Dental Implants Dentist
Dr. Kelly Clarke has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Dental Implant Dentist.
Laser Dentistry offers a wide range of dental implant procedures including single tooth implants, implants for dentures (snap-in dentures), and full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Clarke is at the forefront of dental implant technology. Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Clarke has averaged 60 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Florida are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
Find information about dental implants below including costs of dental implants and more.
Dr. Kelly Clarke, with a high-tech dental implant office located in Bradenton, has been practicing dentistry since 2004.
First steps to your dental implants with Dr. Clarke:
1. Call to schedule an appointment.
2. Schedule your examination
A deposit is due when scheduling examination to reserve appointment.
3. Perform your comprehensive exam
3D CT scan (and any other x-rays as necessary) and complete review of mouth (teeth, gums, jaw bone, bite, etc).
4. Review our findings and discuss your options
Graphic illustration shows dental implant structure including a titanium post, an abutment and a crown.
Dental Implants Costs Price List
Dental implants prices are exclusive of any insurance plans, which may alter cost.
|Single implant ($2400), abutment ($1096), & crown ($1791) for a back tooth||$5287|
|2 implants ($4800), abutments ($2192), and crowns ($3582) for back teeth||$10574|
|Single implant ($2400), abutment ($1096), and crown ($1791) for a front tooth||$5287|
|2 implants ($4800), abutments ($2192), and crowns ($3582) for front teeth||$10574|
|2 implants ($4800), and abutments ($800) for an existing lower denture|
(“snap in denture“)
|2 implants ($4800) , abutments ($800), and new lower denture ($3500)|
(“snap in denture“)
| 3 implants ($7200), abutments ($1200) for an existing lower denture|
(“snap in denture“)
|3 implants ($7200), abutments ($1200), and new lower denture ($3500)|
(“snap in denture“)
|4-6 implants ($9600-14400) and abutments ($1600-2400) for an existing upper or lower denture|
(“snap in denture“)
|4-6 implants ($9600-14400), abutments ($1600-2400), and a new upper or lower denture ($3500)|
(“snap in denture“)
Cost Of Additional Procedures (If Needed)
|Sinus Lift (internal)||$300-700|
|Sinus Lift (lateral window)||$2000|
|Simple Bone Graft||$150-450|
|Complex Bone Graft||$737|
|CT (3D Cone Beam) Scan||$100-200|
|When extractions are needed a secondary denture could be necessary after the|
Are dental implants worth it?
Have you ever dreamed of having a perfect smile? Well, you are not the only one. A bright smile has a significant impact on your social life and plays a crucial role in first impressions. Bradenton, Florida patients who smile without concerns are more confident and have more self-esteem.
So it’s common for those missing one or more teeth to worry about their appearance and smile function. At Laser Dentistry, we take teeth loss seriously, and we offer multiple solutions to this problem.
Of all the options available, our team strongly advises dental implants. Although other treatments might be more affordable (like dentures or dental bridges), dental implants are worth the price. No other treatment offers the same benefits as dental implants.
Implants, if properly maintained, can last a lifetime. In addition, as they are firmly integrated into the bone tissue, they have excellent functionality, and they are the only restorations that prevent bone resorption.
Dental implants are the best solution for tooth loss.
Patients who get dental implants will reap many advantages. Our team believes that they are the best alternative, as dental implants:
This stable, strong, and durable restoration is often touted as the “gold standard” in tooth replacement.
A patient of Dr. Clarke after placing dental implant with porcelain crown. – click to see case.
Eat what you love!
You will never think again about your meals. Dental implants are firmly integrated into the jawbone. This gives implants excellent retention and support, so patients will enjoy all their favorite foods again without worrying about their smiles. No matter how hard the apple is, or how sticky your favorite candies are, you will indulge in these treats as if you had natural teeth!
Pat shares her experience getting dental implants:
Video 01:45 |”All of a sudden I got this implant and my mouth was solid. That to me, was the most amazing thing!”
