Dental Implants Clearwater FL

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a metallic insert that is surgically screwed into a properly sized hole inside jaw bone and acts as a metallic root for forming a tooth on it. An implant is normally a tapered cylinder with a diameter decreasing downwards.  The surface carries threads which firmly grip the host bone. The crown of an artificial tooth is not formed directly on the implanted root. Once the implant has fully embedded itself within the jaw bone, a suitable prosthesis such as a crown, bridge or a denture is built over the implant.

What is Osseointegration?

The post is normally of titanium which has the most desirable properties in terms of its strength, durability, and biocompatibility. Biocompatibility is an important issue when material, even living material is permanently introduced into a human body.  Most man-made materials are rejected by the body cells and this can result in complications and need for surgery. Very few materials are biocompatible, and out of metallic materials titanium is the best. It is not only ‘not rejected’, but bone cells start to grow onto the titanium structure thus integrating the bone with the metal. This phenomenon is called osseointegration and ensures that the implant remains firmly stable inside the jaw bone.

How many implants will I have?

You don’t have to have an implant for each tooth. More than one teeth can be supported on one implant. In fact, a complete denture also can be supported on just four implants, thus acquiring the special name “all-on-four” implant dentures. The chewing forces on the teeth are transferred to the jawbones through the implants and not directly to the gums as in normal dentures.

What are my options for tooth replacement?

Implant supported teeth are the best replacement teeth. They are most natural in their function, convenience, life, and esthetic properties. But some options are discussed below to enable you to make an informed choice.

  • Do Nothing-  If you have lost one or more of other rear teeth not replacing them will cause you problems in eating, permit shifting of neighboring teeth, and may affect your bite (mating of the upper and lower teeth) as well. The opposite tooth is sure to project into the void, thus losing its own anchoring as well as changing the smile line further. Another disadvantage of not replacing a tooth is that the jaw bone shrinks (resorption), leaving a concavity in the gum line which can be unseemly.
  • Fixed Bridge– If there are healthy teeth around the missing tooth or teeth, those healthy teeth can be used as supports to make a fixed bridge in place of the missing teeth. The supporting teeth have to be stripped of some of the enamel to permit attaching bridge supports to them. The replacement teeth hang over the gum between them. This is a traditional solution and well-practiced. However, it has a disadvantage. Removal of the enamel during tooth preparation makes the tooth vulnerable to sensitivity to hot and cold. Further, the bridge may have to be replaced after a normal life of about 10 to 12 years. Further trimming of the support teeth has to be done to prepare for a new bridge which could further increase the possibility of sensitivity.
  • Dentures- Removable partial or full dentures are also a traditional solution. Partial dentures involving one or more teeth take support from the existing strong teeth on either side. Full removable dentures sit on the gum line and take support from it. Additionally, the upper denture covers the underside of the palate and takes support from suction.

Why Implants?

Implants have a higher initial cost. Then why not go for the traditional restoration mechanisms which are economically more viable. The answer is that with advancement in dental technology, the implants have superseded all other options for replacement teeth. Some of the reasons are:

  • Like Natural- A tooth or set of teeth on a strong and stable implant looks and functions almost like a healthy natural tooth or set of teeth. Other options do not restore the natural ability to chew or the natural looks. Also, other options, specifically dentures, may lead to bone deterioration, and interfere with speaking and smiling.
  • Long Life- traditional bridges will normally last 5 to 7 years, and slightly more with extra care. On the other hand, dental implants, albeit with periodic adjustments and proper care, can last a lifetime.
  • No fear of Public Embarrassment- With teeth on implants, there is no fear of embarrassment either due to unnatural smile, or the possibility of the denture falling out in public when you are eating, talking or laughing. You lead a natural life.
  • Bone Loss Avoided- Leaving an empty space in the mouth due to a lost tooth or teeth can lead to deterioration and some loss of jawbone. Dental implants will not only prevent that but they will actually support bone growth.
  • Natural smile and face contours retained- A face with conventional dentures or bridges may sag. That is because of the possible bone loss around and under the conventional dentures. It may look different and unnatural. With implants, your natural looks and smile are retained.
  • Care at Night- At sleep time dentures have to be removed. Dentures need to be kept soaked in a fluid when not in the mouth. If that is not done the denture will shrink and warp. As a result, it may not fit anymore. They may fall out during normal oral activity. Ultimately they will have to be replaced at an additional cost. No such worries accompany teeth and dentures on implants. Your teeth remain in your mouth, not in a cup!
  • Eat All You Want- With conventional dentures, you are constantly worried about not eating hard foods lest you damage your denture. With teeth on implants, you can eat virtually anything without fear.
  • Speak normally- With removable dentures, you may feel slightly unnatural when speaking, especially in the first few days. Implanted teeth are just like normal natural teeth.
  • No caries! Cavities cannot occur in teeth restored on implants. However, normal hygiene practice will have to be followed daily along with routine visits to the dentist.
  • Installed without affecting other teeth- Bridges and traditional dentures must rely on healthy teeth on either side, which also has to be prepared to take the support mechanism. The implant needs no support from another tooth. It takes support from the jaw bone like natural teeth do.
  • More Reliable- Experience has proved that implants are more reliable than other than other restoration schemes within their expected lifetime.

Who needs an implant?

