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. 

Free Consultation for Dental Implants

Many doctors offer a free consultation for dental implants. During this appointment, your doctor will review your medical history, assess your oral health, and determine whether you would require any preparatory procedures prior to placing your implants. After evaluating your needs and goals, the doctor can provide a detailed treatment timeline and estimate for the cost of your care. You should be provided with all the information you need to determine whether implants are right for you. While dental implants require lengthier treatment and a more substantial investment than other restorative options, your dentist will also discuss the unparalleled benefits they offer over conventional restorations.

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The dentist can assess your teeth and gums to determine your candidacy for treatment.

Evaluating Your Candidacy

During your complimentary consultation, your doctor will conduct a series of evaluations to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Medical History

Advancements in the management of systemic diseases have helped make dental implants available to an even larger number of patients. However, there are certain conditions that have been known to negatively affect the healing process and success of implants:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer therapy or radiation treatment
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac conditions
  • History of stroke

In diabetic patients, controlling blood sugar levels during treatment can minimize the risk of implant failure.

Your dentist will thoroughly review your medical history to determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. It is also important to provide a full list of the medications you are currently taking.

A complimentary consultation can provide a comfortable, stress-free environment for you to learn more about implants, their benefits, and your eligibility for treatment. 

Oral Health

During your visit, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive oral examination. An assessment of your remaining teeth will determine whether any extractions are necessary. Your dentist will also evaluate your periodontal health and check for signs of gum recession or pockets. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will first need to undergo treatment. Gum disease can lead to peri-implantitis and implant loss if left untreated.

Bone Density

In order to support the dental implants and promote osseointegration, your jawbone should be structurally strong. Your dentist may take x-rays or perform advanced 3-D imaging during your consultation to assess the quantity and quality of your bone. If you have jawbone loss due to missing teeth or other factors, you may require preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift surgery. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concluded that dental implants placed in grafted tissue were equally successful when compared to implants placed in non-augmented bone tissue.

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X-rays can reveal underlying concerns affecting the teeth and jaw.

Reviewing Your Treatment Plan

After evaluating your medical history, oral health, and bone health, your dentist can present you with a proposed treatment plan and summary of estimated costs. Depending on the complexity of your case and whether you require preparatory procedures, your treatment can typically be completed in four months to a year. Most patients can receive permanent crowns, bridges, or dentures after approximately four to six months following implant surgery.

The overall cost of your treatment will depend on several factors including the number of posts and type of restoration you choose. If you are replacing a single tooth, the costs will obviously be much lower than if you are replacing a full dental arch. Patients who are nervous about oral surgery or have an especially complex case may also choose to receive sedation during their procedure, which can raise the overall cost. Since implant-supported restorations often result in substantial out-of-pocket costs, many doctors accept financing through third-party lenders.

Discussing the Benefits of Dental Implants

Understanding the benefits of dental implants is integral to make an informed decision regarding your restorative care. Dental implants offer several benefits over their conventional counterparts including

  • Provide vital stimulation to the jaw to maintain dense, healthy bone
  • Can last for a lifetime with proper care
  • Unparalleled stability and security for restorations
  • Maintain a more youthful appearance

Thanks to advancements in techniques and technology, dental implants can be placed with minimal discomfort and boast a very high success rate. A complimentary consultation can provide a comfortable, stress-free environment for you to learn more about implants, their benefits, and your eligibility for treatment. 

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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