Dental Implants Specialist

Katrina M. Schroeder, DMD -  - Dentist

Schroeder Dental Group

Katrina M. Schroeder, DMD

Dentist located in Apopka, FL

Do gaps in your smile detract from your appearance? Katrina Schroeder, DMD, has the answer to your prayers at Schroeder Dental Group in Apopka, Florida. There, Dr. Schroeder provides patients with the premier tooth replacement option: dental implants. With implants, you can enjoy prosthetics that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. To see if dental implants are right for you, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small metal frames that are surgically placed deep in your jawbone, creating a durable base for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Prosthetic teeth supported by implants will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Oral surgery for dental implants is an involved process, though it’s not painful or too complicated. The transformative results dental implants deliver is well worth the time and effort it takes to get them.

How does the process of getting dental implants work?

Getting dental implants placed requires at least two in-office visits with Dr. Schroder at her office. Once you decide on implants, you’ll schedule an oral surgery appointment far ahead of time.

Prior to having oral surgery, Dr. Schroeder administers a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you. Then, she uses a special dental drill to insert the implant directly into your jawbone. During the procedure, you won’t feel anything.

After the procedure, your jaw needs time to heal and allow the implant to fuse to your jawbone so it can support replacement teeth. Typically, the recovery takes at least several months. Once your jawbone has fully healed, you’ll come back in to have your permanent replacement crown, bridge, or denture attached to your implant.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a host of critical benefits for people with missing teeth, such as:

  • Improved chewing, speech, and digestion
  • Prevention of teeth shifting into empty spaces
  • Curbing the effects of bone loss
  • Restoration of lost facial volume
  • Maintaining of mouth and jaw structure

If you have a weak or insufficient jawbone that can’t properly support implants, this tooth-replacement option may not be the right restoration option for you. In such cases, Dr. Schroeder can help you sort through other options for replacing your missing teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

One of the reasons dental implants are so popular is that as long as you practice good oral hygiene, they can last for many years. How many years?  Nearly 90% of dental implants will last patients for at least 30 years. It’s important to note that their longevity depends largely on you. Make sure to continue brushing, flossing, and maintaining your regularly scheduled cleanings.

To find out more about how dental implants can benefit you, call the Schroeder Dental Group or schedule a consultation online today.