Anybody who is missing one or more teeth, for whatever reason, can consult his dentist for getting the implants. The dentist will examine the patient and decide whether one or more implants are required. An implant may be an excellent choice for replacing your missing natural teeth if you require any of the following:

  • Esthetic replacement of your missing teeth
  • Same natural feeling that you had with your own teeth
  • A beautiful and charming smile
  • The ability to eat all your favorite foods

Are dental implants right for me?

The short answer is yes; If you are missing one or more teeth, most likely an implant will suit you. If you wish to have a very natural smile; if you want to be able to smile without a sense of embarrassment; If you want to eat, and speak without the fear of a denture slipping out in public, then implants are probably, your best option. But the best advice will come from your implant specialist. He will examine you, look at your medical history, possibly make tests and then decide if implants are right for you. Implants are relatively costly, and a very careful decision has to be made.

Who should not get a dental implant?

  • Jaw Bones Still Developing– If your jaw is still developing you should not get an implant. Development of jawbone is completed normally at about 16 years for females and 18 years for males. There are variations from person to person.
  • The insufficient Bone– In case the jawbone at the proposed location of the implant is not strong enough, or too little of it is present to support an implant and take all the chewing forces, alternatives have to found. Modern medical science has a solution which will work in most cases. Bone can be grafted from other parts to make up the shortfall.
  • Serious Medical Disease– For patients who are suffering from uncontrolled serious diseases which affect one’s ability to heal, e.g., diabetes, a successful outcome of an implant cannot be assured. Diabetics with proper control of the disease can, of course, get an implant. Diseases like hyperparathyroidism and leukemia can also affect the success of an implant. People undergoing chemotherapy should wait till the cancer treatment is completed. But the best advice in any particular case will come from an implant specialist after he has studied your case thoroughly.
  • Pregnant females– should avoid implants in the first three months, and preferably, till after the delivery.

Types of Dental Implants

Implants can be classified into two main categories based on where they are installed.

  • Endosteal implants– These are the most common types used. They are placed (screwed) into the jawbone (endo=inside) under the gum line. They are disc-shaped, cylindrical or cylinders tapering downwards.
  • Subperiosteal implants- These implants are for those patients who do not have sufficient bone in their jaw to support an endosteal implant. CT scans of the jawbone are taken to form a 3-D outline of the jawbone. A metal framework is designed to fit exactly over the jawbone but under the gum. The framework then supports the artificial teeth through posts which protrude through the gum.  The total procedure including the surgery can be completed in one visit, thanks to CAD/CAM facilities.
  • Transosteal Implants – these implants extend throughout the width of the jaw bone. They are inserted at one end of the bone and emerge from the corresponding end of the bone.
  • Mini-implants – these implants are much smaller in size, and are usually used in orthodontics as anchors for obtaining support and anchorage for orthodontic appliances.

Implants are also categorized by sizes. The sizes are standard, mini, micro, and mini -micro implants. The smaller versions are designed to be temporary, and removable.

Implants can also be classified according to the type of restoration they support

  • Single tooth- In this case, an implant supports a single tooth.
  • Multiple teeth- A bridge of many teeth can be supported by two implants, or multiple implants can support a greater number of teeth. In an “All-on-four” implant a complete denture is supported by a total of four implants.
  • Combinations of fixed and removable bridgework– A removable denture section is attached to fixed bridge supported on implants.
  • Implant Supported Over-dentures– Traditional dentures press on the gum and the bone resulting in bone loss due to bone resorption. An implant supported overdenture avoids that. It is suitable for people who need a complete denture and wants to avoid the bone resorption due to the traditional denture.
  • Anchorage for tooth movement- This type of implant is used by an orthodontist to provide anchorage for dental devices to ensure a quicker movement of teeth. The implants used may be standard, mini, or micro sized.
  • Temporary bridge works– During the healing period of implants, the patient may become toothless. Hence, removable micro-mini implants are installed with temporary bridge work on them. Those are removed when the permanent implants heal and permanent crowns are placed.

Procedure for replacing a single tooth

The standard procedure of replacing a single tooth on an implant takes several visits to the implant dentist.

  • Patient Evaluation – The first visit is for consultation and planning. It includes visual examination; discussion of your medical/ dental history, sensitivities, and habits; imaging of your teeth, and a frank discussion of the treatment options available to you. If an existing ailing tooth has to be replaced it will be removed, and the gum left to heal.
  • The Surgical Procedure – The next visit will give you the implant which will become a replacement root on which the new tooth has to be placed. The implant can be with or without an ‘abutment’. An abutment is a connector placed on or built into the out end of the implant. It is a good procedure to allow the implant to integrate naturally with the bone (bone cells start growing into the metal surface). The integration period is two to three months for the upper jaw and double of that for the lower jaw. However, a temporary crown is normally applied immediately.  Patients with temporary crowns have to be careful in not ‘loading’ their teeth. That means eating soft foods.  Most patients can go to work the next day.
  • Placing the Prosthesis – In the subsequent visit when the dentist thinks the implant has Osseo-integrated, a suitable prosthesis will be provided over the implant.
  • Any subsequent visits will be for a checkup, and later, for readjustments if necessary.

