Dental Implants Information
We offer dental implants that can restore your smile and provide outstanding support for bridges, crowns and other prosthetic replacements that look and work like your natural teeth. This guide to dental implants will provide you with the information you need to make the right choice for your appearance and your dental health.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a metal post or frame that creates a foundation on which dentists can place artificial teeth. Dental implants provide the internal support needed for replacement teeth and crowns. This can ensure the most secure and durable results for these cosmetic dentistry solutions.
The Different Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are available in endosteal and subperiosteal varieties, each of which is intended to provide you with a more complete smile. The difference between these two types of dental implants lies in the way they are attached to your jawbone.
Endosteal Dental Implants: These implants are fitted into the jawbone to provide the greatest possible strength for the attachment. Once the gums heal, a second surgery is needed to attach metal posts to the implants, on which your new teeth are attached.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants: These implants are designed for people with significant bone loss. These advanced dental implants are positioned precisely within the gums to provide support for crowns and bridges. When the gums heal, the implants become fixed to the jawbone. Posts, on the framework made by the implants, now stick out through the gum tissue to allow for the artificial teeth to be attached.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
For patients worried about the cost of dental implants, the best way to find out about pricing and options for these procedures is to schedule an appointment at our practice. We can provide you with an accurate evaluation of the current state of your teeth, gums and the bones of your jaw.
This can provide you with a better estimate of your dental implants cost and can help you plan for these expenses more effectively. We offer affordable dental implants to help you enjoy the benefits of these advanced procedures.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Some dental plans do cover a part of the cost of dental implants. If dental implant insurance is not part of your coverage, however, it may be worthwhile to check into the parts of the procedure that may be covered. This can potentially save you money on the cost of your dental implant procedure. Patients without any dental implant insurance can often make payment plans on the affordable dental implants offered by our office. Speak to us during your dental implant consultation to determine the available payment plan options and what could work for your budget.
Remember it is best to speak to your dental insurance first to determine your coverage for the procedure before agreeing to any dental procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure Steps
When preparing for your dental implants procedure, your dentist may recommend prescription medications or oral surgery to prepare your jaw and gums. The method used to perform your dental implants procedure will vary depending on the condition of your jaw.
If you have any remaining teeth where the implant is to be fitted, these teeth will be removed. Your dentist will cut open gum tissue to expose the jawbone. A small hole will then be made in your jawbone by a drill to insert the dental implants. This provides the most secure connection for dental prosthetics. This concludes the first surgery. You will have a gap where your teeth used to be. This may be temporarily filled with a type of partial denture.
The next step is to wait for the bone tissue to grow over the implants and for the gums to heal, providing a solid base for your new teeth. This process can take up to six months. Once the bone tissue has grown sufficiently, a minor surgery is needed to attach the abutment, or piece your artificial teeth will sit on. Your gum tissue will be reopened, the abutment will be attached, and the gum tissue will be closed around the abutment.
In some cases, the abutment is placed during the initial surgery, however, some patients do not like the appearance of the abutment protruding through their gums without artificial teeth and prefer to have it done in a second surgery.
Your gums will be left to heal for one to two weeks before impressions are made of your mouth and remaining teeth. These impressions will be used to make crowns, the realistic looking artificial teeth, that will restore your smile and dental health.
This procedure involves securing your dental implants in your gum tissue instead of your bone. Your dentist will open up the tissue and place the dental implants.. These implants typically require a longer healing period and are designed for patients who have experienced significant bone loss in their jaw areas. Once the gums are healed, metal posts and the abutment will protrude from the gums, ready for the placement of the crowns. The process of preparing the crowns is the same as in the endosteal procedure.
After your Dental Implant Procedure
You may experience discomfort or pain for a short period of time. Patients can expect minor bleeding, swelling, bruising and pain at the site after the procedure and may be required to eat soft foods for a number of days. Your dentist will recommend prescription or over-the-counter medicines to manage any pain effectively.
Once the incision site has healed and your dental implants are ready, your permanent crown or bridge will be attached to these anchor points to provide you with a more beautiful smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Your dental implants can improve the health of your mouth by making your teeth easier to clean. The artificial crowns placed on the implants act the same as your natural teeth, and you are able to clean them properly through regular brushing and flossing.
- The procedure does not damage surrounding teeth, allowing you to keep more of your natural teeth compared to other options.
- Implants provide added support for the teeth surrounding the gaps in your smile.
- The improved bite made possible by dental implants can help you chew food more effectively and, in some cases, may even allow you to speak more clearly.
- Many patients report increased self-confidence and enhanced self-esteem after dental implants and replacement crowns, as they have a restored and rejuvenated smile.
- Dental implants are more comfortable then other options, such a partial or full dentures.
Dental Implant Care
Caring for your dental implants after your surgical procedure generally involves gentle brushing around the area of the incision and waiting for the sites to heal. Once your crowns or bridges have been placed, however, you can generally brush and floss your teeth normally. These permanent implants are designed to function just like your natural teeth and can streamline the cleaning process for you.
Besides keeping up your own dental health routine, it is important to keep to regular dentist appointments for professional cleanings, dental care and advice. It is also wise to quit habits that may damage your teeth, such as using tobacco products or chewing hard candy.
Am I a Candidate for Implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most patients with strong bones in their jaw or with minimal gum degeneration. However, you are more likely to be a candidate for implants if you tick the following boxes:
- Have one or more missing or damaged teeth
- Have a fully grown jawbone
- Have enough bone structure to accommodate the implants or be eligible for a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- No health conditions that will negatively affect the bone healing process
- Are able and willing to wear dentures
- Can commit several months to the implant procedure
Scheduling an appointment with our office is the best way to determine if you can benefit from these advanced dental options.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If your mouth is healthy and you take regular care in cleaning and maintaining your dental health, your dental implants may last for many years. Most patients can expect to enjoy at least 10 years of functional life from these dental options.
To learn more about Monumental Dental’s dental implant options, call our office to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to the chance to serve all your dental needs.
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