Dental Implants

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

Many Greater Orlando area patients come to our Oviedo, FL, practice with one or more natural teeth that are missing due to tooth extractions, disease, trauma, or poor oral hygiene. Our husband-and-wife dental team regularly recommends dental implants, along with customized dentures, bridges, or crowns, to complete our patients' smiles. Implants are considered by dental professionals to be the most comprehensive and permanent restorative dentistry treatment available. These stunning before and after photos show the transformative cosmetic benefits of dental implants.
Yellow Teeth with tooth gap After Dental Implant Treatment
Before Implant Treatment
White Teeth After Dental Implant Treatment
After Implant Treatment

We're Oviedo's Place to Go For Excellent Dental Care


Lynn Jones

Oviedo, FL


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Dr. Ross and his staff are great, Dr. Ross has helped me through my process of implants. I would recommend Dr. Ross

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Lynn Jones

Oviedo, FL


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I love Alafaya Dentistry, Dr. Ross is great. Had dental implants done,. Does great work. I would recommend Dr. Ross,

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Stay With a Trusted Team Throughout Your Treatment

As you get to know our team, you'll learn that we care deeply about your wellbeing. We never want to judge — and in fact, we see it as a privilege to assist you on your journey.

We will do all we can to keep you comfortable and calm, from easy-to-understand explanations to calming sedation. This partnership also lasts throughout your treatment, as we keep you fully informed about all aspects of your care.

Our dentists pursue continuing education for many reasons, including passing that knowledge on to you. That way, you feel completely at-ease about the process.

If you're ready to explore your candidacy, contact our friendly Oviedo, FL, office or call:

(407) 365-6200

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Our husband-and-wife dentists in Oviedo bring compassion and kindness to all our patients, treating them just like family.

Begin Your Journey

Missing Teeth Are a Common Problem
With a Common Solution

There are more than 335 million people in America. Of that number, about 120 million are missing one tooth or more.* That means about 35% of our country's population has experienced the same problem you're dealing with now. Like many of them, you can find a lasting solution with dental implants.

The Many Benefits of Dental Implants

Our titanium and zirconia implants can improve your life and health once Dr. Ross surgically places them into your jawbone. Whether you are replacing one tooth or a full arch of teeth, implants are a worthy investment in your oral and overall wellbeing.

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.

Increased Self-Esteem

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.

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.

Long-Lasting Investment

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.

Discreet, Stable, and Natural-Looking Implant-Supported Dentures Blow Traditional Dentures Away

Many patients are worried about getting dentures because of the drawbacks they've heard about traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures, however, are completely different. Secured to your implant and abutment, they easily stay in place. They give you a new, healthy smile — and no one will ever know that you have dentures.

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.

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We Love Our Oviedo Patients And They Appreciate Our Care


Parker Brownell

Oviedo, FL


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I recently had a failure in my 25 year old permanent bridge. Dr. Ross explained options to me and I decided on implants. Dr. Ross is a consummate professional and perfectionist. The process was by steps and took a little longer than I would have liked but the end result is outstanding. I did some research and found out Dr. Ross is a highly rated implant provider. If I were to need any further implants (and I hope I do not) or any other dental needs, Dr. Ross would be my choice. BTW, his chair side manner and that of his staff is super and makes a dentist visit much more pleasant.

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Susan Sinacola

Oviedo, FL


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Alafaya Family Dentistry is exceptional and the best in Oviedo! I have been a client for a few years. I always feel I have received the best care. Dr. Schmitt along with Debbie, my Dental Hygienist are friendly, supportive and professional. They have an amazing team from check in to the completion of your appointment. Always feel comfortable and look forward to my routine appointments.

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A Look at The Dental Implant Procedure

This is a basic representation of how a dental implant and the restoration connector, called an abutment, are placed into your jaw by our highly trained dentist, Dr. Ross. Local anesthetic, and if requested, calming sedation such as nitrous oxide will keep you comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. Dr. Schmitt can begin work on crafting your high-quality, natural-looking restoration after surgery is completed.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Sufficient Jawbone Density

A healthy jaw is essential to support dental implants. If you've experienced jawbone atrophy due to tooth loss, you will need to get bone grafts to build up your bone structure.