Procedure for replacing multiple teeth

In a case of multiple teeth, you can have them on individual crowns or on a bridge supported by two or more implants. The implant supported bridge option affords you a very good quality of functionality, feel, fit, and confidence that is not possible with any other replacement option. The procedure for getting multiple teeth is similar to that for a single tooth, i.e., involving multiple visits.

  • The first visit is, again, for consultation and planning. It includes the same processes, i.e., visual examination; discussion of your medical/ dental history, sensitivities, and habits; imaging of your teeth, and a frank discussion of the treatment options available to you. If one or more existing teeth have to be removed, they will be removed and the gum left to heal.
  • In the next visit, you will be given the implants which will become replacement roots on which the new teeth or a bridge will be placed. However, temporary crowns can normally be applied immediately.  Patients with temporary crowns have to be careful to avoid hard foods.  Most patients can join work the next day.
  • During the next visit, abutments will be placed on the implants.
  • In the subsequent visit when the dentist thinks the implants have osseointegrated, he will place the crowns or the bridge on the abutments.
  • Any subsequent visits will be for a checkup, and later, for readjustments if necessary.

Procedure for replacing all teeth

Replacement of all teeth will follow nearly the same pattern of visits and processes.

  • The first visit will again be consultation, planning, examination, and discussion of treatment options.
  • In the second visit, again the implants will be placed.
  • The third visit will see the attachment of abutments and additional devices that may be necessary to place bridges.
  • The fourth visit will see the placement of an implant supported bridge, an implant supported overdenture, or rarely custom made individual teeth.

Same Day Implants

The conservative process for dental implants takes many months, depending on individual cases. In an effort to reduce the number of visits by the patient, it is possible to do all the procedural steps in a single day. Temporary teeth or bridges are attached, and the patient is allowed to eat with strict instructions and not eat any hard foods for a minimum period of 6 to 8 weeks. This is to allow a period for osseointegration.  Any carelessness in this regard can adversely affect the success of the implant.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have been used for over three decades now.  They have proved to be absolutely safe and pose no danger to the person having them. Dental implant procedure is one of the dental procedures with the most predictable outcome, with a success rate of over 95 percent. There is no body of data to show any serious risks. The technology and procedures have matured and are improving fast. As a result, dental implants are becoming a very popular, or rather, the most popular option for replacement teeth.  It is important to note that dental implants like many other metallic prostheses for human bones are made from titanium.  This material has a special property. It is accepted by the human flesh and is not rejected. In fact, the material has the magical property of osseointegration. Bone grows into the metal, thus making a strong natural bond. It is this osseointegration that you are waiting for before you are allowed to eat hard foods with teeth on implants.

It is not to say that complications will not arise. Complications can arise, but your implant dentist is aware of them and can take suitable precautionary and curative measures. Possible risks are the risks which may be associated with any kind of surgery. These are the injury to surrounding tissue, infection, and possible nerve damage (in a case of the upper jaw). It is important to note that these risks are associated with any kind of surgery which is routinely going on, and not really implants associated. There are people who have surgery of their brain. Surgery has now become highly advanced, and implant surgery is among the safest types.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Although implants are the best restorations dentistry can currently offer, they are also a big investment. You have to take very good care of this huge investment.  Lack of care can lead to complications through infection around the implant. This is called peri-implantitis.  Ignoring it can cause loss of tissue including the surrounding bone, and ultimately, a failure of the implant. Here are a few simple tips to be followed.

  • Good Oral Hygiene– This is the most important thing you can do. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary for implants and implant supported teeth as for natural teeth. Examine the tissue around the implant. It should look healthy, that is, firm and pink. There should be no signs of infection. If you notice anything unusual, report to your dentist for advice immediately.
  • Avoid abrasives– Use toothpaste which has only mild abrasives. That is to avoid scratching any surfaces of the implants that may get exposed for any reason. Similarly, it is advisable to avoid dentifrices containing sodium fluoride, stain removers, and baking soda.
  • Regular Checkup– Despite your best efforts, you may develop problems which you cannot detect. A trained and qualified person, i.e., your dentist will be able to detect any tendencies towards disease, or conditions which may ultimately lead to disease. It is important, therefore that you visit your dentist regularly. He will be able to check your normal teeth as well as your implants for good health.
  • Screw tightening– Routine visits to the implant dentist is necessary. The screws attaching the abutment can come loose over time. They need to be tightened. This is not much of a procedure. The restoration (single tooth, multiple teeth, or the complete denture is removed and cleaned, screws tightened, and the restoration replaced with tightened screws.

Some Facts and Figures about Popularity of Dental Implants

  • Over 30 million US citizens are without teeth in one or both jaws.
  • Approximately 15 million persons in America have crowns and bridges as replacements for their missing teeth.
  • Already 3 million individuals in the US have implants and the count is increasing at an approximate rate of half a million per year.
  • 10 percent of US dentists are already providing implants and that number is increasing day by day.
  • Market demand for implants in USA and Europe together is expected to reach the $4.2 billion by the year 2022.
  • The success rate of dental implants as reported in the scientific literature is 98 percent.
  • US dentists had placed 5,505,720 implants by the year 2006.
  • Out of these implants, 3,103,930 were placed by US general dentists.
  • The US dental implant and the prosthetic market are expected to reach $6.4 billion by 2018.
  • For a comparison, the global prosthetic supplies market is projected to reach $4 billion by 2018.

How much do Dental Implants cost?

