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Rebuild Your Smile with Dental Implants in Palm Beach Gardens

Dental implants in Palm Beach GardensDo you have missing teeth? Are you missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or maybe even all of them? If you are, you know the multitude of daily struggles they can bring. Simple things like speaking and eating become uncomfortable, and you’re constantly self-conscious that people will notice them. They can also impact your oral health and lead to a cycle that only brings about more tooth loss. Thankfully, Dr. William Ma, your dentist in West Palm Beach Gardens, knows exactly how to stop all of these problems: dental implants. They are the most comprehensive and advanced tooth replacement option available today, and they can provide you the long-lasting and natural looking solution you have been searching for. Before we tell you about how they actually work, let’s learn a little bit more about the doctor who can give you your smile back.

Meet Your Implant Dentist

Dr. William Ma received his dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry where he garnered multiple awards. He opened up his own private practice in 1996 and has been serving the residents of Palm Beach Gardens since. Despite his years of experience, he frequently takes continuing education courses to enhance his understanding of implant dentistry. He is proud to be able to offer the complete procedure at his practice so he can ensure the quality of care his patients receive.

What Are Dental Implants?

Your tooth is composed of two main parts: the root and the crown, and most restorative procedures only replace the crown. While this restores a tooth’s aesthetic, it doesn’t replace the vital support the root supplies to the jaw. This support is essential to your jaw’s ability to hold your teeth in place. Once it is gone, the bone simply deteriorates, and over time, teeth begin to fall out much more easily.

Dental implants go a step beyond most procedures and actually replace the entire tooth from root to crown. A new, titanium tooth root is placed into the jaw to provide a secure foundation for your smile and give your jaw the strength it needs to stay healthy over time. This is something you can only get with dental implants.

This root can then be topped with a multitude of restorations that can replace a single tooth, a row of missing teeth, and even an entire arch. They have an extremely high success rate (95%), and with regular oral hygiene and dental check-ups, have been shown to easily last for 30 years.

What is the Procedure to Get Dental Implants?

When you come in to see Dr. Ma, he’ll start by giving you an oral exam. In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you need two main things: decent overall health and enough jawbone to support the implants. For people suffering with extensive tooth loss, their jaw may be too thin and brittle to do this, but oral surgery can be used to correct it.

After you have been approved, the procedure will involve 3 main steps:

  • The implant(s) will be surgically placed into your jaw by Dr. Ma.
  • You will be given 4-6 months to heal and allow the implant to bond to your jaw.
  • You’ll return to have the implant(s) restored.

Unlike many other dental practices, Dr. Ma can actually perform both the placement and restoration himself, saving you the hassle of shuffling between two doctor’s offices. The procedure itself only requires local anesthesia to be completely painless, and any lingering soreness can usually be managed with over-the-counter medication. The 4-6 month period is mostly to allow time for a process called osseintegration, during which the titanium roots naturally bond to the surrounding jawbone. This is what makes dental implants the most stable solution available. Depending on how many teeth you need replaced, Dr. Ma can offer you a variety of restorations.

How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Teeth

  • Single Tooth: For this, Dr. Ma will place a single all-porcelain crown onto the root using a connector called an abutment. Dental porcelain has the advantage of being just as strong and durable as metal while also being able to completely mimic a tooth’s natural appearance.
  • A Row of Teeth: Dental implants can be used to support a bridge. In addition to being much stronger than traditional bridges, they also don’t require that the adjoining teeth be filed down to accommodate crowns. This means you can restore your smile while preserving more of your natural teeth.
  • An Entire Arch of Teeth: For this, there are a multitude of options:
    • Implant-Retained Dentures: Multiple implants can support a set of dentures. These dentures have a more secure hold than traditional ones, maintain their fit longer, and allow for a much stronger bite force. Often, these are the last set of dentures our patients ever need.
    • Mini-Dental Implants: These implants are much smaller than traditional ones and can be used to support a set of dentures for a person lacking enough jawbone to support regular implants. They also require less recovery time and can be restored much faster.
    • All-On-4: Using 4 strategically placed implants, this method can often be used to give a patient a new arch of teeth in just one day.

As you can see, no matter what your smile needs, dental implants can help. Dr. Ma will discuss all of your options when you come in for your initial consultation so you can be confident in how you choose to restore your implants.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

If you’ve done any research on dental implants, you’re probably very aware that they are an investment in your smile. However, when considering the long-term, dental implants are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options available.

The typical price for replacing a single tooth with an implant crown is about $2,000. While this might sound like a large amount, considering that implants last for decades, it is actually quite affordable compared to other tooth-replacement options. The cost to get a tooth restored with a porcelain crown without a dental implant can easily be around $2,000 on its own. For a traditional dental bridge, that cost is $500-$1,200 per tooth. A complete set of dentures usually costs about $1,300. While these all might sound cheaper than dental implants, bear in mind that all of them will probably need to be replaced within 10 years or less, while dental implants easily last for decades and many times never need to be replaced. 

Also, because Dr. Ma can perform the entire procedure himself, he is able to offer significantly lower fees than other practices. He can even offer financing and has a plan where a patient only needs to pay about $200 a month. All in all, we will always work with you to make sure dental implants fit easily into your budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is a dental implant? What is it used for?

A dental implant is a complete tooth replacement solution that can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire mouthful of teeth. It consists of a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw to provide the base for a variety of restorations that can fill in the gaps in a person’s smile.

2.  How can I get dental implants?

The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ma. This will give him the chance to examine you and determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.

3.  What is the procedure like to get dental implants?

While many other dentists may refer you to a specialist for the first part of the dental implant procedure, Dr. Ma has received extensive training so he can perform it himself and save you time.

First, he will place the implant(s) into your jawbone, and then he’ll give you 4-6 months to heal. This time will also allow the implants to naturally bond to the surrounding bone, making them extra secure. Afterward, you’ll return to Dr. Ma so he can restore the implants using a variety of restorations.

4.  Does the placement procedure hurt?

Local anesthesia will be used during the procedure, and this is usually all it takes for it to be relatively painless. Afterward, any lingering discomfort can usually be easily managed with over-the-counter medication.

5.  How many teeth can dental implants replace?

Dental implants are extremely versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth, a row of teeth, or an entire arch.

6.  How long does it take to get dental implants?

From your first consultation to your implant restoration, including the healing period, the entire process usually takes about 4-6 months, but this can vary greatly depending on your particular situation. For example, with mini-dental implants or All-On-4, this timeline is greatly reduced.

Have Any Questions?

Dental implants are simply the best way to replace your missing teeth when it comes to durability, longevity, and aesthetics. If you’re tired of dealing with your missing teeth, you no longer have to because dental implants can give you your smile back.

If you’d like to know more about getting dental implants in West Palm Beach Gardens, be sure to contact our office today. We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have.