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. 

Mini Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat comfortably, enunciate clearly, and smile with confidence. Fortunately, dental implants and restorations can replace missing teeth and restore the structural integrity of your smile. For patients who do not qualify for traditional dental implants due to jawbone atrophy, mini implants provide an excellent alternative. Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter and do not require as much jawbone tissue for support. These posts can create a solid foundation for restorations without the need for a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift.

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Normally, the jawbone receives stimulation from the tooth roots with actions like chewing and biting. However, once a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone is no longer stimulated and can begin to deteriorate. Bone atrophy can result in more widespread tooth loss and shifting teeth, as well as structural changes to the face. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and stimulate the jawbone, preserving its structure.

Minis vs. Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants consist of two pieces, a post and an abutment, or connector device. They range in diameter from 3.5 to 6mm. Implant posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone, where they bond with nearby tissue. Once the gums heal, the implants are uncovered and the abutment is attached. As posts are supported by the jawbone, you must have sufficient jawbone density and volume. However, bone loss is common after tooth loss, and not everyone qualifies for traditional dental implants.

Mini dental implants can support restorations and renew dental function without the need for a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift.

Mini dental implants are smaller in form, ranging from 2mm to 3.5mm in diameter. Unlike traditional implants, minis are a solid one-piece screw. A mini implant features a post and a ball-shaped connector device, which sits above the gum line. Due to their size and composition, dentists can often place mini implants in a single appointment.

Explore Your Candidacy

If you are not eligible for bone grafting or simply wish to avoid more extensive surgery, you may be a good candidate for mini dental implants. To qualify, you should have good oral health and be free from periodontal disease. Although the procedure is not as complex as that of traditional dental implants, surgery is still required. You must be healthy enough to undergo surgery, without conditions that may compromise your rate of healing.  You may also wish to pursue dental implants if you are looking for a more permanent tooth replacement solution. While restorations will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.

The Mini Dental Implants Procedure

Mini dental implants can often be placed using only local anesthetic and without sutures. If you are especially nervous about undergoing treatment, you may also elect to receive deeper forms of sedation. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) medication are all safe and reliable options. Once you are comfortable, your dentist can carefully insert the implants into your jawbone. Impressions of your smile will be taken, and these will be used to manufacture your restorations. In many cases, a temporary can be attached immediately after surgery. When your final prosthesis is ready, you can return for placement.

What Do Mini Dental Implants Cost?

As the procedure is less complex and typically requires fewer visits to the office, the cost is often lower than that of traditional implants. However, there are several factors that can affect the cost of mini implants, including the number of implants placed, the dentist’s experience, and the materials used. Many insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost of dental implants. However, many dental offices also offer financing options to help cover out-of-pocket expenses.

Caring for Mini Dental Implants

Caring for mini dental implants is much like caring for natural teeth. You should floss daily, brush at least twice a day, and rinse with an dentist-recommended mouthwash. It is not uncommon for gum sensitivity to persist for the first few months. Use gentle brushing techniques and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating your gums or disrupting the implants. You should also be sure and visit the dentist for any follow-up appointments and routine cleanings. Checkups can help maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

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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