John P. Krueger, DDS, PA

Dental Implants

Tooth loss doesn’t have to be a permanent setback.

If you are unable to speak and chew with ease due to missing teeth, Dr. John Krueger and his dental team in Clearwater, FL, can restore your smile using advanced dental implants.

Our office uses surgical guides and 3-D imaging to plan implant placement for maximum results...

Benefits of Implant Dentistry

Once your treatment has been completed at our Clearwater, FL dental practice by our esteemed dentist, you can enjoy:

Stable Foundation

One of the main benefits of dental implants is that the titanium posts serve as a stable foundation for a dental crown (false tooth), bridge, or denture. If your removable denture has left you embarrassed to speak or chew in public due to the prosthetic slipping or wobbling, an implant-retained prosthetic can restore oral function and confidence because the implant functions like natural teeth. 

Restored Oral Health

Missing teeth can lead to teeth shifting and other dental problems. One or more lost teeth can also lead to bone atrophy. When we eat, tooth roots stimulate bone regeneration. Once a tooth is lost, those signals are no longer sent, and atrophy can set in. This is one reason why some toothless individuals appear to have caved-in cheeks. If you have a tooth extraction planned, our dentist can discuss the benefits of placing a dental implant immediately or soon after your tooth is extracted. 

Renewed Confidence

The loss of one or more teeth can be lead to embarrassment in social settings. Those feelings can be exacerbated by insecurities about the performance of removable prosthetics. Whether you are preparing for a public speech or are pursuing a romantic relationship, implant dentistry can restore your confidence.

Natural Oral Function

Traditional prosthetics can work wonders, but nothing can match the lifelike function that dental implants offer. The titanium posts allow crowns, bridges, and dentures to anchor directly to the jaws. Many of our patients report that implant dentistry delivers results that feel and function just like their natural teeth. If you miss the ability to chew foods like steak with confidence, we welcome you to learn more about this tooth replacement option by contacting our Clearwater, Florida dental practice.

A Lifelong Solution

Dentures require adjustments and replacements due to the fact that your jaws and gums slowly atrophy following complete tooth loss. Bridges need to be replaced from time to time as well. In contrast, a dental implant can last a lifetime and the titanium is biocompatible, meaning it can fully integrate into the surrounding bone. Your implant-retained prosthetic will also be made from durable materials that require fewer adjustments because implants provide a stable and unchanging base of support.

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Dr. John Krueger
Dr. John Krueger

If missing teeth are disrupting your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently, Dr. Krueger can help. Whether he performs your implant surgery himself or refers you to one of his trusted implant providers, Dr. Krueger will ensure that your treatment plan fits your needs and budget. 

Dr. Krueger has received hundreds of 5-star reviews from his patients and is a member of various prestigious dental organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Academy of General Dentistry

To schedule a dental implant consultation at our Clearwater, FL, practice, request an appointment online or call us: 

(727) 240-3481

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Sandra Ipson

Sandra Ipson

2019

I love Dr Krueger and his staff.  Been my dentist for over 10 years.  Today I had an horrible toothache and they got me in right away.  

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Kitty Buttice

Kitty Buttice

2019

I and my extended family all go to Dr. Krueger. I can say that everyone is pleased with the thorough exams, the satisfactory work, the gentle dental hygienist and the professional office staff.  Everyone makes you feel comfortable and important.
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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are made of titanium and the posts are designed to replace tooth roots. Over time, the metal fuses with the surrounding bone tissue through a natural process called osseointegration. Once the treatment site has fully healed, a variety of implant-retained tooth replacements can be placed over the implants.
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Types of Implant-Supported Restorations

Dental Crowns

If you are only missing one tooth, you will likely be a good candidate for a single implant-supported dental crown.

Dental Bridges

Patients who are missing multiple consecutive teeth can receive a stable, custom implant-retained bridge.

Dentures

If you are missing all or most of the teeth along an entire arch, you may be a candidate for an implant-retained denture. 

Are You a Candidate?

Most individuals who seek the life-changing benefits of dental implants are good candidates for the procedure. Your candidacy will be established during your consultation with Dr. Krueger. During this visit, he will assess: 

Your Jawbone Health

One potential barrier to receiving a dental implant is a lack of jawbone density. To lower your risk of implant failure or the chance of an implant rupturing the sinus membrane, Dr. Krueger will use 3-D imaging to examine your jawbone. If Dr. Krueger sees signs of insufficient jawbone density, he may recommend a sinus lift or a bone graft. If he is unable to perform your preparatory treatment, we provide referrals to trusted doctors in the area. Our office also offers mini dental implants, which may allow certain patients who have suffered bone resorption to avoid a graft.

Your Overall Health

Beyond having adequate bone density, candidates should be in good oral health and free of any medical conditions or medications that could complicate implant surgery and recovery. 

