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smiling older manPatients who have lost teeth don’t have to give up their hopes for an amazing smile. Dental implants are replacement teeth that closely imitate the structure and appearance of natural teeth. They have a 98% success rate, and with the proper maintenance, they can easily be expected to last for 30 years or more. When it comes to rebuilding the smile, dental implants are simply in a class of their own, and now you can get them right here with your dentist in Lutz, Dr. Nelson.

What Are Dental Implants?

model of dental implantsA dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. Implants are the only treatment that can replace the entire structure of a tooth, and this creates a more natural appearance in addition to establishing an extremely firm foundation for the new teeth.

What is the Procedure Like?

dental implant component partsWith implant therapy, a local specialist will surgically position the dental implants within the jaw using a precise treatment plan. The bone will naturally fuse with the posts to form strong roots so they can support the permanent prosthetics that will be attached above the gum line. Once your mouth has healed, Dr. Nelson will place a porcelain crown, bridge, or denture on the posts so you can once again enjoy your favorite crunchy foods and smile with confidence.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

happy mature coupleDental implants can help restore any number of missing teeth, and no one is ever too old to get them. In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient needs to have three basic things:

  • Good dental health (as in no outstanding cavities or gum disease)
  • Stable overall health
  • A strong and thick jawbone

If a patient is lacking any of these requirements, it can actually compromise the implant placement procedure. Dr. Nelson can help address any dental problems himself, and he can refer a patient to a local specialist to receive a bone graft if their jawbone is too thin or brittle to support dental implants as is. For a general health issue, he will refer a patient to their family doctor.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of a complete dental implant treatment can vary widely from person to person depending on their specific situation. Certain factors that can influence the cost of a dental implant procedure include how many implants a patient needs, whether they require any preparatory procedures before placement (such as a bone graft), and if they have any insurance coverage.

Dr. Nelson and our team can give you a better idea of the potential cost of your particular procedure when you come in for an initial consultation. We’ll also help you explore your financial options so we can find a plan to make your treatment fit easily into your budget.

Come Get Your New Smile

Call our Lutz dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nelson to discuss dental implants. We serve patients from New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Land O’Lakes, and the surrounding areas with exceptional care. Let us help you achieve the solid, healthy smile you deserve.