Restore Your Smile with Dr. Milsap
Dental implants are the only permanent replacement for missing teeth. A single-tooth implant consists of a titanium post that’s placed in your jaw, a small connecting piece called an abutment, and a stunning porcelain crown on top.
If you’re missing multiple teeth, we can top your implant with a multi-tooth bridge or even a full-arch denture. No matter which solution you choose, Dr. Milsap will customize it to look natural and blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a range of unique benefits that other tooth replacements can’t match. Some of these include:
- Natural appearance
- Restores full chewing function
- Resistant to infection
- Easy to maintain
- Stimulates healthy jawbone growth
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
The Dental Implant Process
Dr. Milsap will complete your dental implant treatment in just three steps:
- Initial Consultation — Your dental implant journey begins when you schedule a consultation with Dr. Milsap. During this visit, he’ll evaluate your health and determine if dental implants are the ideal option for you.
- Implant Placement — Once he determines you’re ready, Dr. Milsap will place the titanium implant post directly in your jaw. You’ll need to allow four to six months for your implant to fully heal and integrate with your jaw. This process is called osseointegration and it’s the key to your implant’s success.
- Final Restoration — After osseointegration is complete, you’ll return to our practice so Dr. Milsap can attach the abutment and top it with your replacement tooth. At this point, all that’s left to do is enjoy your beautiful new smile.
Dental Implant Candidacy
Any patient who wants an attractive, permanent tooth replacement may be a candidate for dental implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Milsap will thoroughly evaluate your oral health to determine if you’re an immediate candidate.
An ideal candidate for implants has a strong jawbone and healthy gums. If you suffer from jawbone deterioration or gum recession, Dr. Milsap will recommend one or more supplemental procedures to prepare you for implant placement. These can include bone grafting, soft tissue augmentation, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental implants last?
How long your implant lasts primarily depends on you. With proper care, your implant can last a lifetime.
How much do dental implants cost?
The average cost for a single tooth is $3,000 to $4,500, but this can vary significantly based on the nature of your case and which restoration you choose.
How do you take care of your implants after the procedure?
For the first week after surgery, limit your diet to soft foods and clear liquids. To reduce inflammation, rinse your mouth out after meals with warm salt water. You’ll also need to avoid spitting, using a straw, drinking alcohol, or smoking for at least a few days.
After your surgical site has healed, you can care for your implant just like a natural tooth. Simply brush and floss every day in addition to visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
Are dental implants safe?
Not only are dental implants safe, they’re the only tooth replacement that stimulates jawbone growth to protect your long-term oral health.
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
Unfortunately, most insurance plans don’t cover dental implants. You may be able to get a portion of your treatment covered depending on the terms of your plan.
What do I do if there’s a complication with my dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of 98%, so it’s very unlikely you’ll have any issues. In the event of a complication, it’s crucial that you don’t try to handle it yourself. Contact our office right away so Dr. Milsap can assess the situation and provide an effective solution.
Visit Dr. Milsap for Dental Implants
If you want to restore health and beauty to your smile, dental implants are the solution you’ve been waiting for. Contact one of our two locations in the Fort Myers area to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Milsap. It’s the first step to your new smile.