There is no denying that having dental implants placed can be a nervous experience. This is because it is unlikely to be something you’ve ever had done before. Plus, you may be feeling a little bit apprehensive about what to expect. However, there really is no need to worry. Here at Dynamic Smile Design, we are committed to ensuring that all of our patients feel comfortable and have all of the information they need in order to make the right decision for them. With that in mind, read on to discover answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
A dental implant is a prosthesis that is used to replace any missing teeth. Essentially, a small titanium fixture or post will be inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a full denture, partial denture, fixed bridge, or single crown can be attached. The implant will then integrate to your bone. Once this has happened, an abutment will be connected to the implant, enabling the artificial teeth or tooth to be attached. This means that there are actually three parts to receiving dental implants. Of course, you have the dental implant itself, yet you also have the artificial tooth and the abutment.
Implant treatments vary in terms of the time they take. It all depends on the patient’s individual circumstances. In some cases, an immediate replacement can be provided. In other cases, it can take as long as six months. This is common when bone grafting and jaw surgery is required. The typical treatment time is between three and six months. Most of this time is purely taken up by waiting for the bone and the implant to fuse completely.
During the period of initial healing, partials or dentures can be worn over the implants while they mature. These temporary teeth will be made before the existing teeth are removed in instances whereby tooth removal and implant replacement are needed.
The successfulness of this procedure does differ from person-to-person. Nevertheless, reported success rates tend to be around 90 to 95 percent. So, as you can see, it is a highly successful dental procedure.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to give you an accurate figure regarding how much you are going to need to pay for your treatment. This is because everyone is different and so the procedure can differ from person to person. For example, there are some people that need to have a treatment to strengthen their jaw bone structure before they are able to have implants, and so these are all factors that need to be considered when determining the price. This is why it is important to have a consultation with Dr. Elena C. Puig. She will be able to assess your jaw bone structure, as well as the area where your teeth are missing, so her team can put together an accurate treatment plan and give you a realistic picture regarding how much it is going to cost.
As humans, we are blessed with two sets of teeth. Of course, we have baby teeth, and then as we go through childhood, these are replaced with our permanent, adult teeth. However, thanks to dental implants, we now have a third set of teeth. This means that there is a solution should we lose any of our teeth for any reason. This could be because of an accident whereby your teeth have been knocked out or it could have been because of gum disease or dental decay, for example. No matter what has happened, though, you don’t have to worry about it having a negative impact on your appearance. Instead, you can have dental implants so that no one has to ever know that any of your teeth were missing.
A quick overview of the benefits of this procedure are as follows:
The best way to determine whether or not this treatment is going to be right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Puig. If you are missing teeth, whether this is multiple teeth or a single tooth, you could be a good candidate for dental implants. However, the procedure can differ slightly based on your individual needs, which is why a consultation always comes highly recommended. A lot of people do worry that they are not going to be able to have dental implants because they are ‘too old.’ However, age is not a factor when it comes to determining whether or not you are a suitable candidate.
Yes. In a lot of cases, implants are actually deemed to be stronger than natural teeth. Plus, you can be sure of full functionality too. After you have had the treatment, you will be able to enjoy all of the food that you ate beforehand yet at the same time you are going to have aesthetically-pleasing, healthy prosthetic replacement teeth.
If you are interested in dental implants, contact Dynamic Smile Design to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You will be under no pressure to move forward with treatment. However, it will be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. Plus, we will be able to examine your jaw bone structure so we can make recommendations on the best treatment for you.