Dental Implants in Orlando, FL

Serving the Orlando, FL Community

Do missing teeth causing you discomfort and embarrassment?

Tooth loss can take a toll on you in numerous ways; chewing and speaking comfortably become a challenge, you have to adjust your diet because your teeth hurt when you eat certain foods, and you avoid certain social or business situations because you’re too embarrassed to smile confidently. But dental implants at our Orlando dental practice are a tooth replacement option that solves all these problems and has helped many of our patients enjoy an improved quality of life.

We want you to enjoy the confidence that comes with a whole and healthy smile, and dental implants may be the solution you need. Dental implants have been around for decades and have a reliable success rate as high as 95 percent. If you would like more information, check out the questions below or call Alafaya Dentistry at (407) 381-3000 to arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Gary Michaelson.

 

Why do dentists recommend dental implants to replace teeth?

In every way, dental implants are the next best alternative to natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium root replacement that provides stability for dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dr. Michaelson can place a single implant to support a dental crown or multiple implants as the foundation to replace multiple missing teeth a bridge or full or partial dentures.

Today, dental implants are the standard of care for missing teeth because they are the only solution that replaces the entire tooth, including the root. One benefit this offers is that it stabilizes the dental restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) to which it’s attached.

A common problem associated with tooth loss is the deterioration of bone in the jaw because there’s no root to stimulate healthy regrowth. But the implant takes up the work of the missing root to keep the bone in your jaw strong and healthy. And the healthy bone in the jaw not only supports the implant but also helps to stabilize neighboring teeth.

How does a dental implant work?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement that is made up of three separate parts

  • Implant post – This is a tiny titanium post that is placed surgically in the bone by Dr. Gary Michaelson. It is left to heal for several months while the biocompatible implant integrates with surrounding bone and tissue.
  • Abutment – The second piece is called an abutment, and it connects the implant to the restoration that restores function and appearance.
  • Restoration – After your implant heals, we attach a restoration. Such restorations include crowns, bridges, or implant dentures which will complete the smile and restore function.

Do you place dental implants at your office?

Dr. Michaelson has the necessary training to handle the entire process for you, from the placement of your final restoration right here at our Orlando dental office. He has committed to advancing his knowledge in this area by participating in many hours of continuing education and specialized training throughout his career.

What's the process like for placing an implant?

The first step is for Dr. Michaelson to evaluate your gum and bone structure in the area where we plan to place the implant. We have partnered with a mobile imaging company that comes right to our office to do a 3-D CT Digital Imaging scan.

The resulting 3-D image shows us all the structures that support your teeth and allows us to plan the precise placement of your implant. This pre-planning results in a less invasive procedure and shorter healing times overall. You can learn more about the benefits of CT Digital Imaging here

It takes Dr. Michaelson about an hour to place your implant during a comfortable procedure at our Alafaya dental office takes about an hour. Most patients report little discomfort during and after the procedure.

How long does it take for a dental implant to heal?

It typically takes four to six months for the implant to integrate fully with the bone and tissue in your jaw. As it heals, bone builds up around the implant, which provides enough strength and stability to withstand chewing forces of the jaw. Throughout this period, Dr. Michaelson continually monitors the healing process.

Once the implant heals, we add an abutment – that is the piece that connects the implant to your new restoration. Since Dr. Michaelson handles all stages of the implant process, you can be confident of receiving high-quality care in a familiar location with a dentist you already know and trust.

After the implant has integrated fully with your jaw bone, we will talk to you about which type of restoration will best fit your needs, restores function, improve your appearance, and boost your self-confidence.

Who is a good candidate for a dental implant?

The best candidates for implant dentistry are patients who have adequate and healthy jaw bones to hold the implant securely in place. Dr. Michaelson will use digital 3-D imaging to evaluate the area in which we plan to place the implant.

However, all is not lost if Dr. Michaelson determines that you don’t have enough dense bone to support the implant. Bone grafting is a straightforward procedure that allows us to build up the bone and make it possible to place a dental implant.

Will my implant feel like a real tooth?

Your dental implant is as close to a natural tooth as possible in form, function, and feel. Since the implant post integrates with bone and tissue in your jaw, you won’t feel much difference in the sensations between it and a natural tooth.

What are implant-supported dentures?

One of the most common concerns with dentures is movement when speaking, eating, or even laughing. If you would like added stability for your dentures, we recommend using dental implants to hold them securely in place.

We place the implants at strategic points along your jaw, and your new denture is fabricated with attachments that snap securely onto the implants. The denture can be completely retained, stabilized, and supported by the implant. No more worries about the embarrassment of dentures that don’t stay in place! 

How should I care for my dental implant?

One of the best things about implants is that they cannot decay like natural teeth. However, taking care of your implants is just as important as your natural teeth. You have made a significant investment in dental implants, and it is an investment worth caring for.

Your restoration won’t decay, but the metal surfaces of the implant are still susceptible to plaque buildup, bacteria, infection, and bone loss if you don’t care for it correctly. Routine dental exams and cleanings give Dr. Michaelson an opportunity to check your implant and restoration and provide hygiene tips to protect them.

After we place your restoration, our team will explain in detail how to clean and care for your implant to protect it.

How long do dental implants last?

You will eventually need to replace your restoration, but with proper care, your implant should last a lifetime. The greatest threat to the longevity of your implant is gum disease that compromises the structures that supports it.

Follow the instructions of your hygiene team for keeping your gums healthy and keep up with preventive exams and cleanings every six months. We want to help you get the most out of your investment, so don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions.

How can I tell if I'm a good candidate for a dental implant?

If you are dealing with tooth loss and want to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant, please call our Orlando dental office to arrange a commitment-free consultation. We’ll be happy to arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Michaelson.