Dental Implants For Dentures
Snap-In dentures, also known as implant-retained or implant-supported dentures, are an excellent choice for those patients who need to replace all teeth of a dental arch. This denture is similar to traditional full dentures, but the main difference is that, as implants retain it, it provides much better function and comfort.
Snap-in dentures have many advantages. At Laser dentistry, we summarize them in four:
Implant-retained dentures are removable, so they can be easily cleaned and replaced when necessary. As they have excellent retention, provided by the implants, they allow proper chewing and function (patients will even whistle while wearing them!).
Patients will also maintain their implants in good conditions, as these dentures can be removed to clean the abutments. This reduces the risk of periodontal disease and infections related to the implant. But it also means that patients should visit the office regularly to have their implants professionally cleaned. These visits are also essential to make sure that the denture is fitting and functioning properly.
Photo above shows a model of false teeth (denture) and 4 dental implants to retain and support the denture.
Dentists usually place several implants along the arch to support a denture. But on some occasions, they only place two, and they hold them in place using Locator abutments. This is a perfect solution for those suffering from tooth loss for a very long time and that have bone resorption in the area. Locator abutments will provide better stability and function for these patients.See pricing for Snap-In Dentures above
Dental Implants and Facial Appearance
Most Americans start worrying when they first see signs of ageing. As soon as they see the fine lines and wrinkles on their face, they immediately start thinking about plastic surgery. However, many people don’t know that the changes in their facial appearance can also be a consequence of tooth loss and the use of complete dentures. Ageing signs are not only about skin laxity.
How do traditional full dentures impact a patient’s facial appearance?
Millions of Americans lost teeth as a consequence of trauma or decay. And according to the American College of Prosthodontics, approximately 90% of them choose dentures to restore their smile’s esthetic and function. Although dentures might suit all budgets, patients need to know how wearing a denture will impact their facial appearance before deciding.
What is dental resorption and how does resorption affect my appearance?
As long as all teeth are present, the bone tissue that anchors the teeth is continually regenerated to provide proper support. However, when one or more teeth is lost or pulled out, the body realizes that all that bone tissue now has no function. And no tissue will be maintained if it hasn’t got any purpose at all. So after the extraction, a slow resorption process is triggered in the area. This physiological process in which the bone tissue is eliminated is known as “dental resorption.”
This resorption process eventually affects the jawbone, and when this happens, the facial appearance is irreversibly altered. The lower facial third starts to “sunken”, and the lips begin showing wrinkles and fine lines.
The problem is that most people turn to prosthetics to replace missing teeth, and traditional dentures don’t stop this process. And in addition to the esthetic problem, bone resorption also alters the shape of the jawbone. This means that the denture will need to be modified to fit properly in the altered jawbone. As this process never stops, it will need to be eventually replaced.
Dental implants preserve jaw bone.
Graphic illustration showing jaw bone resorption that occurs after a period of time using dentures without teeth and how it changes the shape of the face.
Dental Implants Can Help Keep Your Face Looking Young
When a person loses one or more teeth, their lower facial third experiences many changes. The distance between the tip of the nose and the chin decreases, which leads to the collapse of the lower facial third. This also causes fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, thinner lips, sagging skin, and “witches chin” (the chin point outs).
Wearing complete dentures only highlights these defects, as they prompt bone resorption, making these matters even worse, and don’t provide proper support for the soft tissues of the lower face. Luckily, patients that choose dental implants can forget about all these issues!
Do dental implants last forever?
If well maintained, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Men and women will be able to enjoy a perfect smile for life. However, this doesn’t mean that there is no risk. Implants can fail due to periodontal disease. The same disease that affects natural teeth can impact the foundation of an implant. This disease is mainly a consequence of poor oral health and, although in its first stages it only affects the gum tissue, if it progresses, it also produces bone resorption. Because of this bone resorption, the implant can become loose and fail. If the implants fail, the only way to restore the patient’s smile is through expensive and time-consuming treatments.
Due to the risks associated with periodontal conditions, patients must visit the dental office at least every six months. In these sessions, our dental team will deeply clean the implant abutments and evaluate the implants’ conditions to detect any potential problem that can put the future of the restorations at risk.
