Dental Implants – Panama City, FL

Fully Restoring Your
Natural Bite and Smile

Even after your teeth have been replaced with dentures or a bridge, you’ll likely find that your smile still isn’t as comfortable and lifelike as you’d prefer. If you want a tooth replacement that comes as close to the real thing as possible, talk to Dr. Waheed about dental implants in Panama City, FL. These long-lasting titanium posts will make it look and feel like you’ve turned back the clock on your grin – to the point where it’s almost like you didn’t lose a tooth in the first place!

Why Choose Baldwin Family Dental for Dental Implants?

  • Complete Implant Service Under One Roof
  • High Quality, Long Lasting Restorations
  • A Dentist That Cares About Your Comfort

What is a Dental Implant?

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A dental implant is a post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. It’s usually made out of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. As such, it’s able to fuse with the surrounding tissue through osseointegration. Once it does, it can act as an artificial root for a crown or another type of restoration. In other words, dental implants don’t replace the entire tooth; they replace the root structure and support the prosthetic that you’ll use for biting, chewing, speaking, and smiling.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants may require more of a commitment than other forms of tooth replacement, but you’ll enjoy the advantages they offer for decades. Such benefits include:

  • The prevention of jawbone deterioration, which normally happens after natural teeth are lost.
  • Stable support for dentures so that they don’t loosen or slip.
  • A diet full of all your favorite foods.
  • Being able to brush and floss normally.
  • Implant posts that are built to last for decades and possibly the rest of your life.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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You need to be missing at least one tooth (or have a tooth removed) in order to be considered a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Waheed will also need to evaluate your oral health to decide whether any preparatory treatments are required, such as periodontal therapy to take care of existing gum disease. When the time comes to plan the actual implant procedure, the treatment will be altered slightly depending on how many teeth are missing.

 
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Missing One Tooth

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When there’s only one tooth that needs to be replaced, the math is fairly simple: a single implant for a single gap. A dental crown made out of dazzling, lifelike ceramic material will be used to cover the implant so that the new tooth blends in as perfectly as possible with the rest of your natural grin.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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A conservative number of implants can be used to replace many teeth at once. For example, if three or more teeth in a row have been lost, a dental bridge made up of two crowns and a number of prosthetic teeth can be supported by a pair of dental implants. Unlike a traditional bridge, implant bridges don’t require us to make any permanent changes to your remaining natural teeth.

Missing All of Your Teeth

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If you’re tired of dentures that constantly have to be adjusted or repaired, you can consider having them attached to implants. While some implant dentures are designed to be removable, in most cases they’ll be permanently fixed in place. Normally, the fewest number of implant posts required to support your dentures will be between 4 and 6.

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All-on-4 Dental Implants

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By replacing all of your teeth with the fewest number of implants, we can simplify the entire process and give your mouth a chance to heal much faster. The All-on-4 technique also offers better stability right away, to the point where it’s often possible to give you your temporary dentures on the same day as the appointment.

Mini Dental Implants

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Since mini dental implants don’t require as much bone density for support, they can be a viable option for anyone who has already experienced bone loss and doesn’t want to have bone grafting performed. Dr. Waheed can explain the difference between mini-implants and traditional implants during a regular consultation.

Start to Finish Convenience

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Some dental office need to rely on separate specialists to handle the actual placement of dental implants, but here at Baldwin Family Dental, we can handle the entire process from start to finish – from the initial consultation to the surgery to placing the final restoration. At no point will you have to head to an unfamiliar dental office and rely on a stranger for your care; everything will be in the hands of a team that you already know well.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Many people believe dental implants are out of their price range, but they are more affordable than you might realize. Various factors affect the cost of dental implants in Panama City because every smile is unique; however, we strive to keep them affordable for everyone. After examining your mouth, we’ll create a personalized treatment strategy and provide you with an estimate. A member of our team will review your financial options to complete your smile without draining your wallet.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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Replacing a tooth with a dental implant rebuilds both the root and crown. As a result, you’ll need a multi-step treatment process, which can take several months. You’ll have more time to pay for your new smile because you won’t have to come up with a lump sum. While every plan differs, you can expect your estimate to include:

  • Preliminary Procedures: It’s not uncommon to need a little prep-work before your placement surgery, like gum disease treatment or tooth extractions.
  • Placement Surgery: Sedation or anesthesia will be used to keep you comfortable during your placement surgery. Your implant dentist in Panama City can perform the entire process in-house, so you won’t have to pay specialist fees.
  • Restoration: The type of restoration you need will affect the cost, such as a single crown or implant bridge.
  • Materials: Although there are discounted materials, they can lower the lifespan of your investment.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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If you’re treating several teeth, each tooth isn’t replaced individually. Instead, a specific number of posts can be used to support a bridge or denture. You’ll need to pay for each part of the dental implant, which will include:

