Dr. Nick Brand grew up on a farm in Missouri. During those years he gained insight into the simple values of life and has maintained those Midwestern family values throughout his lifetime.Dr. Brand discovered early on that he had a passion for smile restoration and continued his education acquiring several advanced surgery and Dental Implant programs in the United States and Europe.
Dr. Brand received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1990, from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. After that, he joined the United States Army Dental Corps as a general dentist for four years, during which he completed his residency.
The desire to implement the latest in Implant Dentistry didnt stop there.Dr. Nick opened Dental Implants of Ocala and within the last 10 years, he introduced IV Sedation, 3D Printed Guide software and 3D Intra-Oral scanning to ensure the best possible outcome and faster recovery for his patients.
We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.
Dr. Brand and our entire team are dedicated to your wellbeing, and it shows. Our patients consistently tell us how grateful they are for us, how knowledgeable and informative our staff is, and how experienced Dr. Brand is in implant dentistry. We have often been told that we are the implant experts in the area, and we strive to maintain this reputation with our advanced, experienced implant care.
Our patients love how they can get all their implant care completed in one office and how comfortable we make them feel during the entire process. We have worked hard to make this possible through advanced education and training, and we are thrilled to be able to provide comprehensive implant dentistry at our Ocala, FL practice!
We are committed to providing the most advanced and quality care at our office. Digital surgical technology is the backbone of our care and enables us to improve the accuracy of our diagnostics, precision in surgical and restorative care, and the long-term success of treatment. If you are looking for a technology-forward implant practice, let us be your first choice!
At our office, we lead your treatment from beginning to end, including all fees, procedures, and follow-up care. We take all responsibility for your treatments (and in the rare occasion of a complication) during the implant process. This approach gives you confidence that you are receiving the best care for your unique needs at the best price point, ensuring the most beneficial and long-term outcomes of your care.
People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just cant keep up. If youve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The root is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they dont directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants dont compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Dental implants act like natural teeth, from root to crown. They're made of highly durable and strong materials that can resist the force of eating tough, hard, or chewy foods like meat, nuts, and raw fruits and vegetables.
Dental implants integrate with the jaw bone, providing the same level of stimulation as that of natural tooth roots. Whenever you bite or chew, implants take on this pressure and help keep the jaw bone healthy.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to borrow bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
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