The cost will depend on the number and quality of implants and the crowns or dentures they will support. Additional cost will be incurred due to preparatory procedures required before the implants can be placed. Total cost will include the following main factors:

  • Quality and number of implants – As a result of the detailed examination, experts will determine the optimal number of implants needed in your jaws. Further implants of various types and quality are available in the market. The specialist will also determine the optimal type and quality of implants to be used.
  • Procedures – Different procedures are required for different needs. For example, single implant costing will be at different rates from that of multiple implants. Also, options may be available to suit budget priorities.
  • Gum disease – patients requiring dental implants will normally be those who have suffered from gum disease. In these cases, the gum has to be treated before the implants are placed. As a result, the overall cost will increase.
  • Bone density – Implants are supported directly by your jawbone. If your jaw has suffered bone loss sufficient amount of bone will have to be grafted before the implant can be placed. This will add significantly to the overall cost.
  • Sinus lift – In some patients looking for implants in the upper molars or premolars sinus (on either side of the nose) may be too close to the jaw for a safe implant. In such cases, additional bone has to be grafted. This will entail additional cost.
  • Tooth extractions – In many cases, some teeth may have to be extracted before the implants are placed. This will incur additional costs.
  • Competition, demand, and demography– You will be purchasing services in a services market. Cost estimates can vary from provider to provider depending on reputation, demand, competition, and possibly on the locality where you are seeking the services.

Three Things You should Know about Cost of Dental Implants

According to a study carried out by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the typical cost of a dental implant varies very widely, depending on the nature of the job, and the implant provider.  They further recommend that you obtain a detailed estimate from the prospective implant supplier after he has examined your mouth and the missing teeth.  The ultimate result has to be dental implant which looks natural and merge very naturally with your gums and the rest of the oral cavity.

In addition to the expert advice and the cost estimate you need to know three things:

  1. The quality of Life with Dental Implants– Dental implants allow a quality of life which no other replacement teeth will ever provide. Until implants became available and cost competitive, conventional dentures were the standard option for tooth replacement. However, because of their natural looks, freedom from unexpected slippage at the wrong moment, and your ability to eat almost everything you like, implants have overtaken dentures as replacement teeth option. Facts now show that implants are now the de facto standard. That is because of the quality of life they offer.
  2. Cost Effectiveness of Dental Implants– Dental implants are a one-time large investment. The nearest alternative, dentures, need repeated replacements because they have a shorter life.  Thus dental implants are more cost effective in the long run. Further so, because of the intangible benefits of the implants as discussed elsewhere in the website.
  3. Long Term dental Health– are biocompatible with the jawbone, merge with it naturally in a process called osseointegration. Thus the bond is firm and suffers no slippage associated with conventional dentures. Especially, implants do not cause your jawbone to shrink. That is a very important factor because shrinkage of the bone will weaken it, and may change the looks of your face. That could be a heavy penalty.

Can any dentist provide my dental implant?

Not really. Dental implants are rather special and sophisticated dental devices. Their up-front cost is also relatively high. Further, they are, more or less, lifetime companions. Your money, your health, and your comfort are precious and must be handled very carefully and prudently. Going to just anyone who claims to be an implant specialist may be convenient. It may save some time, and maybe, some money, but in the long run, you are risking much more than you save. Dental implants are state of the art technology and need special training and experience. Not everybody will do good justice to your money, your time, health, and your lifetime comfort.  Hence, you must choose a qualified and experienced implant dentist. It is always good to check the reputation of the dentist before you go to him. One way of reaching a qualified and certified implant specialist is to consult the searchable directory of credentialed implant dentists available at the website of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). This directory contains a list of US dentists who are qualified and certified by the professional body to place implants.

The Benefits of Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are entirely independent tooth replacements that are anchored in place with a titanium post. This post is surgically placed and, once fully healed, integrates with bone in your jaw to act just as your organic tooth would. This helps to nurture healthy bone density while providing a stable base for your dental implant crown.

Getting dental implants, instead of a partial denture or fixed bridge, means you get a tooth replacement that is:

•Beneficial to your oral health
•Natural in appearance

Because your dental implant is a permanent solution to tooth loss, you regain full biting and chewing capacity – something you would not be able to achieve with dentures. To help patients see best results, Dr. Daoud prefers the most predictable treatment to support long-term, best-outcome goals. He doesn’t cut corners and makes sure to take care of your dental implant treatment the right way, the first time.

Benefits of Ditching Your Dentures for Dental Implants

Your teeth have been your travel companions on life’s journey since the day you were born. Of course, they fell out and were replaced a few years later with a new set, but we’d all like to forget those awkward years when we felt uncomfortable smiling for our yearbook pictures. Don’t let the years ahead be just as awkward. If you permanently want your smile back, choose dental implants over the hassle of dentures.

Implants are certainly a commitment, but almost everyone who made the switch to dental implants lives with no regrets. If you’re on the fence, let some of these reasons sway your decision:

• Your Dental Implants Will Function Like Natural Teeth
So you’ve invested in dental implants. You can now breathe a sigh of relief. These implants, a permanent solution to your tooth troubles, won’t interfere with daily life in the same way dentures characteristically do. Enjoy the activities everyone else without dental issues takes for granted.

