Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Dental Implant Alternatives

While dental implants are an appealing restorative dentistry treatment for patients who are missing teeth, they are not for everyone. Patients may be unable to receive dental implants for a variety of reasons, including if they do not have enough bone to support implants. In other cases, patients may simply want to avoid the lengthy dental implants procedure.

Fortunately, there are a number of dental implant alternatives that patients can turn to. These treatment options restore both the health and appearance of the smile. A qualified dentist can help you determine what course of treatment is right for you. In the meantime, learn more about some of the available tooth replacement options.

dentures
Traditional removable dentures are an affordable alternative to implant-supported dentures.

Full Dentures

Dentures are a removable restorative dentistry option for people who have lost nearly all of their natural teeth. Dentures are typically made of a strong plastic material, although some more expensive versions are made of porcelain. The artificial teeth are attached to a support piece to increase comfort in the mouth. Dentures can be removed by the patient to be cleaned, and may also be taken out before going to bed.

Benefits

  • Effectively replace all of the teeth and improve patient appearance 
  • Preserve facial structures 
  • Can improve speech over time 
  • Prevent infection and jaw misalignment 

Disadvantages

  • Can cause sores or discomfort 
  • Are not permanently fixed in the mouth 
  • Enjoying certain foods can become difficult 

Partial Dentures

For people who have lost several, but not all, of their natural teeth, removable partial dentures are a good dental implant alternative. These dental implant alternatives are composed of a plastic base to which the artificial teeth are attached, and metal clasps are affixed to the surrounding natural teeth.

Benefits

  • Safe way to replace missing teeth 
  • Prevent further tooth decay and gum infection 
  • Make talking and chewing more comfortable 

Disadvantages

  • Are not permanently fixed in the mouth 
  • Can cause sores or discomfort 

Dental Bridges

Bridges, sometimes called fixed partial dentures, are artificial teeth that are supported by crowns and attached to the natural teeth on either side of a gap. They are made of strong and durable porcelain, and are crafted to complement the size, shape, and color of surrounding natural teeth. Because bridges are custom made for each patient, they will fit securely and comfortably in the mouth.

Benefits

  • Increased stability over dentures 
  • Prevent jaw disorders or tooth and gum decay 
  • Can last up to 10 years 
  • Improve appearance of smile and preserve facial structure 

Disadvantages

  • Can only be used to replace a few teeth 
  • Other natural teeth may need to be removed or altered to make room for the bridge 
  • Can add pressure to surrounding natural teeth 
Photo: Kelly Hong, DDS

“Teeth in a Day”

Traditional dental implant surgery and the period of osseointegration that follows (the time during which the gums heal around the posts) generally require five month to two years. However, a new procedure enables patients to literally have “Teeth in a Day.” This innovative procedure uses computer-guided technology to determine the best placement of implants, and accurately insert posts within one hour. This procedure also drastically decreases the procedure recovery period, and most patients can even eat comfortably the same day.

Teeth in a day can restore your smile in a single visit.

Benefits

  • Fast, safe method for replacing teeth 
  • More stable than dentures or bridges 
  • Reduced recovery time 
  • Preserves facial structures and health of the mouth 
  • Prevents bone deterioration or jaw shifting 

Disadvantages

  • Not suitable for all implant candidates 
  • Typically more expensive than other treatment options

Many patients find that dental implants are the best option for their needs.

Find a Dentist

Are all dental implants the same?

There are several types of dental implants available. The most common dental implant is a root-form titanium implant, however the type of dental implant used will vary based on the condition of the individual patient's mouth, specifically where the implants are being placed. Find a dentist in your area to learn more about the dental implant procedure and the type of implant that is right for you.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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