Vero Beach Dental Implant Dentist

Dental implants are really popular, and for good reason. Not only do they look and function just like real teeth but they’re also designed to last a long time too. So if you have a tooth that is beyond repair or you lost a tooth in an accident, your dentist might recommend getting an implant to restore your beautiful smile.

A dental implant is made of three equally important pieces: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. In the first step of the procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. After placement, the titanium implant begins to fuse with the jaw bone. This process, called “osseointegration,” creates a firm connection between the bone tissue and implant and takes approximately six weeks. The next step is to fit the abutment over the part of the implant that is exposed above the gum line. Finally, the crown, the piece that looks like a natural tooth, is placed over the abutment.

Traditionally, patients had a tooth replaced with a fixed bridge or removable bridge (partial denture). Crown and bridge treatment is still a common procedure Dr. Hagood performs for patients who prefer to not have an implant or are not a good candidate for an implant. The traditional crown and bridge treatment is not without complications. Crowning the adjacent teeth requires removal of some dental enamel and can lead to damage of the crowned teeth, which may otherwise have remained healthy. And, the bone tissue continuously resorbs at the site of the former tooth roots, as there is no stimulation of the bone for cellular growth. Bridges often need to be replaced once or twice over a lifetime, depending on wear, cosmetic concerns, and forces affecting the crowned teeth. Similar complications exist with partial dentures.


Many new patients come to Dr. Hagood seeking the best solution after problems have developed with a fixed bridge or partial denture they received in the past. The good news is that implant treatment is often still an option for these patients. Bone tissue can be developed with a surgical grafting procedure, and then an implant placed for a fixed prosthetic tooth that appears natural, fosters continuing bone health, and restores strong function. The adjacent teeth that were modified for the former treatment can be restored to beautiful condition. Dr. Hagood’s expertise in functional and cosmetic dentistry ensures your treatment will be successful and long lasting.

Dental Implant Bridges

If two to four adjacent teeth are missing, a multi-unit bridge of prosthetic teeth may be retained by one or two implants. This conserves on procedures and cost, while still providing the strong, stable function of implants and bone stimulation.

Even edentulous patients seek the care of a fine restorative and cosmetic dentist like Dr. Johnson Hagood, because they are willing to invest in fine dentistry that will restore their confidence and enjoyment in a full life.

Some patients come to us, who have had a full arch of teeth replaced with a complete over-denture because this was the best treatment available until recent years. Complete over-dentures are removable for cleaning and sleeping. These dentures tend to slip and slide, especially on the lower arch. Most patients, who wear these dentures, have had to adapt to modified chewing and food choices. Over time, their dentures have lost the perfect fit they once had, as the underlying jaw bone has resorbed.

Very successful implant treatment can be achieved for these patients that restores masticatory function, improves nutrition, and significantly improves their quality. A complete snap on denture can be supported on a few implants and removed for cleaning. Or, a fixed hybrid over-denture can be attached to as few as four implants for the most lifelike function and appearance.

Dental Implant Cost

Dental implants are a highly functional procedure which preserve jaw bone health, chewing strength and provide cosmetic benefits. Depending on your dental health needs and the goals for your smile, the cost of dental implants may be lower than you think.

The cost of dental implants varies depending on your insurance, and the number of teeth being replaced.

In some cases, insurance covers dental implants, but your dental team will be able to help you navigate your insurance and financing options. Aside from insurance and financing options, there are many factors that can affect the cost of dental implants, including, but not limited to:

  • the number of teeth being replaced
  • the materials used
  • location-related costs

There are many legitimate, dental health-related reasons to consider dental implants. After losing one or many teeth, you lose confidence in your smile and over time there is the potential loss of bone in the jaw which can lead to a less aesthetic smile. Dental implants prevent this bone loss, allowing you to maintain a youthful smile. Thankfully, dental implants have been around for decades and as dental implant technology has advanced, the costs have become much more affordable.

Dr. Hagood will compassionately and carefully guide you in understanding the options that are available to best treat your oral health situation and meet your goals. If you are new to the practice, we recommend that you make an appointment for a two-hour initial consultation and exam. During your consultation, you will learn what is possible for your oral health circumstances and the estimated associated costs. If you are a patient of ours and considering implant treatment, feel free to reach out and schedule time with Dr. Hagood to discuss what is most appropriate for you.

In the case of extensive dentistry that needs to be paid over time, we can assist you in applying for a no-interest, low-interest, or extended payment plan with the CareCredit financing program.

Are dental implants on your mind? Do you want the highest quality of care? Would you like the opinion of one of the nation’s foremost restorative and cosmetic dentists? Don’t hesitate to give our friendly office a call. Call your Vero Beach Dental Implant Dentist at  .