• Eat with ease
No need to fear to bite into certain foods. Implants function like normal teeth so have your fill of all the nuts, steak and raw fruits and vegetables your heart (and appetite!) desire. You’re not required to eat these foods now that you have implants, but rest easy knowing that you can with ease.

• Speak comfortably
With dental implants, you won’t have to disrupt the flow of conversation to make adjustments. Often with dentures, especially ill-fitting ones, certain words become more challenging to pronounce, but implants will make that problem a thing of the past.

• Feel like yourself when you smile
Nothing is more disappointing than when a cosmetic change impacts how you feel about yourself. Your smile contributes to your personal identity. It helps you express yourself to the outside world and, more importantly, to friends and relatives. Implants fuse with your jawbone and are fixed in your mouth as a result. They feel so natural that your smile will feel natural too.

Less Maintenance and Less Hassle

You may have grown fond of your dentures–they’ve done a lot for you after all. But consider how much easier your routine would become if you didn’t have to give them a second thought.

• No replacements necessary
Once you undergo the dental implant procedure, you’ll only have to deal with occasional adjustments. Unlike dentures, which need replacing every five to seven years, dental implants are a permanent solution.

• No cavities
Dental implants require the same care and maintenance that you would show your natural teeth, but the upside is you can’t get cavities. The titanium material of the implants saves your mouth from that potentially painful inconvenience. Plus, now that you’re free to bite into crunchy foods, you can eat all the peanut brittle you want, so it’s a win-win.

• No storage necessary
Get rid of that denture cup because you’re keeping your teeth in your mouth all night, exactly where they belong. Another perk is that flossing and brushing become a whole lot easier when there’s no risk of your teeth shifting around in your mouth.

Feel More Confident

When you don’t have to worry about your teeth shifting and clicking, or even falling out of your mouth altogether, you can concentrate again on what really matters to you. Dental implants afford you the confidence to enjoy daily life. Your mouth is a central point of contact for the outside world. Feeling self-conscious about the potential hazards of dentures can be debilitating. With implants, you can eat, smile, laugh, kiss, and talk freely.

A Great Long-Term Solution

If you practice good oral hygiene, your implants could last you up to twenty years or more, according to studies done by Oral B. Compare that with the aforementioned statistic of dentures lasting only 5-7 years. Implants must be starting to sound like a bargain.

Keep in mind that implants are most effective among patients with healthy gums and a healthy jaw. They’ve always been a popular choice for those missing only one or two teeth, but more and more people have been turning to implants as an alternative to dentures in recent years. If you weigh the options, your mouth is in good shape, and you’re in search of a dental solution that will enhance your everyday life, dental implants could be the right choice for you.

The Real Cost of Dentures

Dentures are a considered to be a more economical alternative to dental implants. That may be true but there are caveats.  For one thing, the dentures will almost certainly need to be replaced, maybe more than once in a lifetime. Thus the lifetime cost of dentures could run into thousands of dollars. In addition to the direct dollar cost, there are some forms of intangible costs associated with dentures.

  • Social Cost” associated with dentures- Compared to natural teeth, dentures, even of the highest quality are not so good looking. A person wearing dentures will always be rather cautious and not so confident while eating or laughing in public, and even when kissing. Dentures can cause unexpected embarrassment at very critical social and private moments. Such social cost cannot possibly be compensated by dollars.
  • Convenience Cost” associated with Dentures- Dentures will certainly not feel like natural teeth. They cannot be cleaned like your natural teeth. Dentures must be removed to rinse and brush. They have to be removed and soaked overnight in a soaking solution failing which there is a risk of the dentures becoming warped and hence, unusable. This will result in a new cycle of getting dentures and caring for them. And finally, dentures are delicate and need very careful handling lest you drop and damage them.
  • Health Cost” of Dentures- Dentures introduce ‘foreign objects’ into your mouth. The effect is that the jawbone around and under the dentures starts shrinking, possibly weakening the jawbone, and causing your face to lose shape.  Also, the dentures will need to be relined and may be remade.

Thus the real cost of dentures is much more than just the dollar cost. Although the initial cost of dentures is lower that of implants for an equal number of replacement teeth, over the lifetime, the real cost of dentures (including the intangible costs) becomes very unattractive. That is why implants are gaining popularity in the US and the world over.

Dental Implants for Total Tooth Loss

If you are experiencing a complete loss of teeth in both or one of your jaw arches, FeatherSound Smiles is happy to offer implant-supported dentures in Clearwater, FL.  Implant-supported, or permanent dentures, utilize 4-6 implants that hold your dentures firmly in place.

The combination of dentures and dental implants provides a superior level of tooth restoration and support for oral health and function that removable dentures cannot match up to. If you are interested in abandoning the mess and hassle of removable dentures, in favor of a modern and efficient tooth replacement methods, Dr. Daoud welcomes you into his office to learn more about permanent over-dentures.

Where can I find a dental implant expert?

If you are living in the Pinellas and Hillsborough county area, Dr. Amir Daoud is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and a certified dental implant specialist. You will get a frank and sincere advice on what is good for you. And all this will be done at a reasonable cost.

Dental Implants in Clearwater, FL at Feather Sound Smiles

Missing teeth make many parts of everyday life a struggle, and so can some traditional solutions to this issue. But advanced treatment with dental implants makes solving the problem of tooth loss an easy answer. At Feather Sound Smiles, Amir Daoud, DDS is proud to be your Clearwater, FL dental implant dentist.