  • Post: A titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone to replicate a root.
  • Abutment: Each post requires an abutment to attach the restoration.
  • Restoration: Your restoration is made of high-quality material to match your natural teeth.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money  

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Dental implants in Panama City may cost more initially, but they are the most affordable long-term because they can last for decades. You won’t have to pay for replacements every few years like traditional prosthetics. Not to mention, they’ll reduce your overall oral health expenses. As the only treatment to replicate the root, a dental implant will keep your jawbone strong to avoid needing costly procedures in the future.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Every dental insurance plan differs, but most policies can be used to offset the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. You can use your coverage to lower the cost of certain steps in your treatment, like the consultation, imaging, or restorations. After meeting your annual deductible, your annual allowance can be used to pay up to 80% of specific services.

Making Dental Implants Affordable 

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Besides using your dental insurance, we offer multiple financial options to cover any remaining balance, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • In-House Savings Plan: Enjoy discounted rates after an annual membership fee.
  • Promotions: Ask us about any current special offers.
  • Third-Party Financing: Pay for your dental implants using monthly installments through a third-party financing company.

Dental Implant FAQs

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If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the solution you’re looking for. However, they are quite an investment, so it pays to be well-informed about the procedure. Here are the answers to some of the most popular questions we receive about dental implants in Panama City. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call! We’d be happy to walk you through the process and get you started with an initial consultation.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The lifespan of dental implants usually depends on the health and lifestyle choices of the patient. To ensure the implants last, it’s crucial that you brush twice, floss, and rinse on a daily basis. Attend your regular dental cleanings and checkups, and avoid chewing on anything particularly hard or sticky. With proper maintenance, dental implants can last for upwards of 30 years. That’s several times longer than traditional bridges and dentures.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The jawbone doesn’t have very many nerve endings, and your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You will also most likely be sedated, lowering your body’s ability to registry pain. Even though the surgery won’t be painful, your mouth may be sore for a few days afterwards. Take recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers as directed. Cold compresses can also help. If discomfort worsens instead of improving after two or three days, give us a call so we can help.

Will I Have to Take Off Work for Dental Implant Surgery?

Most patients only need to take one or two days off work to get dental implants. If your job is physically demanding, you should probably take at least three to four days off, as heavy exercise can divert blood from the implant site and delay healing. The being said, every case is different. We will be able to give you a more specific recommendation based on your unique case during your consultation.

Can I Get Dental Implants If I’m Diabetic?

If your diabetes is under control, your odds of dental implant success are generally comparable to those of nondiabetic patients. Uncontrolled diabetes can slow down the healing process, making it harder for your implants to integrate with your jawbone. If you are interested in getting dental implants but have diabetes, talk to your endocrinologist or primary care doctor about getting your blood sugar levels under control beforehand.

Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants

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With the potential to last for the rest of your life, dental implants are a gift that keeps on giving. However, this is only if they are cared for properly. With a few simple steps, you can safeguard your newly complete and healthy smile. Read on to learn some easy tips for dental implant care in Panama City.

Make At-Home Oral Hygiene a Priority

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Your first line of defense against implant failure is a good at-home oral healthcare routine. Make sure that you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to clean away infection-causing plaque and bacteria. It’s a good idea to invest in an electric toothbrush, especially if you have issues with dexterity. For an added layer of protection, use a non-alcoholic mouthwash to clean hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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When it comes to your oral health, what you eat matters. Dental implants allow you to consume a wide range of foods, giving you the ability to enjoy a delicious and nutritious diet. However, be careful not to overindulge in hard, sticky, or extra sugary foods. These items can potentially damage your implants, plus they increase the risk of problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Instead, try eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin C to keep your jaw, teeth, and gums as healthy as possible.

Break Bad Habits

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Dental implants have a success rate of 95% even after 10 years, but some bad habits can lead to their failure. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than speaking and eating. Don’t chew on nonfood items and do your best to avoid things like ice cubes that could crack your teeth. Additionally, it’s vital that you stop smoking or using tobacco products. Tobacco slows down the healing process and encourages infection. There are many cases of implant failure due to tobacco use because it weakens the strength of the gums.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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Dental implants are durable and designed to last for over 30 years. That said, they are not indestructible. It’s up to you to protect them during sports or physical activity with a mouthguard. We have custom mouthguards that are comfortable to wear while also reducing the risk of dental injury. Additionally, if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), it’s important to wear a nightguard. This prevents abnormal wear and tear on your restorations while also relieving pressure on your jaw.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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Last but not least, don’t forget to visit our implant dentist in Panama City for routine checkups and cleanings every 6 months. This gives us a chance to monitor your dental implants, catching any small problems before they become major issues. These appointments also allow our hygienists to clean areas of your smile that you couldn’t reach on your own, keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful. Additionally, this is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the maintenance of your implants.