The short answer is yes. Dental implants are a good idea, if you’re self-conscious about your missing teeth or if you don’t like wearing dentures. However, not all patients with missing teeth can take advantage of this alternative option to dentures. It’ll still depend on your condition. You should talk to your dentist to know if they’re indeed a good option for you.
Generally, dental implants are effective in replacing your missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they’re a long-term option and designed to blend in with your natural teeth. In the past 40 years, dental implants are said to be one of the biggest inventions in dentistry.
Dental implants are posts made of titanium and other materials. They’re surgically implanted into your upper or lower jaw. They serve as an anchor for your replacement teeth. In other words, a prosthetic tooth will still need to be attached.
They can replace missing teeth. When you choose for a bridge, however, your dentist will need to fill two adjoining teeth, making the bridge weaker and susceptible to decay.
Dentures, on the other hand, have the common problem of fitting. They can also interfere with how you chew your food or speak. Dentures may also interfere with your taste.
Dental implants have little to no physical downsides. They also have a very good longevity.
Compared with bridges and dentures, dental implants are way more expensive. What’s worse is that they’re rarely covered by your insurance. For a single tooth, you’ll expect to pay up to $4,500.
At SouthWest Oral Surgery clinic, we make sure that our patients can take advantage of dental implants. We will help them choose what payment option they want that’s most convenient to them. Our dentists here are dental implant specialists.
The implants that we use in our clinic have high success rates. We don’t use cheaper generic implants as we don’t think they last that long.
It depends on your condition. We can tell you if implants are suitable for a certain area after we take x-rays. There’s no way of telling you how much bone you still have in that area without the help of an x-ray as part of an initial assessment. Through x-rays, we can tell whether you still have enough bones to place the dental implants or you need bone grafting first.
If they’re carried out by a specialist with years of experience in dental implants, this procedure is a very straightforward one. The surgical part will only take up to 15 minutes, depending on your condition.
A local anesthetic is applied, which may sting a little. However, when it begins to numb, you won’t feel anything painful throughout the treatment. Your oral surgeon will check if the area is completely numb before the surgery starts.
If in case you need a large bone graft, you’ll be sedated. It won’t be a general anesthetic, but it’ll be enough to make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process.
Some skilled dental implant surgeons can immediately place implants into the socket where the tooth was extracted. However, it will depend on several factors. Your surgeon will still have to look into signs of infection. If there are, the implant has to wait.
If you’re worried that it’ll leave a gap between your teeth, there are several solutions that can be performed to avoid embarrassment through the implant process.
Some of you may ask if the dental implants will activate airport security devices. It’s one of the many concerns of our patients. But they won’t, fortunately. They can’t set off the detectors, just like your metal filling.
It still depends on your condition. If your case is simple, it can take up to 10 weeks from implant placement to fitting of the crown. But if your case is complicated, it can take up to a year to complete.
If they are properly cared and maintained, they can last a lifetime. Chipping a crown on implants is possible. For that reason, we recommend annual reviews of your implant with x-rays. This is to make sure that the bone levels surrounding the implants are still sufficient.
Yes, it is. Smoking may affect natural teeth and implants. However, in terms of implants, the risk of complications is very slight.
Then again, we recommend our patients who are smokers to quit the nasty habit. It’s not only bad for their dental health, but it can also negatively affect their overall health.
When you choose to have your dental implants done with us, we make sure that you understood your options and their costs. In this way, you can have an informed decision. Before a dental implant is performed, we’ll conduct a thorough examination of your dental and general health. This will help us treat you properly and safely.
Each of our patient treatment plans is comprehensive and detailed. We let our patient discuss their needs and goals and we document them. In this way, we’ll be able to know the best possible outcome for them. Our oral surgeons, who will perform the dental implants, are highly trained and competent surgeons.
If you’re ready to take the assessment, make an initial consultation with us at Southwest Oral Surgery.