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Living with missing teeth can be difficult and embarrassing, and can even jeopardize your oral health.
Dr. Michael Haight is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) who can place and restore dental implants to completely restore your smile.
Why should you replace missing teeth with dental implants?
Gaps in your smile can affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Replacing your teeth with implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures can restore function, aesthetics, and confidence.
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and provide the necessary stimulation to preserve the jawbone. This helps to prevent misalignment and further tooth loss.
Dental implants are made of titanium. When properly maintained through regular dental checkups and at-home care, your dental implants can last 40 years or longer.
How do dental implants work?
So just how many people are missing teeth?
What are implants most commonly recommended for?
Dental implants are an excellent, long-lasting, and strong option to replace one or several teeth. Implants free you from the concerns typically associated with dentures, such as shifting, a poor fit, and food restrictions. Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that are fixed directly into the jaw.
This all sounds impressive, but do I even qualify?
Candidates for dental implants must be in overall good health and have enough bone to support a dental implant. However, a bone graft can rebuild lost bone tissue and help some patients qualify.
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. Patients must follow excellent oral hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and eating a nutritious diet. Twice-yearly check-ups are also a must.
Patients with a high risk of developing periodontal or gum disease, such as smokers and diabetics, may not be good candidates for dental implants without preparatory treatment. We can treat you at our office.
After extensive research, Dr. Haight has chosen to use Ossotanium Implants. Ossotanium Implants were developed at Los Alamos National Labs and are technologically advanced – 100% titanium implants. Many implant companies will mix titanium with aluminum or vanadium but with health concerns of using aluminum in the body, Dr. Haight is proud to offer his patients a pure titanium product.
Patients interested in dental implants must first meet with Dr. Haight for an initial consultation. During this visit, he will first review your medical history and ask a number of questions about why you are interested in dental implants. Then, he will perform a comprehensive assessment of your teeth, gums, bone ridge, jaw joints, and other surrounding structures. He will also take x-rays and scans to evaluate the health of the underlying jawbone and identify important orofacial landmarks. Once it is determined that you are a candidate for implants, Dr. Haight and his staff will walk you through each step so you know what to expect.
Dental implant placement is typically straightforward from a patient’s point of view.
Using our advanced 3-D cone beam scanner, Dr. Haight can plan your treatment and design a custom surgical guide. During the actual surgery, this device can highlight the exact areas of the bone ridge where the implants should be placed. This technology takes the guesswork out of implant placement, offering patients the most accurate care available.
Dental implant placement is typically straightforward from a patient’s point of view. Surgery is typically broken down into several distinct steps:
The entire process usually takes about one to two hours per implant.
Because receiving dental implants requires surgery, patients must be prepared for a much longer recovery than that of other restorative procedures like dental crowns. However, these side effects can be mitigated by following a few simple post-operative guidelines. Generally, patients can expect to resume normal activities after a few days. Here, we will discuss what to anticipate during your dental implant recovery.
Once your surgery is complete, you are advised to rest at home for the remainder of the day. Listed below are a few recommendations to make this initial period of recovery as comfortable as possible:
Generally, postoperative side effects diminish within the first few days.
Proper healing is an essential part of a successful dental implant treatment.
Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 to 72 hours.
While this initial discomfort will fade over time, patients must be prepared for several more months of healing.
After dental implant placement, a few months of healing are required. During this time, the natural bone tissue will fuse to the titanium implants in a process known as osseointegration. Depending on the complexity of your case and your body’s healing capability, this could take between three and six months and even longer in some instances.
During your recovery period, it is essential that you follow proper oral hygiene protocol and avoid tobacco use. You should also keep attending all routine dental appointments so that your doctor can monitor your progress and assess your oral health.
Dental Implant success rates are 97%! Patients receive all the benefits of natural teeth with their dental implants. It is important to continue good oral hygiene with the implants to prevent bacteria buildup, which can cause gum disease or bone loss.
When considering the price of dental implants, there are several aspects to keep in mind. A fully restored tooth with a dental implant includes three parts: the implant post, the connector screw or abutment, and the restoration. At Parkway Dental, we offer several types of implant-supported restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Our base pricing for dental implants begins at:
These prices reflect no coverage by dental insurance. Your final treatment cost can vary substantially based on your unique needs. During your initial consultation, you can discuss all of your options with Dr. Haight and he can give you a personalized estimate.
In the end, the final cost of your dental implants is determined by the extent of the treatment you require. Replacing a single tooth is generally less expensive than restoring a full arch of missing teeth. There are a variety of factors to consider when estimating your treatment cost.
You may require a preparatory treatment to improve your candidacy for dental implants. Preparing for dental implants may include a bone graft, sinus lift, or treatment for gum disease. Any preliminary procedures will add to the overall cost of your dental implants treatment.
The amount of dental implants you need depends on how many teeth you have lost or need to have extracted. If you have lost two or more consecutive teeth, you may need an implant-supported bridge which typically requires one post per tooth. However, for an implant-supported denture, Dr. Haight can place as few as four to five implants for some patients. Others will need eight.
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your oral health and your overall quality of life.
The type of restoration you need will also affect the final cost of your treatment. Dr. Haight can restore your implants with a crown, bridge, or denture. Larger restorations tend to be more expensive than a single crown. In addition, choosing an advanced material can increase the final cost.
Many patients opt to have their procedure performed under sedation for improved comfort. The type of sedation you choose can affect the final cost of your treatment.
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your oral health and your overall quality of life. While they are more expensive than other tooth replacement options, they offer unparalleled support, stability, comfort, and functionality. They can also prevent the need for additional restorative treatments, saving you money over a lifetime.
Why choose Parkway Dental for your implant treatment?