Why are dental implants the best solution for tooth loss?
Apart from maintaining the jawbone structure and avoiding the alteration of facial appearance, dental implants have many other benefits that are worth considering. Implants function like natural teeth, and when they are restored with porcelain crown or bridges, they even look like natural teeth. They are also versatile: implants provide a proper foundation not only to crowns and bridges but also to complete dentures. In fact, Snap-In dentures (also known as implant-retained or implant-supported dentures) are gaining popularity among those patients that have lost an entire dental arch. They are much more comfortable than traditional complete dentures, and as they prevent jawbone resorption, they even eliminate the need for dental adhesives.See pricing for dental implants above
Frequently Asked Questions
Those patients who want to look young and have a healthy smile should speak to their dentist about the possibility of getting dental implants. Even if they have lost an entire arch of teeth, they can talk about snap-in dentures, a denture that will look like traditional ones but will have all the benefits of the implants.
Women and men that have implants placed will maintain their youthful appearance. Dental implants prevent bone resorption, avoiding all the facial alterations that it brings. In addition to bone maintenance, dental implants have many other benefits. They offer improved function, taste, self-esteem, and optimal convenience.
The most crucial step is to seek professional advice on how to replace missing teeth as soon as they are lost. The sooner teeth are replaced, the less likely it is to suffer dramatic dental resorption. There are treatment options for tooth loss, such as:
However, not all these options effectively prevent bone resorption. The only treatment option that maintains jawbone and avoids alteration in facial appearance is the placement of dental implants.
Those patients that have lost an entire arch of teeth don’t have as many options as those with single tooth loss. They often end up wearing complete dentures as it’s usually their only choice. Fortunately, there’s a treatment option for these patients that still combat bone resorption:implant-supported dentures. These dentures are similar to traditional full dentures. They are supported and retained by implants, making them much more comfortable to wear while avoiding bone resorption.
The dentist normally places up to 4 implants that are strategically implanted along the dental arch. Once the implants are firmly integrated into the bone, the dentist restores the patient’s smile with a special complete denture that connects with the implants’ abutments. With implant-supported dentures, patients will gain back full functionality while also reducing the risk of bone resorption.
Patients have many options to restore dental implants. But suppose they choose not to have dental implants placed. In that case, they have several treatment alternatives, including complete or partial dentures and dental bridges. However, although these other options are also effective, none of them prevents bone resorption. This means that the jaw structure will eventually be altered, causing esthetic problems and the need to replace the denture in the near future, as it won’t fit properly.
Bone resorption starts as soon as the tooth (or teeth) is lost. The sooner the patients get the implants placed, the less likely it is to suffer unwanted changes in their youthful appearance. So right after the extraction, the patient needs to talk to the dentist to see which tooth replacement option he or she has to make the right decision.
Not all patients are suitable candidates for dental implants. Patients need to have enough volume and quality of bone tissue to have an implant placed. This bone tissue might have been lost if the patient has been without a teeth replacement option for some time, or he or she has been wearing a traditional full denture for several months. If too much tissue has disappeared, the dentist might not feel confident enough to move forward with the procedure.
But this doesn’t mean that patients with insufficient bone will never get an implant. In some cases, the patient might just need bone grafting. With this technique, the dentist builds up the bone required to hold the implant in place. After a few weeks, the new bone tissue will be ready, and the dentist will perform the surgery.
Whether the patients are candidates or not is determined by a combination of a physical evaluation and x-rays to check the health of the jaw bone.
Our team at Laser Dentistry in Bradenton, Florida, describes dental implants as small titanium posts that are screwed into the jawbone.
They are made of a biocompatible metal that can stimulate the deposit of bone tissue surrounding it. When this new tissue solidifies, the implant is firmly integrated into the smile. This strong integration provides the best stabilization compared to any other tooth-replacement alternative option available today. Implants are the “gold standard” when it comes to tooth replacement. They are long-lasting, reliable, and effective at restoring the function and beauty of a patient’s smile.