Our High Tech-Dental Implant Treatment

At Feather Sound Smiles, Dr. Daoud takes care of all phases of implant treatment right in his office. Your dental implant procedure is strategically planned using 3-D technology. Our advanced imaging equipment is able to capture detailed pictures of oral structures to make sure that you have the appropriate bone density to support the implant, and that the implant is placed in just the right position for ideal function.

Once your implant procedure has been mapped out, Dr. Daoud quickly and safely places the post portion of your tooth replacement. Many patients are surprised to learn that this part of the procedure takes less than an hour and is pain-free. For Dr. Daoud, ensuring your comfort and efficient placement of your implant is a top priority; you can be sure that your dental implant treatment from our Clearwater, FL office will be handled with gentleness and the utmost care.

Recovery time is short – only 24 hours, and you can return to work or your other important daily functions after your appointment for implant placement. In the event that you need a tooth extracted before the implant can be placed, Dr. Daoud can perform tooth removal and dental implant placement in the same day, for most cases.

Solve Tooth Loss for Good!

If you’re ready to receive the last tooth replacement treatment you’ll ever need, contact Feather Sound Smiles to learn more about getting dental implants in Clearwater, FL from Dr. Daoud. Our all-digital office makes planning and carrying out your treatment an efficient and predictable process.

We are located in Feather Sound Square, on Ulmerton Road, and are happy to welcome dental patients from in and around the Pinellas County FL and Hillsborough County FL areas and surrounding areas like Clearwater, Largo, St Petersburg, Seminole, and Tampa.


International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)

Ralf Smeets, Bernd Stadlinger, Frank Schwarz, et al., “Impact of Dental Implant Surface Modifications on Osseointegration,” BioMed Research International, vol. 2016, Article ID 6285620, 16 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/6285620

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Jessica R.
Jessica R.
2016-08-04 09:19:05
Best dentist in town! Staff cares about their patients. Dr. Daoud takes the time to explain your treatment plan and makes sure you're well-informed. Office...


