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Dental Implants

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?

Unparalleled Benefits

Function & Aesthetics

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.

Improved Oral Health

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.

A Long-Lasting Solution

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?

Tooth Loss is More Common than You Might ThinkAdults lose an average of 7 teeth by age 64

*According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

What are implants most commonly recommended for?

Replace Missing Teeth & Stabilize Dentures

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?

Ask Yourself:

Am I Healthy with Sufficient Bone Tissue?

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.

Do I Care for My Smile Properly?

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.

Am I Free of Gum Disease?

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. 

Which Dental Implants does Parkway Dental use?

close up of blonde woman smilingAfter 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.

Before Dental Implant Surgery

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 Treatment Process

Dental implant placement is typically straightforward from a patient’s point of view. Surgery is typically broken down into several distinct steps:

  • Anesthesia: Before beginning, Dr. Haight will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the gums and surrounding tissues, keeping you comfortable throughout your treatment.
  • Incisions: Next, the doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone ridge underneath. Depending on your case, this will either be done with a traditional gum flap incision or a small circular incision.
  • Pilot hole: The surgical guide will be placed over the bone ridge so that Dr. Haight can determine the most appropriate location for your implant. Once this is determined, he will create a small pilot hole in the bone tissue.
  • Preparation of the site: Once the pilot hole is made, Dr. Haight will carefully increase its diameter to prepare the bone ridge for the implant post.
  • Placement of the implant: When the site has reached an appropriate depth and diameter, Dr. Haight will place the implant into the prepared bone.
  • Placement of the healing cap: Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone, a small healing cap or closure screw will be placed into the internal portion of the post. This seals the interior off from the oral environment and promotes proper healing.
  • Stitches: Finally, the incision will be closed with surgical sutures. In most cases, the stitches will dissolve on their own within the first few days. However, there may be some instances when patients need to have the stitches removed.

The entire process usually takes about one to two hours per implant.

Healing and Recovery

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.

Immediately following Dental Implant Surgery

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:

  • Pain management: Like any surgical procedure, patients can expect some level of pain or discomfort following the procedure. Fortunately, this can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication, which should be taken as directed by your doctor.
  • Bleeding: It is normal to experience some mild bleeding following your dental implant surgery. Before you leave our office, we may place a piece of gauze over the surgical site. This should be left in place for approximately 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, a moistened tea bag can be placed over the site. Gently bite down on the tea bag for about 15 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea will help shrink the blood vessels and capillaries, reducing bleeding.
  • Swelling: Some inflammation and swelling can occur after dental implant surgery. To reduce these side effects, place a cold compress on the external jaw in 20-minute increments.
  • Diet: It is a good idea to stick to liquids and soft foods until the numbness wears off. Smoothies, milkshakes, pudding, gelatin, and pasta are all excellent choices. In addition, we strongly recommend that you avoid straws for the first few days in order to avoid dislodging blood clots that form over the surgical site.
  • Oral care: Although you will be asked to use caution when cleaning the surgical site, it is still important to gently brush and floss during recovery. This helps keep harmful bacteria at bay and reduces the risk of infection and other complications.

Generally, postoperative side effects diminish within the first few days.

Proper healing is an essential part of a successful dental implant treatment.

The First Week

Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 to 72 hours.

  • Discomfort, bleeding, and swelling: Typically, bleeding will stop completely within the first 48 hours. Discomfort can be managed with pain relievers and swelling can be mitigated with cold compresses.
  • Diet: We recommend that patients continue a soft food diet for the first week following surgery. After that, begin to introduce more solid foods as your comfort level allows.
  • Exercise: We highly recommend that patients avoid any strenuous activity for at least 72 hours. Elevating the heart rate can lead to increased bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
  • Oral care: Continue brushing and flossing, becoming more and more aggressive as your comfort level increases. You can also incorporate warm saltwater rinses to soothe the surgical site.

While this initial discomfort will fade over time, patients must be prepared for several more months of healing.

The First Few Months

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.

Home Care during Your Dental Implant Recovery

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 Results

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.

Our Base Costs for Dental Implants

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 crownsbridges, and dentures. Our base pricing for dental implants begins at:

  • $2,222 per dental implant
  • $954 for the abutment
  • $1,552 for a single implant-supported crown

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. 

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants

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.

Pie chart of dental implant cost factors

Preliminary Procedures

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. 

Number of Implant Posts

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. 

Cost of Restoration

The type of restoration you need will also affect the final cost of your treatment. Dr. Haight can restore your implants with a crownbridge, or denture. Larger restorations tend to be more expensive than a single crown. In addition, choosing an advanced material can increase the final cost. 

Use of Sedation

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.

Why Invest in Dental Implants?

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?

Patient-Focused Care

The team at Parkway Dental is proud to provide an exceptional dental experience through:

  • Comfortable, personalized treatment
  • Patient education 
  • High-quality materials and the latest technology
  • World-class care

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (505) 298-7479.

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"Outstanding customer service. They greeted me, saw me exactly at the appointment time (no wait) and provided exceptional and informative dental care as they worked with me."

Dan D.

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