Healthy Gums

Periodontal 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 Health

Dental 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 at our Oviedo practice.

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:

(407) 365-6200

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.
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.

1st Surgery

After advanced 3D imaging is done to determine jaw density and precise implant placement, Dr. Ross will make small incisions in your gums through which the implant will be placed into your jawbone.


During a healing period of about four months, your jawbone will literally fuse around the implant, anchoring it securely in place. This is known as osseointegration.

2nd Surgery

During this minor procedure, the abutment will be attached to the implant. Eventually, your restoration will be securely attached to the abutment. Your gums will need to heal over the next few weeks before the next step can be done.

Restoration Attachment

Now your permanent, customized crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to the implant, completing your smile. If you only need one porcelain crown to be attached to a single implant, it can be designed, crafted, and placed in about an hour with our in-house CEREC® milling machine.

What About the Cost Of Dental Implants?

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 several factors, including 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.

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Glowing Testimonials From Our Oviedo, FL, Patients


Cheryl-Anne Sadowski

Oviedo, FL


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My dentist Dr. Ross and his associates are the best! So gentle and focused on my dental care! They keep me healthy! I tell my friends to go to them whenever I can!

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Eric England

Oviedo, FL


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I’ve been coming to Alafaya Family Dentistry for a lot of years; never once have I left disappointed. The office is clean, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend Jessica and D.Ross over any dentist I’ve had in the past!

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Implants are one of the most important developments in dentistry, but we understand that many people suffering with tooth loss may be unfamiliar with this solution and have many questions about it. Our Oviedo dentists would love the opportunity to answer your questions during a consultation, but until then, we have provided answers to some of the questions patients ask most often:

What will it cost to restore my smile with dental implants?

There are virtually countless variables that can influence the cost of a dental implant treatment, making it difficult to answer this question without meeting you in person. During your consultation in Oviedo, we will gladly provide an estimated cost of treatment, and help you explore our low-interest financing options in detail.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Basic insurance plans do not cover dental implants or abutments, but most plans will contribute to the cost of your restoration (crown, bridge, or denture), as well as most general or restorative procedures you might need in order to prepare for implant placement.

Are dental implants painful?

Many patients are surprised to learn that dental implant placement can usually be performed using only local anesthesia. We can also provide nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation upon request. You can expect some swelling and discomfort for about three to five days after surgery, which can be controlled by taking over-the-counter pain meds and applying a cold compress. 

How long does dental implant placement take?

Surgery can take about one to two hours per implant. After placement, it takes about three to six months for your jaw to completely heal and allow your implants to support your permanent restorations.

What are dental implants made of?

Our practice provides two types: titanium and zirconia. Both are biocompatible, meaning they do not cause allergic reactions, and both materials can bond with your bone tissue for decades of stability. Titanium is exceptionally strong. Zirconia also has excellent strength, but is sometimes chosen because it is less visible in the gum tissue and helps create an exceptionally aesthetic result. During your consultation, we can help you decide which type is right for you.

Are dental implants worth it?

We invite you to explore our Google reviews to read what patients who have received implants from our practice say about their level of satisfaction with the procedure. Meanwhile, if you are tired of suffering with unstable dentures, missing teeth, and feelings of self-consciousness about the appearance of your smile, we invite you to get in touch with our Oviedo practice to learn more about what this treatment can do for you.

"Let’s face it, very few people LOVE going to the dentist, including me, but Dr. Schmitt and Ross are AWESOME! My whole family goes here (three boys and my husband) and we’ve all had nothing but great experiences." Suzanne Griffin, 5-Star Google Review
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Alafaya Family Dentistry

The team at Alafaya Family Dentistry strives to provide you and your family with personalized dental care focused on excellence and integrity. Our dentists are members of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American College of Oral Implantology
  • Academy of Bioesthetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Central District Dental Association
  • Dental Society of Greater Orlando 
  • Academy of Bioesthetic Dentistry

To schedule a consultation at our dental office serving Oviedo and Orlando, FL, contact us online or call (407) 365-6200.

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