Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’re missing teeth and don’t like the loose fit of dentures, dental implants may be a great option for you. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that fuses to your jawbone, preventing bone disintegration and protecting you from more tooth loss.
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, so it’s almost like you never lost a tooth. You’ll be able to smile and eat without restriction.
The Dental Implant Process
The first step to getting a dental implant is to schedule your consultation. At your consultation, we’ll examine your teeth and jaw visually as well as with X-rays. If your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant, you’ll be able to move on to the next step.
If you don’t have enough bone density in your jaw, you might undergo a bone graft. In this procedure, a small piece of bone from another part of your body is grafted onto the area. Over the next couple of months, bone material will grow in that area of your jaw and provide maximum support for your implant.
Placing the fixture is the most important part of the implant. Fixtures act as the root of your new tooth and are usually made of titanium due to its strong bond with bone tissue. The fixture is surgically placed in your jaw and has to be left for a few months to fuse and heal.
Once the fixture has healed, your abutment and crown can be placed. These are the final parts of your implant. The abutment attaches the fixture to the crown. The crown is the only part of the implant anyone will see and will match your natural tooth color.
Who is a Candidate?
If you’re missing teeth, a dental implant can make your smile whole again. When you lose teeth, your jawbone can start to weaken as your bone density thins. Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement option to a natural tooth that keeps your jaw strong.
To receive an implant, you must have healthy gum and jawbone tissue. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough for an implant, supplemental procedures such as bone grafting can help.
If you can’t or don’t want to undergo bone grafting, our office also offers mini dental implants. Mini implants only take one appointment to place and are smaller than full-sized implants.
For more than one missing tooth, you may be a candidate for implant-supported dentures. These are dentures that snap onto fixtures, making them a more stable denture option than using adhesive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants last for a long time — decades, or even for a lifetime with proper care. They’re made from high-quality, durable materials that integrate naturally with your jawbone. Implants are sturdy and won’t come out.
To ensure your implants last as long as possible, a good oral hygiene routine is essential. Dental implants don’t require any special care beyond daily toothbrushing and flossing, so they’re easy to keep up with.
Visiting our Parkside dentists for regular cleanings and checkups is also recommended. We can clean off your teeth and implants to keep them sparkling and safe.
The cost of dental implants varies depending on your unique situation. Some of the main factors that influence your cost of treatment include the type of implants you need, how many you need, and your insurance coverage.
Less expensive implant procedures may be tempting, but they often exclude important parts of the procedure that can endanger your health as well as the success of your implant. Our implant dentists are all highly experienced and care about your safety.
If you’re concerned about the costs of dental implants, Parkside Dental Team can help. We accept many payment options and offer convenient financing options that can break your bill down into affordable monthly amounts.
Dental implants are easy to take care of. They only require the same amount of hygiene as a natural tooth — just brush and floss them every day. Make sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and gentle floss so you don’t scratch your implant.
While everyday hygiene is simple, it’s essential that you be careful while you heal from your surgery. Avoid using a straw, be gentle when spitting, and eat soft foods until you’ve healed. After your surgery, your dentist will give you detailed care instructions.
Yes, dental implants are safe. Dental implant surgery is a highly successful procedure with few complications.
Implants are made from biocompatible materials that integrate naturally into your jawbone. They promote your natural health by keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents jawbone deterioration.
They also protect vulnerable areas of your mouth from harmful bacteria, protecting the natural teeth you have. You’re less likely to lose more teeth if you have a dental implant.
Most dental insurances cover at least part of the cost of dental implants. If you’d like to find out the details of your dental insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your provider. They can help you find out how much coverage you qualify for.
If you’re concerned about affording dental implants, our office can help. We accept many payment options and offer financing plans that can break your treatment cost down into monthly amounts that fit into your budget.
Complications with dental implants are rare but in the event that you have one, call our office at (734) 261-6060. We’ll be able to walk you through the steps to fix your dental implant and schedule an appointment so we can examine your dental implant.
The most common dental implant complications are infections, injury or nerve damage, and sinus problems. Most complications are minor and can be easily treated.