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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can impact your ability to properly chew and speak. They can also cause jawbone deterioration. 

Dental implants provide support for your restoration as well as stimulation to keep your jawbone healthy.

Learn why Drs. Gerald W. Bird and Jay A. Johnson in Cocoa, FL, recommend implants over other options.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots. Implants support restorations such as dentures, dental crowns, and dental bridges to replace missing teeth. It is the only restorative dentistry treatment that can stop and prevent the jawbone atrophy that can occur with tooth loss. 

Dental Implants Can Address All Types of Tooth Loss

Single Tooth

For one missing tooth, a dental implant paired with a dental crown can fill in the gap and prevent bone loss.

Multiple Missing Teeth

If you have several consecutive missing teeth, a dental bridge and dental implants can help restore your oral function and appearance. 

Complete Tooth Loss

For patients missing all of their natural teeth on one or both arches, implant-supported dentures offer superior stability over traditional dentures. 

Take a Closer Look at Dental Implants

In this case, a dental implant and dental crown are used to replace a single missing tooth. The implant is surgically inserted into the jaw at our Cocoa dental office. An abutment is then attached so your dentist can secure your restoration directly to the implant. 

THREE GREAT REASONS to Get Dental Implants

Eat with Confidence

With dental implants, you can feel confident biting into and chewing all types of foods. Your restorations are anchored firmly in the jaw, so they will not move out of place if you eat chewy or crunchy foods.

Maintain Your Jawbone Health

Do you know that a missing tooth or teeth can cause your underlying bone to shrink? This can result in dental health problems and an aged appearance. Dental implants can stop bone loss due to missing teeth.


If you maintain good oral health, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Patients who exercise a good oral care routine at home, visit the dentist every six months, and don’t smoke can prolong the longevity of their implants.

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Dental implants are an amazing restorative dentistry procedure. Paired with a beautiful restoration, they can allow patients to eat the foods they love, speak confidently, and experience a dazzling smile.

Our oral surgeons, Drs. Gerald W. Bird and Jay A. Johnson, have extensive experience and skill and take a patient-focused approach to providing comprehensive, advanced, and customized surgical solutions. 

Get started on your smile restoration journey by requesting a consultation. Fill out our online form or call our dental practice in Cocoa, FL, today. 

(321) 631-7000

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Dr johnson was caring compassionate and did what another doctor said he wouldn't be done. Dr johnson said we may as well try it if it doesn't work you will be 100% reimbursed. Thankfully it worked and I am so grateful

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I have severe anxiety when it comes to dentist of any sort and Dr. Johnson and his team were awesome and spent time reassuring me and gave me options before they ever started.

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Dental Implant Timeline


During your initial consultation at our Cocoa, FL, dental clinic, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your history and goals to determine if dental implants are the right course of treatment for you.


On the day of your procedure, your oral surgeon will begin your dental treatment by numbing the area. We also offer IV sedation to help you remain completely relaxed and comfortable during your implant placement. 


A small incision is made in the gums so your dentist can access the bone. Depending on your needs, one to eight implant posts will be inserted along the dental arch. In some cases, a temporary restoration will be attached


You will be given time to heal. Over the course of three to six months, the implants will fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. 


You will have another appointment for abutment placement. A small incision is made in the gums, and your dentist connects the abutment to the implant. 

Restoration Placement

After a few more weeks of healing, your dentist will secure your restoration to the dental implant. While our Cocoa dental office does not provide crowns, bridges, or dentures, we will coordinate your care to ensure a smooth treatment process. You are now ready to enjoy your fully restored smile. 

Have questions?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Q. What is the difference between traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures?

A. Traditional dentures rely on messy denture adhesive to remain in place. Implant-supported dentures are secured directly to the implants, eliminating the risk of slippage when you eat or speak. 

Q. How long do implants last?

A. Implants are made of durable titanium that is designed to last a lifetime. However, your restoration will wear over time and will eventually need to be replaced. 

Q. How do I care for my implants?

A. You will treat your implants and restoration just like natural teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene, visit your dentist for regular check-ups, do not use tobacco products, and do not use your teeth as a tool to open packages. 

Q. I just have one tooth missing. Do I really need an implant?

Even a single missing tooth can cause the jawbone to begin to deteriorate in the area. This can lead to further tooth loss later down the line.

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I went today for a tooth extraction and bone graft for future implant. The staff is very kind and helpful. From front desk to assistant to surgeon I can only say superb. Dr. Johnson is professional, kind, and extremely skillful. It’s been less than 6 hours since the extraction of my molar and I can’t believe I feel no discomfort. Highly recommend this practice. Thank you. Lisa Meyer

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Karen Delmonico



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I was in awe of my first visit and consultation with Bird and Johnson Oral Surgery. The staff from the front desk to the assistant to Dr.Johnson was incredible. Such kindness!! My consult with Dr. Johnson left me with such hope with the difficulties I have with my lower jaw bone. I have so much work to have done but I have so much faith that he will get me through this and back to being pain free. I cannot thank you enough for taking my situation on!

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Dr. Gerald Bird and Dr. Jay Johnson

Bird & Johnson Oral Surgery

Dr. Gerald Bird and Dr. Jay Johnson have several decades' worth of experience and are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • International College of Dentists
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

For more information about our services, call (321) 631-7000 to speak with our staff or reach out online.

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