The Benefits of Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

Lifelike Look and Feel

Dental implants are rooted in your jawbone. This means that restorations like implant-supported dentures look and feel more secure than conventional prosthetics. Once your implants are healed, you can care for them just like your natural teeth

Jawbone Protection

On their own, dental crowns, bridges, and dentures can help you fill a gap left behind by missing teeth. However, dental implants are the only way to help maintain a healthy bone structure by sending regenerative signals to the jaw every time you eat and speak. 

Unparalleled Longevity

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness estimates that 95 to 98 percent of implants are successful for over 50 years after placement. 

How do dental implants work? 

Illustration of implant-supported crown and denture

Posts are placed directly in the jaw and then a restoration is attached with abutments, or connector pieces.

But Don't Dental Bridges Serve the Same Purpose as Dental Implants?

Before the widespread use of dental implants, doctors typically used dental bridges to replace gaps left behind by missing teeth. However implant-supported restorations offer benefits that dental bridges do not. Implants eliminate the need for resizing adjacent teeth, which is typically needed to accommodate dental bridges. Dental implants also function like tooth roots and deliver regenerative signals to your jawbone, helping you preserve a healthy and youthful jawbone structure. 

For this reason, Dr. Edwards and many other professionals recommend dental implants for all patients with missing teeth. 

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? 

Requirements for Dental Implants

If you are interested in dental implants, oral and maxillofacial surgeon Jason Edwards and his surgical team will thoroughly evaluate your oral and overall health to determine whether you are a good candidate. Certain factors can interfere with the success of dental implants, including: 

Poor Jawbone Strength

When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, your jawbone almost immediately begins to recede. Although patients with deficient bone tissue were previously considered ineligible for dental implants, procedures such as bone grafting and sinus lifts can restore your candidacy

Smoking

Smoking has been linked to many oral and overall health complications including an increased risk of implant failure. If you smoke, try quitting the habit for good to promote the success of your surgery and reduce your risk of other diseases. 

Gum Disease

If you have active gum disease, it will need to be treated prior to implant surgery. Like smokers, patients with gum disease carry a higher risk of implant failure. A dentist or periodontist can perform gum disease treatment to restore your oral health prior to implant surgery.

What can I expect during the procedure? 

How long will it take to restore my smile? 

The Length of Treatment Varies from Patient to Patient

In general, treatment timelines can span several months. After your initial consultation, you can expect: 

Imaging

Our practice is equipped with all-digital imaging including a cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner to assess the health of your smile and precisely plan your surgery. 

Preparatory Procedures

If you need a tooth extraction, bone grafting, or sinus lift in preparation for dental implants, our surgical team can perform these state-of-the-art procedures in our office. 

Surgery

Depending on the complexity of your case, Dr. Edwards may perform guided surgery. For particularly complex cases or anxious patients, we are fully certified to perform general anesthesia. 

Healing and Recovery

With proper care, most patients heal over the next three to six months. During this time, you will typically be given a temporary restoration to wear. 

Abutment Placement

Once your implants are fully fused with your surrounding jawbone, you will be ready to receive your abutments in a second minor surgical procedure.

Permanent Restoration

Dr. Edwards will work with your dentist to provide a custom crown, bridge, or denture that completely restores the look and function of your smile

What about the results

Although the dental implant process can span several months, the results of treatment are well worth the wait. Your new restoration will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. If you opted for implant-supported dentures, you no longer have to worry about your restoration slipping or making noise when you eat. You can continue to eat your favorite foods and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your restoration is securely anchored in place. 

See the difference dental implants can make...

Before and after dental implants Before and after dental implants

Maintaining the Results of Your Procedure

With proper care and routine visits to your dentist, dental implants can last a lifetime. To reduce the risk of complications and ensure the long-term success of your implants, we recommend that you: 

  • Do not smoke 
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Visit your dentist once every six months 

How much do dental implants cost? 

The Dental Implant Cost Varies from Patient to Patient

One of the main concerns that patients have is the cost of dental implant treatment. 

But it is impossible to provide an exact cost without first evaluating the condition of your smile and deciding what treatment will work best for you. At Advanced Oral Surgery of Tampa, we are happy to offer free second opinions for implant patients. If you are looking for an implant dentist and have seen other doctors for your case, we will gladly see you free of charge

In most cases, we can provide you with concrete costs during your consultation. 

Are there certain factors that influence cost? 

The Cost of Treatment Will Depend On Several Factors

Number of Missing Teeth

The cost of materials typically rises with the number of implants you require. A single implant will be much less expensive than a full arch of teeth. 

Condition of Your Smile

Before your implants can be placed, your smile will need to be healthy. If you have gum disease or other health problems, these will need to be treated prior to implant surgery. This can add to the final cost of your treatment. 

Condition of Your Jawbone

If you have some degree of bone loss and need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift prior to receiving dental implants, these preparatory procedures will add to the overall cost of your treatment. 

