literally shift out of place. Implants encourage strong jawbone tissue growth, and once restorations are attached, keep adjacent natural teeth from moving out of place.
Better Oral Functions
Oral functions like speaking clearly and chewing properly depend on having a complete set of healthy teeth. Implants with restorations can improve these functions.
Superior Denture Stability
Although we offer traditional, removable dentures to replace missing teeth, they can fall out when you eat or talk. Implant-supported dentures stay put, so you no longer need messy adhesives to keep them in place. You also don't take them out at night for soaking.
Helps You Eat Better
Missing teeth can make eating nuts, raw veggies, and crunchy fruits difficult and even painful. Restorations attached to implants can give you the security to enjoy a healthier variety of foods.
With proper oral hygiene, your implants can last a lifetime, while your high-quality restorations can last well over a decade. This can save you money over the long run.
A Healthy Smile Can Equal a Healthy Life Contact Alafaya Family Dentistry About Dental Implants
Dental implant treatment may cost more than other tooth replacing options, but your smile and quality of life are definitely worth the investment. Drs. Ross and Schmitt will work with you to develop a customized implant plan that can improve your oral and overall health as well as the function and appearance of your smile, without taking a big bite out of your bank account.
And since Drs. Ross and Schmitt can expertly perform all aspects of your dental implant treatment themselves, you do not need to spend precious time and money at the practice of an outside specialist.
Our skilled, compassionate dentists and our entire dental team want to help you overcome years of neglecting your smile, restore your self-esteem, and provide you with permanent solutions for your dental needs. Remember, just one missing tooth can negatively affect your smile's form and function. So contact our Oviedo, FL, practice for a free dental implant consultation either online or by phone today.
We Love Our Patients and These 5-Star Reviews
Over the past few months I have become a "regular" at Alafaya Family Dentistry because I chose to have some restoration work with Dr. Schmitt. Dr. Schmitt developed a care plan and we discussed what options were available that I could fit within my budget and get the results I was looking for. Every single person at this practice treats me with kindness and compassion. The office is clean, the equipment and technology is current, and they are punctual. I would absolutely recommend Alafaya Family Dentistry for general and cosmetic dental work.View on Google
WHAT A WONDERFUL PRACTICE!!! SO PROFESSIONAL. THE FRONT DESK IS VERY ATTENTIVE AND MADE ME FEEL ABSOLUTELY COMFORTABLE. I LOVE DR.ROSS SO FUNNY AND DR.SCHMITT WAS SOOOOOO THOROUGH. OVERALL, MY EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT. I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS AND I WILL BE BACK TO FINISH UP ALL MY TREATMENT!!View on Google
A Look at The Dental Implant Procedure
Candidates for Dental Implants
Sufficient Jawbone DensityA healthy jawbone is essential to support dental implants. If you've experienced bone atrophy due to tooth loss, you will need to get bone grafts to build up your bone structure.
Healthy GumsPeriodontal disease and gum recession can both affect the results of the dental implant process. It's important that patients have healthy and sufficient gum tissue going into treatment.
Good Overall HealthDental implant patients should be in good enough health to undergo oral surgery without putting their well-being at risk. We can discuss any wellness issues during your consultation.
Bone Grafting and
Sinus Lift Surgery
If you have experienced bone loss due to missing teeth, you may need bone graft surgery before getting dental implants. Sinus lift surgery can also be performed for patients receiving dental implants where their upper molars used to be. Note that bone grafting will add a few additional months to the implant treatment timeline.
"Like most people I dread having dental work. I've had a wonderful experience at Alafaya Family Dentistry. During the past year I've had extensive work done of a tooth implant and replacing old, deteriorating mercury fillings with new fillings or capping several teeth that required that. Dr. Ross is quite the perfectionist--in the best way! No pain during the procedure or afterward. I'm quite pleased with the results and so glad my son and his family found Alafaya Family Dentistry and referred me to them too." Phyllis Hall, 5-Star Review
Find Out If Dental Implants Are Right for You Contact Our Orlando-Area Practice Today
Titanium or zirconia implants may be just what you need to restore the appearance and health of your smile. If you are missing teeth and live in the greater Orlando area, Drs. David Ross and Karen Schmitt can help. For more information about dental implants and if they are right for you, contact Alafaya Family Dentistry online. You can also reach our dentists in Oviedo, FL, by phone:
Dental Implant Surgery Steps
Once numbing anesthetic, and if needed, comforting sedation, have been administered, the procedure can begin:
If you're receiving an implant-supported crown, the restoration can be designed, crafted, and placed in about an hour with our in-house CEREC® milling machine.
What About Dental Implant Cost?
Dental implant treatment does require a significant but important financial investment in your oral health and quality of life. It is important to know that dental insurance rarely covers the actual surgery, though it usually covers some of your restoration fees. Our staff will work to get you the maximum coverage possible.
The final cost will be determined by the number of implants and restorations you need, fees for digital X-rays and 3D jawbone scans, and if extractions, gum disease treatment, or a bone graft are needed to prepare your mouth for implants. Also, some implants do not include the cost of the abutment.
Our dentists want to make your dental implant treatment as affordable as possible. Therefore, we happily offer financing through CareCredit® and Lending Club®. These trusted lenders break down out-of-pocket costs into low-interest monthly payments that are based on your individual budget.
More Glowing Testimonials From Our Oviedo, FL, Patients
Best dental group in Oviedo. Staff is pleasant, professional and efficient. Dr. Ross does a thorough evaluation and offers your treatment options without any pressure. Would recommend this group very highly.View on Google
One of the most professional, safe and welcoming businesses I’ve been to. They spent time with me examining my mouth and explaining my options. They are one of the only bioesthetic dental offices in Florida.View on Google