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.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Because everyone has a unique smile, dental implant cost will vary from patient to patient. However, they are widely considered a worthwhile investment due to their benefits over traditional restorative options.

The cost of your treatment will depend on several factors including the number of missing teeth, the type of implants you choose, and the restoration size and materials. Our practice offers several financing options.

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 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? 

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.

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.