Following tooth loss, it is essential that your missing teeth be replaced as soon as possible. Replacing missing teeth restores basic functions like eating and speaking. It also helps to improve your smile and restore your quality of life. Today, you have many options when it comes to tooth replacement. At Harmony Dental, we can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. This is an incredibly popular choice today that provides many substantial benefits. While popular, however, there are still many questions regarding this unique restorative treatment.
What Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment for tooth loss. It is a modern solution to bridges and dentures, using small titanium posts to provide support for replacement teeth. The posts, typically made from titanium, are surgically placed into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw in a process called osseointegration. The posts essentially become replacement roots that anchor your replacement teeth securely in place.
Am I a Candidate?
Dental implants are a versatile treatment with a high rate of success. Even so, a consultation is needed to determine if you are a candidate. You may be a candidate for dental implants if
||You are missing one or more teeth.
||You are in good general health.
||You do not smoke or are willing to quit.
||Your jawbone is strong enough to fuse to the posts and properly support them.
How Long Does the Treatment Process Take?
The implant surgery itself takes only about 30 minutes to complete. After your surgery is over, healing can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. During this time, your jawbone fuses to the posts. Once the posts are fully integrated into your jaw, the process for making your final replacement teeth begins, which can take about another 2 weeks. The total treatment time varies from patient to patient depending upon factors such as how many posts are being placed if you develop complications during your healing, and if you need a bone graft before implant placement.
Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?
Before you undergo surgery, we administer a local anesthetic. This is done to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. Sedation may also be required. There are different types of sedation, and we can help to determine which one will help you to feel the most relaxed and comfortable during surgery.
Following implant surgery, some pain is to be expected. In most cases, this pain is manageable with an over the counter pain reliever. A prescription may be provided for more significant pain. Pain after surgery will subside as you heal.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are meant to be a long-term solution to tooth loss, and can even be permanent. The posts that are implanted into your jaw mimic the functions of your natural tooth roots, including providing stimulation for your jawbone. Restoring the stimulation to your jawbone helps to stop bone loss in your jaw and prevent new bone loss from occurring. This keeps the jawbone strong and healthy. No other treatment can provide this incredible benefit.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The total cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. Factors that affect cost include how many teeth are being replaced, the number of posts being implanted, and if you need a bone graft. The total cost you pay out of pocket will also depend on insurance coverage. More and more dental insurance providers are offering at least some coverage for Dental Implants. Review your policy or contact your provider to find out how much coverage you are eligible for.
Dental implants provide you with an incredible, long-term solution for tooth loss. If you have any other questions or concerns or want to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Harmony Dental at (541) 246-3250 today.