What are dental implants?
Dental implants are prosthetics that replace the roots of missing teeth. An implant has a tiny titanium post that looks like a screw. This post is surgically implanted into the jawbone in a comfortable procedure. After insertion, bone fuses to titanium over several months. This is referred to as osseointegration. In a follow up procedure, performed after stabilization of the implant post, the abutment portion of the implant is connected to the post. Lastly, the visible, lifelike restoration can be affixed to the abutment. Implants may hold crowns, a bridge or a full denture. In the All-on-Four procedure, patients who are edentulous gain functional, comfortable support for a denture plate.
What are the benefits of dental implant treatment?
There are many advantages to replacing teeth and their roots with implant treatment:
- Artificial teeth, whether a crown, bridge, or denture, look and feel extremely natural.
- Restorations fit precisely, ending the need for adhesives while ensuring the prosthetic doesn't slip out of place.
- Implants preserve the beauty of your smile and healthy facial contours.
- Teeth can be replaced in the most conservative manner, without reliance on surrounding teeth for support.
- Mimicking the action of natural roots, implants prevent the breakdown of bone in the area of tooth loss.
- It is possible to fully restore the smile in a single visit, receiving both implant and restoration on the same day.
- Implants can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene practice.
- Replacing teeth with implants, you can eat whatever you like and feel the utmost confidence in your smile.
Does dental implant treatment have a proven success rate?
Successful dental implant treatment is described as that through which the implant becomes fully integrated into the jawbone. The success rate of implants is over 97 percent. It is even possible to remove and reposition an implant that fails to integrate fully after an initial procedure.
What is involved in implant treatment?
Traditionally, dental implant treatment involves several phases. Initially, an examination is performed and time is taken to properly plan for treatment. After the insertion of implants, several months are taken to allow complete healing of bone around titanium screws. Finally, the abutment and restoration can be placed. This conventional process can take up to a year to complete.
Advances in technology and technique, such as 3D CT Scan imaging, have made it possible to quickly and accurately plan the insertion of implants. Coupled with in-house milling of final restorations, modern methods allow patients to walk out of our office with their natural looking new smile after just one simplified procedure.
Does dental implant surgery hurt?
Some degree of discomfort is to be expected from any type of surgical procedure. Implant surgery is, however, very minor. In addition to local anesthetic, we may incorporate IV sedation to improve the overall experience. The procedure is, as well, performed with computer guidance and precise technique.
After surgery, many patients are able to resume normal activities within a day or two. Post-surgical discomfort is often described as no different than tooth extraction. Because the crown, bridge, or denture rests on implants, not on the gums, comfort is heightened compared to other restorative procedures.
Where is treatment performed and who performs the procedure?
Due to the intricacy of dental implant surgery, many general dentists refer their patients to an oral surgeon for this portion of their restorative treatment plan. Any licensed dentist, however, may receive training to perform this procedure. The advantage of having an oral surgeon complete implant surgery is the level of experience he or she may have. At the same time, the narrow focus and lower level of familiarity the oral surgeon has with the patient and the overall treatment plan can create a challenge. In the same manner, the dentist who is restoring an implant that was not personally placed may lack understanding of any complications.
At Peninsula Dental Implant Center, we perform the entire process of tooth replacement. We diagnose the initial problem, discuss goals, plan surgery using state-of-the-art imaging, perform the surgery, and design and place the restoration. Every step of the process is performed right here in our office by a team that you know and trust. As implant specialists, we have completed extensive training in this area of dentistry and have performed hundreds and hundreds of procedures. We have the follow-through to see you from your first visit to your follow-up after implant surgery, giving us the familiarity with your case to ensure an optimal outcome.
What is the cost of treatment? Will it be covered under my dental insurance?
Dental implant treatment varies from one person to another, so costs are estimated during your initial consultation for care. Factors that go into the cost of treatment include the number of teeth that have been lost or extracted, the need for additional procedures such as sinus augmentation or bone grafting, and the type of restoration that will be used. The average cost for a single implant is a few thousand dollars. It is not always necessary, however, to plan a single implant for every individual tooth to be replaced. For instance, it is possible to restore an entire arch with as few as four implants and a custom denture plate.
We understand the importance of affordable care, and yet we do not sacrifice quality. Due to our on-site technologies and bulk purchases of supplies, patients obtain affordable care from our practice. When you visit Peninsula Dental Implant Center, we will discuss your options for treatment and explain the costs involved in your care plan. While insurance coverage may be available for dental implants, the amount of coverage may be comparable to that of a traditional denture or bridge.
Do dental implant require special care?
Dental implants and their restorations, whether a crown, bridge, or denture, can be cared for in the same manner you care for natural teeth. In some cases, flossing technique will need to be modified. As we help you restore teeth with implants, we will demonstrate healthy hygiene techniques to make your transition as easy as possible. In addition to routine brushing and flossing, professional exams and cleanings remain crucial to long term oral health.
I think I am too old to get dental implants!
There is no age limit on a healthy, attractive, functional smile! Patients from middle age to over 100 heal at about the same rate as younger patients, which is just one indicator that you cannot be too old for dental implants.
The primary factor that may pose a challenge to implant treatment is general health conditions. Because it is important to be in good health in order for implant surgery to be successful, we perform a thorough health history on all patients considering this type of care. In most cases, tooth replacement with dental implant surgery provides excellent, lasting results - regardless of age.
You can feel confident and comfortable in your own smile. Contact us to schedule your consultation for dental implant treatment.