Tooth loss is a serious issue that has a major impact on every aspect of your life. When you lose your teeth, biting and chewing become more difficult. You may have trouble speaking. The quality of your smile suffers, and your confidence decreases. Tooth loss even has an impact on the health and integrity of your jawbone. At Solutions Dental Implants, we provide dental implants as a solution for your tooth loss, giving you back the functions of your teeth and your quality of life.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw. These posts are then used to provide support for your replacement teeth.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies based on several factors. These factors include how many implants you need and if you need a bone graft before implant placement. While implants have previously not been covered by dental insurance, more and more providers are beginning to provide at least some coverage. Speak with your insurance provider about their policy on dental implants.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The total time that it takes from when your implants are placed until the time that your final restorations are placed varies from patient to patient. Typically, the posts can be placed in 30 minutes to an hour. After your implants are placed, there is a recovery period, during which your bone fuses to the posts. Healing from implants can take several weeks to several months to complete. Based on your specific situation, we can give you an estimated timeline of your treatment.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure. We provide a local anesthetic, which will prevent you from feeling any pain while we place them. We can also provide sedation, which will help you to relax throughout the procedure. After surgery, some discomfort is normal and can often be managed with over the counter or prescription pain relievers. The pain should subside as you heal.
What If I Do Not Have Enough Bone Mass?
Implants rely on your jawbone for stability. However, after you lose your teeth, you begin to lose bone mass in your jaw. Placing implants in weak bone can result in loose implants or implant failure. If you do not currently have enough bone mass remaining in your jaw, a bone graft may be required. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, we may also be able to provide you with All-on-4 dental implants, avoiding the need for a bone graft.
Do Implants Require Special Care?
The great thing about dental implants is that not only do they look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, they can also be cared for just like your natural teeth. It is important to continue brushing and flossing as normal, even if all of your teeth have been replaced. This will help to prevent gum disease and implant failure, ensuring the longevity of your implants.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to be a long-term, even permanent, solution to tooth loss. The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. This triggers the body to send the necessary nutrients for jaw health and strength. Taking proper care of your implants will ensure that they last.
Am I a Candidate?
Candidates for dental implants are missing at least one tooth, are in good health, and are willing to quit smoking or other tobacco products, at least throughout the duration of treatment. A thorough oral exam will help to determine your candidacy.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and finding out if they are the right solution for you, call Solutions Dental Implants at (623) 556-5442 today to schedule your consultation.