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I'm the worst kind of patient, high anxiety and have never had a good dental experience. The Doctor and staff are friendly, professional and above all caring. I highly recommend this practice.
Lila Johnson
Lila Johnson
23:14 23 May 19
Today was my first visit. I felt very welcomed and comfortable as soon as I walked in to the office lobby. The employees and the dentist exceeded my expectations. Everyone was so friendly!!! The technology they have is top of the line and truly provides detailed data to allow the dentist to provide perfect and customized services for my dental health. I have had some terrible dental experiences in the past and a bit untrusting of dentists now. However, the dentist was wonderful! He took the necessary time to clearly discussed my dental health and solutions to ensure I have a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come.... he cares and it shows!!!
Melanie Turner
Melanie Turner
00:54 21 May 19
Sarah does an awesome job with cleanings! She's super friendly & does a professional job.
Stacy Henderlong
Stacy Henderlong
13:42 21 Mar 19
This is my FAVORITE dentist I’ve ever had. I’m a huge baby when it comes to dental work and I always feel safe and cared for. I’ve asked the Dr. to just pull a bad tooth, give me an unnecessary implant, etc. He will not do it. They truly act in the patients best interest. If I could take out an ad referring them- I would do so. BEST DENTIST
laura ruggiero
laura ruggiero
03:30 13 Mar 19
I just had my first visit with this office. I was thrilled with the friendliness and professionalism of the entire staff. Dr. Daoud spent a lot of time educating me about a question of mine. He was genuinely concerned about my health, not just my money.
Eddie Beasley
Eddie Beasley
21:22 25 Feb 19
WOW! Same day crown service is awesome!!! Dr. Daoud's state of the art, IN-OFFICE technology made getting a new crown easy and timely; from broken tooth to permanent crown in 90 minutes! No more two-week waiting with frail and uncomfortable temps. Friendly staff, wonderful service. HIGHLY recommended :o)
As a prior dentist hater, I have to say FeatherSound Smiles has completely changed my mind - I no longer hate going to the dentist!! The service is great and the staff feels like a family! Appointments are always on time - no time wasted waiting. They speak to you and listen to your concerns in a way I haven't experienced at the prior dentist I went to. They helped me catch up on the fillings I needed, now maintaining a sparkling smile through painless cleanings with Emily and they accommodate my quirky requests to help with my anxiety. I couldn't ask for more.
Heather Rodgers
Heather Rodgers
19:51 28 Nov 18
The best Dentist I have ever been to. Very friendly environment, but what makes them stand out is their expertise, speed, and professionalism. Highly recommend anyone that need a one stop dental office to stop by and try - I think you will be pleasantly surprise 🙂
Ethan Lee
Ethan Lee
22:25 21 Nov 18
This office is amazing! It sounds strange, but I’ve never had a dentist care about my dental health as much as Dr. Dauod! I recently had to get two extractions. I was super nervous and had been putting it off but they encouraged me to get it done. He made the process quick and painless. I recovered faster than I thought and can’t thank the Dr. and his staff enough!
Morgan K Clay
Morgan K Clay
12:43 20 Nov 18
Fantastic Dentist, wonderful staff, great office, and absolutely top notch cutting edge dentistry. Dr. Daoud is easily one of the best dentists in the country! Highly recommended.
00:51 20 Nov 18
Everyone in this office is so friendly. They offer very good service. This is the best dentist office I have ever been.
Vivian L
Vivian L
16:00 23 Oct 18
Just had 2 fillings. It was lightning fast and painless. I fought this office through a google search and I'm very happy I did
Mark St. Louis
Mark St. Louis
18:41 25 Sep 18
Excellent, professional service from the entire staff. Dr. and assistant reviewed the entire process before and after the treatment. all very personable as well. Pleasure to deal with. Highly recommend.
David Itzkowitz
David Itzkowitz
22:07 27 Aug 18
I thought having my teeth cleaned was supposed to hurt. Turns out I was just getting bad service. Today I had my teeth cleaned Emily at Feather Sound Smiles. She was awesome, and may be the only person I ever let stick a pointed instrument in my mouth again. Dr. Amir is pretty cool too.
Lane Kent
Lane Kent
20:57 20 Aug 18
That was the greatest dentist experience in my life! I will recommend you guys to everyone! Amazing and very professional team! Thank you so much!
yana molchanova
yana molchanova
12:39 17 Aug 18
These guys are great! The facility is super clean, the technology they use is impressive, and the staff are friendly. I always feel like family when I go back for my check-ups. I definitely would recommend FeatherSound Smiles to anyone looking for a dentist in the North St. Pete/Clearwater area.
Tatianna Sobers
Tatianna Sobers
21:16 16 Jul 18
I have had a lot of dental work done over the years and always dread going to the dentist. This was the best dental visit I have ever had. Every staff member was professional and extremely friendly. They took their time, explained things thoroughly and answered all of my questions. Sarah is an amazing hygienist, Diana who did my initial x-rays was great, Lynda at the front desk was very helpful especially in setting up my initial appointment and answering questions about the practice. I can't say enough about Dr. Daoud . He is so friendly and easy to talk to. He answered my questions and eased a lot of my fears. I have definitely found my new dental home and I don't think I will ever dread another visit to the dentist. Thank you all for making my first visit so pleasant.
Kim Duarte
Kim Duarte
14:56 09 Jul 18
As a 62 year old, I've been to many dentist in my time. I can say without a doubt that the team at Feather Sound Smiles is the absolute best I've ever encountered. They use the most modern equipment in dentistry and use automation wherever possible. The entire staff are very courteous and kind. They have set the new standard in dentistry!
William Schuyler
William Schuyler
17:47 04 Jul 18
Dr Daoud and his staff are really good. I have been going to this place almost two years now, its a great place for all kind of dental issues.
Namrata Yadav
Namrata Yadav
00:20 03 Jul 18
Dr Daoud and his staff are great. Very professional care in a laid back atmosphere. I moved from St Pete to Odessa a year ago but still come here for my dental care.
Wil Price
Wil Price
01:58 20 Jun 18
These guys are amazing! Today was my first time going there and I got my exam, cleaning, fillings and invisiline scanning all in one. The cherry on top was Dr. Daoud putting on the world cup game as I was getting cavities filled. I didnt miss a second. I used to dread going to the dentists, but everyone there truly makes me want to go back every month. I might just go back tomorrow to watch the next game with him!
Philipp Karasch
Philipp Karasch
21:03 18 Jun 18
We have been going to FeatherSound for about 2 years. My son is almost done with the teen Invisalign and my daughter has had many fillings and caps. They are always honest, professional and caring. I don’t feel the wait has ever been unreasonable. Their prices are less than our previous dentist in Palm Harbor, let’s face it dental work is not cheap. My husband is having implants with Feathersound now, I will update this after he is done. We are very happy with FeatherSound.
Krista W
Krista W
16:29 28 May 18