Type of Sedation

If you have a particularly complex surgery, difficulty sitting still, or are afraid of the dentist, investing in sedation may be the right choice. However, it will add to the final cost. 

How am I going to pay for dental implant treatment? 

Flexible Financing Options Tailored to Your Needs

Because dental implants are considered a more cosmetic treatment choice, they are generally not covered by your insurance. But Dr. Edwards and his team want every patient to have access to the lifetime benefits of dental implants. We offer various financing options and can help you create a customized, staged treatment plan that works with your budget. Our financing options include: 

Scared of the dentist or worried about undergoing surgery? 

Vital Surgical Planning

 

Precise Planning Can Reduce Your Level of Discomfort

Dr. Edwards performs virtual surgical planning (VSP) to better anticipate your unique needs and minimize the risk of complications during the procedure. Additionally, planning every surgery digitally and prior to your procedure ensures: 

  • Faster surgery 
  • Expedited healing 
  • Fewer incisions and invasive alterations 

If you are still nervous about your upcoming surgery, we can discuss your sedation options with you during your consultation. Our surgical team is extraordinarily trained and can administer intravenous (IV) general anesthesia. By controlling the level of sedative administered intravenously, we can offer light, moderate, and advanced sedation. Patients can be totally asleep during treatment and wake up with a brand new smile

Worried that it's too late to replace a missing tooth? 

Many Adults Suffer from Missing Teeth

Missing teeth infographic

*According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

The American College of Prosthodontics estimates 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and over 36 million adults do not have any remaining teeth

Missing teeth are unfortunately common. But you do not have to let an incomplete smile continue to affect your life. Dental implant treatment is more accessible than ever before. Even if you have bone loss or are on a tight budget, we can design a custom treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. 

See What Previous Patients Say

"I was referred to Dr Edwards by my dentist. From the time I saw him and his stuff I knew I am in good hands. They treated me with amazing care and explaining every little detail to me and my surgery was painless. I was able to get my mouth back and they was able to save my tooth! Dr Edwards and his team is definitely someone you can trust and go to for your dental work."

Bibi R.

Expert Dental Implant Treatment Just a Short Drive from Brandon

Our Valrico office is just over three miles (less than a 10-minute drive) from Brandon, FL. We have many patients who make the short trip over to our practice to receive unparalleled dental implant care. Since Dr. Edwards is certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery, he can provide safe treatment and will work with your dentist to ensure the highest-quality results.

Besides the close proximity, why is it worthwhile to visit Advanced Oral Surgery of Tampa? 

Proudly Providing Exceptional Care to the Brandon Community

Extensively Trained Team

Dr. Edwards and his team are all extensively trained in a broad range of treatments including IV sedation, CPR, and surgical processes. Additionally, our treatment coordinators actively pursue continuing education opportunities to improve their skill set and the patient experience.

Patient-Focused

We treat our patients like family, so all aspects of our practice are tailored to provide you with the best possible experience. We will take our time to ensure that you are receiving the best solution for your needs. We have been serving patients in Brandon and surrounding communities for nearly a decade.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Our practice is fully digital and equipped with the latest technology. This benefits our patients at every stage of treatment. When planning your dental implant procedure, we can use our intraoral scanner and Digital Smile Design (DSD) technology for precise placement and lasting results. After implants are placed, we also use a mobile lab that allows us to provide your temporary restoration sooner.

We have many patients who are willing to drive half an hour or more...

A Loyal Patient Base

"Dr. Edwards is authentically caring, confident in his knowledge, and provided much more service than necessary. I would not hesitate to refer him to anyone or request his services if ever needed again."

Patricia S. from Plant City

Trust a Respected Oral Surgeon

Dr. Jason Edwards

In addition to dental implants, Dr. Edwards offers a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the: 

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons 
  • American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons 
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology  

Throughout treatment, he and his team encourage you to express your goals and any concerns about treatment to help us better achieve your goals. To schedule your dental implant consultation today, call us at (813) 452-6380 or send us an online message

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What a relief it was that Dr. Jason Edwards was able to treat me on an emergency basis on the same day I called!! Dr. Edwards put my mind at ease explaining his vast experience with this type of surgery. Janelle his nurse was so thorough and patient with my older mother (my ride home). I would highly recommend them to all my family and friends! Sharon L.

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What a relief it was that Dr. Jason Edwards was able to treat me on an emergency basis on the same day I called!! Dr. Edwards put my mind at ease explaining his vast experience with this type of surgery. Janelle his nurse was so thorough and patient with my older mother (my ride home). I would highly recommend them to all my family and friends! Sharon L.

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What a relief it was that Dr. Jason Edwards was able to treat me on an emergency basis on the same day I called!! Dr. Edwards put my mind at ease explaining his vast experience with this type of surgery. Janelle his nurse was so thorough and patient with my older mother (my ride home). I would highly recommend them to all my family and friends! Sharon L.