What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the closest possible alternative to actual tooth replacement. With proper care, maintenance, and regular checkup visits with your dentist, dental implants are designed to last for life.
A standard implant can be used to replace a single tooth, or two implants can be placed to create a bridge without impacting surrounding teeth. Many people with implants can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their implants, and neither can their friends and family!
Implant in a Day
Implant in a Day is similar to a standard implant, but includes the placement of a temporary crown over the implant on the same day the implant is placed. Crowns can take some time to create at a dental lab, so this procedure allows for immediate tooth replacement, and the patient can return when the permanent crown is ready.
It is important to note that a consultation is required to determine if a patient is a good candidate for any kind of dental implant. Bone structure within the jaw is one of the most important factors your dentist will examine. Additional services such as bone grafting may be available to help build up and strengthen the bone surrounding the implant. Bone loss can increase over time, and will increase at a higher rate in areas of the jaw that are missing teeth.
What are the steps involved in getting a dental implant?
Modern techniques in dental implant technology have made implants a standard procedure in dental offices, often completed without the need to visit a specialist. 1st Family Dental is proud to offer dental implants as a treatment option for our patients.
Dental implants are usually completed in three steps:
- Implant Placement: The dentist places the implant surgically in the upper or lower jaw. A “healing cap” is placed over the implant to protect it. Sometimes, bone grafting may be required before or during implant placement.
- Healing and Osseointegration: Implants are strong because the bone in the jaw actually grows around the implant, anchoring it into place and accepting it as a part of the bone. This is called osseointegration and is a critical step in the implant process. The healing process typically takes about 3 months.
- Tooth Replacement: The dentist will have a custom crown, bridge or denture made to fit your mouth and implants.
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants can vary, depending onthe type of crown, bridge or other prosthetic unit that will cover the implant, or if additional procedures such as bone grafting are required.
If you have dental insurance, your coverage may include dental implants. Our staff is happy to review your coverage with you to ensure you are maximizing your insurance benefits while minimizing any out of pocket expenses.
Post-procedure care for Dental Implants
Dental implants can be placed in one day, and have become a very routine procedure. Once you receive your dental implant(s), the healing process is the most important step in order to ensure the implant integrates well with the bone.
To see more about post-procedure care and healing information, click here.
Alternative Treatment Options for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best possible option for replacing missing teeth. However, not everyone may be able to have dental implants. Alternative treatment options may include dental bridges and dentures.
Where can I get a dental implant?
All 1st Family Dental locations offer implant services. For more information, contact your local 1st Family Dental clinic to make a free consultation appointment.