Janice G

Janice G

2019

Excellent dentist with wonderful office staff! Very personable and concerned about your comfort. Very highly recommend this dental office!
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Cindy & Ron Peabody

Cindy & Ron Peabody

2019

Caring, efficient, great visit. So friendly. Helped me with an appointment change.
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Seamless Restoration

An implant-supported crown can provide a stronger, healthier smile.

Possible Risks and Complications

Although rare, certain complications can arise after the surgical placement of your implant. Some patients may experience slower-than-expected healing or discomfort in the days following surgery. To lower your chance of complication after surgical tooth replacement, Dr. Krueger will discuss certain risk factors before scheduling your procedure. He may ask that you cease taking or find alternatives for certain medications, for example. 

Tobacco use is also a risk factor for implant surgery. If you smoke or use tobacco products, you will be at increased risk for infection following surgery. Tobacco use also leads to lower bone density, which can heighten your risk of implant failure. For these reasons, Dr. Krueger recommends that you refrain from smoking for a period of time before and after your surgery.

You can further manage your risk of complications by working with an experienced and qualified dentist. Dr. Krueger has over four decades of experience, and he is highly reviewed. His office uses advanced dentistry options, including 3-D imaging and surgical guides to ensure optimal results.

Other Treatment Options

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Traditional Restorations

Traditional restorations are a trusted method to restore oral function following tooth loss. Our Clearwater, FL dental practice offers dental bridges and dentures for patients who are missing multiple teeth. While these restorative treatments are lower in cost than dental implants, they do not offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. 

Illustration of All-on-4 implants

All-on-4 Implants

If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, Dr. Krueger can refer you to a trusted doctor who can place All-on-4 dental implants. The advanced implant system places two titanium posts at 45-degree angles, maximizing the availability of jawbone tissue in patients who lack sufficient bone mass. 

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If you are dissatisfied with the performance of your prosthetic, dental implants can restore natural chewing function and allow you to speak and chew with confidence again. 

The dental team at The Clear Water Dentist is devoted to providing all of our patients with the highest quality care–every single time. Learn more about how dental implants can allow you to look and feel your best. To schedule your dental implant consultation, please contact our office online or call:

(727) 240-3481

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How Are Dental Implants Placed?

Our office offers a spa-like experience with TVs in each room and headsets so you can relax while you wait to begin treatment. Although the procedure varies from person to person, you can typically expect several steps: 

Anesthesia

Our dentist prioritizes patient comfort. Before your procedure begins, your jaw and surrounding tissue will be completely numbed using local anesthesia.

Incisions

Once you are relaxed, your dentist will carefully make a very small incision in your gums to access the underlying bone.

Implant Placement

Using an advanced digital surgical guide, Dr. Krueger will make an initial pilot hole that will be used to guide the dental implant into place.

Suturing

Once your dental implant is placed, any incisions in your gum tissue will be sutured and gauze will be used to control bleeding.

Return Home

Shorter after your surgery concludes, you will be released to return home. We ask that a friend or family member is available to drive you. 

Recovery & Aftercare

Some swelling and tenderness are normal following dental implant surgery. You will be given detailed recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. Patients should rest for the remainder of the day following surgery.  Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first week following surgery or until Dr. Krueger advises otherwise. Your recovery guidelines may include advice to:

  • Take care when cleaning near the surgical site
  • Avoid using a straw for the first week following surgery
  • Report any unexpected pain to our office
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed
  • Eat soft foods for the first few days following surgery
  • Avoid hot foods and hot liquids for the first few days following surgery
  • Refrain from smoking

Full healing can take four to six months. At some point during your recovery, a second minor surgery will be scheduled. During this follow-up visit, Dr. Krueger will attach a small metal device called an abutment to your implant. This small attachment is the point of contact between your implant and your prosthetic. Once you are fully healed, your new crown, bridge, or denture will be placed. 

Maintaining Your Results

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To manage your risk of infection and dental implant failure, we ask patients to maintain good oral hygiene and continue scheduling twice-a-year visits to our Clearwater dental practice for cleanings and exams. While implants are made from titanium, the supporting jawbone tissue is still vulnerable to damage from smoking, trauma, and periodontal disease. By maintaining oral health and taking steps to avoid injuring your jaw, you can proactively ensure that you enjoy the benefits of your dental implant for a lifetime.
Maquina Randall

Maquina Randall

2019

Dr. Krueger and his staff are amazing. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. My first visit felt like Dr. Krueger has been my dentist all my life! Recently moved to Florida, in search of a dentist, I was recommended to Dr. Krueger. I couldn't have had a better experience!
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Lisa Gagnon

Lisa Gagnon

2019

The most thorough dentist I have ever experienced! Staff is wonderful, environment is clean and comfortable. Also, they don’t overbook so you don’t have to wait forever!
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Dr. Krueger
Dr. Krueger

Dr. John Krueger has over four decades of experience. He is highly reviewed by his patients and has earned standing in several dental organizations, including: 

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Equilibration Society
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • Academy of General Dentistry

To request your appointment at The Clear Water Dentist, message us online or call (727) 240-3481.

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