Dr. Daoud and his staff are very professional. Dr. Daoud is knowledgeable and friendly. Most efficient Dentist office I’ve been at. Sarah the hygienist is awesome. She knows what she’s doing. She makes sure you are comfortable during the whole process and she is very informative about the process as well as your specific dental needs or issues. Lynda makes sure everything runs smoothly at office management wise, she has amazing customer service skills. I highly recommend them. Truly exceptional!!
Ricky Kureti
Ricky Kureti
21:54 24 May 18
Very accommodating, friendly and gave me a great cleaning. I actually enjoyed my dental visit. I have found my new dentist. I definitely recommend them to anyone looking.
Rodney Ondrus
Rodney Ondrus
22:15 18 Apr 18
So happy I found Dr. Amir and his wonderful staff. Excellent care in a warm and friendly,y environment. Everyone is so caring and kind. Couldn’t be happier.
Suzette Ungvarsky
Suzette Ungvarsky
00:37 10 Apr 18
Amazing dentist office. Dentist Amir is smart, funny and kind. In fact everyone there is extremely kind, from the front desk to Sarah the dental hygienist to everyone I've met there, but not like overly nice kind. More of a genuine kind attitude you don't find very often. You can tell they actually care about you/your teeth there and they don't push work you don't need. Equipment there is top notch and staff is extremely experienced. Keep up the fantastic work.
M Johnson
M Johnson
04:59 21 Mar 18
I love it here! Best dentist in the Bay area.I had a really bad experience with my previous dentist, which made my jaw issues 10X worse. Fast Forward 2 years, after 1 appointment with Feather Sound Smiles, I not only have beautiful clean teeth but my jaw pain is completely gone! I can't believe it. They taught me how to relax my jaw and not clench all day long. Highly recommended. In & out of a cleaning, under 30 minutes.
Mary D'Alesandro
Mary D'Alesandro
21:08 21 Feb 18
Highly Recommend! This place is clean, friendly, professional, and punctual! I interacted with Alex, Dr. Amir, and Sarah. Had genuine conversations with me, gentle with the cleaning process, and spoke about my concerns in depth. Any questions or concerns you may have, this place can guide you towards the right direction. It was my first visit at this dentist office and I will make it my only dentist practice. They don't rush you out, they make you feel comfortable. Great staffing. If you're looking for a professional dentists office, come here.
Sofia Sanchez
Sofia Sanchez
16:00 30 Jan 18
Being new to the area Feather Sound Smiles was recommended to me. My first visit went smoothly and I couldn’t say enough good things about Dr. Daoud and his staff. They were super nice, friendly and very professional. They have the latest technology on site and my root canal took only a couple of hours from start to finish. I walked out with my permanent crown in place. Phenomenal job!
nada mishrik
nada mishrik
17:53 09 Jan 18
Absolutely love this dental team! Was totally afraid of going to the dentist after multiple horrid experiences (drilling through tooth, left a particle under a filling, numbed my mouth, allergic reaction). But alas, teeth need to be cared for. Been coming to this office since 2011, absolutely love the team, especially Sarah! She is always so thorough and helpful. I especially like how they don't try to "sell" me anything new and provide me with a tooth care/maintenance plan to help my teeth get healthier between visits. Recommend them to all my friends and family!
Ingrid Rodriguez
Ingrid Rodriguez
02:07 28 Dec 17
This office is clean, comfortable and the staff is extremely friendly and caring! I had a great experience and won’t go anywhere else! I would recommend them to anyone. If you don’t like going to the dentist you should definitely try Feather Sound, they will make you feel right at home! Dr. Daoud was extremely knowledgeable and Emily the hygienist was a pleasure.
Rachel Fontana
Rachel Fontana
02:51 19 Dec 17
Fantastic service from everyone. Establishing as a new patient was an enjoyable process. I went in for a cleaning and was told my mouth was "boring." They gave great information and didn't offer anything I didn't need. Glad I found them.
Matt Schneller
Matt Schneller
16:16 29 Nov 17
Excellent experience on my first visit today.! Dr. Daoud was very knowledgeable, personable and up front about my dental needs. Every person I encountered was extremely friendly, warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. I have had an astounding number of dental/orthodontic treatments in my life and this was by far one of my best experiences all around.
Mandy Paige
Mandy Paige
02:52 22 Nov 17
I can't say enough nice things about Dr. Daoud and his dentistry practice. He and his his staff are excellent, always friendly and extremely professional. His practice epitomizes the next generation in general and cosmetic dentistry. His technology is far superior to any other dentist I've experienced. More impressive is his care and attention to each patient. That's why our entire family has switched and are now patients. I feel comfortable saying he's the best dentist in the Tampa Bay area.
vincent fabrizzi
vincent fabrizzi
23:17 23 Oct 17
We just moved back to the area and our son recommended Dr. Daoud. For those of you that actually read these...I too had a filling drilled out and refilled. After an accident in the early 70's, I've had copious amounts of dental work completed. Old work sometimes, has to be replaced and with the technology today, the filling replaced yesterday will probably be outlast the car I bought last year and cost a lot less. Lynda greeted me with an early morning smile, Alex led me through the procedures and assisted Dr. Daoud with my filling, and Sara made my cleaning, irrigation, fluoride treatment a dream. Thank you for my first appointment being so comfortable and professional!
tim miller
tim miller
14:04 18 Oct 17
Thank you for taking great care of our family! Invisalign was well worth it, Our smiles thank you.
Lauren Gavrelis
Lauren Gavrelis
02:16 21 Sep 17
A friend recommended this dentist. They were kind, thorough, detailed, and very welcoming. The best part they actually cared.
mary gill
mary gill
11:37 13 Jul 17
Great Dentist! Dr Daoud did a procedure to remove two teeth and place dental implants. He took the time and fully explained each step of the process. Very knowledgeable and I feel I received the best and most advanced care available for dental implants. He did a great job and I am very happy with the procedure and everyone in the office was very professional, friendly and did a great job.
Jeff Brunozzi
Jeff Brunozzi
22:48 22 Jun 17
Dr Amir Daoud is hands down one of the best dentists we have ever met. He treated my husband and we're very happy with his quality of work, his personable mannerism, and the lengths that he takes to make sure his patients are okay. We highly recommended him.
Yolanda Moayedi
Yolanda Moayedi
20:37 20 Jun 17
This practice truly stands out among all of the places I have been. From exceptional hygienists who go the extra mile to make sure your experience is a good one, to Dr. Dauod taking the time to explain the treatment options that are best for you. It is has been evident on numerous occasions that his advice to me had my best interest at heart. I have had bad experiences with other practices in the past who have tried to put their bottom line first, so it is refreshing to have finally found an establishment that I can truly trust. Thank you for everything!
Mark Stone
Mark Stone
19:20 21 May 17

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2325 Ulmerton Rd Ste 27
Clearwater FL 33762


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