With a success rate of 98%+ dental implants are the best replacement today for missing teeth.
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, if you are missing one or more teeth dental implants are worth it. Patients who suffer from tooth loss experience a number of challenges ranging from difficulty chewing and speaking to tooth shifts, bite imbalances, and jaw bone deterioration. Luckily, dental implants are almost always the best option for replacing missing teeth and solving these problems because they offer the closest replacement to your natural tooth.
What happens if I don’t replace a missing tooth?
The second you lose a tooth, the bone and gums in the empty space begin to deteriorate. Right after a tooth is lost, chemical signals are released, which tell the bone and gums to start shrinking. The most drastic loss of bone occurs in the first year after a tooth is lost and then continues further every year for the rest of your life. The good news is that placing a dental implant into the space stops or significantly slows the bone loss. For this reason we recommend placing a dental implant in the space on the same day that the tooth is taken out whenever possible. Beyond keeping the bone healthy, dental implants help our patients avoid the many other long-term problems resulting from tooth loss including trouble eating, altered speech, and crowded or misaligned teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth replacement that humans have ever invented. Just like a natural tooth there are two parts, the “dental implant” and the “crown”.
What we truly call the “dental implant” is the part that goes below the gums to give strength and support just like the root of the natural tooth. The second part is what we call the “crown” and it is the actual tooth that goes on top. The implant is below the gums and will never be visible while the crown is the part you can see and use to chew. The crown is made of beautiful, natural-looking porcelain and is screwed down or cemented permanently onto the implant. It should never move and never comes out.
Are dental implants painful? Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants should not be painful. Like everything we do at Endres Dental Care, our first priority is the comfort of our patients. If you are worried, you can read all about our painless anesthesia technique and even sedation options. For the dental implant procedure, we make sure the area is completely numb using local anesthesia and you shouldn’t feel a single thing. Almost all of our patients comment that the dental implant procedure is much easier than when they had the tooth extracted. Even the day or two after the procedure, most patients only need to take some ibuprofen or tylenol for mild soreness and many patients don’t need any pain medication at all.
Dental implants are also a very safe treatment. With our new technology including 3D CBCT radiographs and intraoral scanners we are able to do extensive planning for dental implant procedures in order to avoid complications. The success rate of dental implants today is above 98% due to a combination of rapidly advancing technology and the extensive hours of ongoing education in dental implantology that both Dr. Endres and Dr. Nicholas seek out each year.
What is the dental implant procedure?
The dental implant procedure starts with a consult where we will take the time to create a custom plan for how to solve your specific tooth problems. For example, the steps and number of appointments are different if we need to take a tooth out first or if there are multiple teeth to be replaced. Either way, we will listen to your goals and make a plan to match them.
On the day you start your dental implants, we begin with making sure you are comfortable. If you request sedation, this step is first. The next step is painless local anesthesia to make sure you don’t feel a thing. Once the area is totally numb, we place a dental implant into the space of the missing tooth or teeth along with a small metal healing cap on top and a couple small stitches to ensure perfect healing. Afterward, we just recommend a combination of ibuprofen and tylenol for two days because most patients either experience no pain or just mild soreness.
After the dental implant is placed you will allow it to heal for 3-4 month so the bone around it is strong enough to support chewing. Once the healing is over, we see you for a short appointment where we take an impression or scan so that our lab can make a beautiful porcelain crown. The last appointment is when we screw or cement on the porcelain crown and you go home with your new tooth.
What does a dental implant cost?
Dental implants costs can range dramatically depending on the number of teeth to replace and the patient’s health. We get annoyed too when searching for the cost of a medical procedure online, whether it’s a knee replacement or a hair transplant, and the doctor’s website only says “it depends”. Unfortunately, it’s true that we can’t know your specific cost until we see you in person and know your specific situation. To help you understand, the high range in cost of dental implants can be over $60,000 to replace a full mouth of teeth with the most expensive materials available. The low end cost of a dental implant can be around $5,000 if the patient’s mouth is in perfect health and only needs one tooth replaced. Our first goal is to provide the longest-lasting solution for your specific goals so we would love to meet you and listen to how we can help. We can promise that when it comes to cost, we will never begin a treatment and then surprise you with fees later. We are always transparent and discuss costs before starting so you don’t have to worry.
What is an All-on-4? What is an implant bridge? What is an implant denture?
All-on-4, implant dentures, and implant bridges are all different methods of replacing more than one tooth at a time with dental implants. All-on-4 and implant dentures are solutions for patients who need to replace all of their teeth on the top or bottom. For All-on-4 and implant dentures, 4 or more dental implants are placed and then a single piece prosthetic is made to replace all of the missing teeth. The main difference is that with All-on-4 the teeth are screwed down and you cannot take them out, while with implant dentures they snap down onto the dental implants and you can take them out at night to clean them. Implant bridges are made when you are not missing all of your teeth but need to replace 2-6 missing teeth in a row. Two implants are placed in the space and a dental bridge made of porcelain is screwed or cemented down permanently onto the dental implants.
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