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Are you interested in dental implants that will allow to you to speak clearly and eat more easily than you can now? If you are missing a tooth or teeth and this sounds exciting to you, ask our dentist about affordable dental implants to restore your smile and your self-confidence.
What Are Teeth Implants?
The implant is a metal screw that a dentist surgically implants in your jawbone, when fused with the bone it becomes a firm anchor for a crown or a bridge. This is an endosteal implant, but if a person does not have enough healthy jawbone and a bone graft isn’t an option, our dentist may place a subperiosteal implant, which goes above the jawbone.
How Much Does the Dental Implants Procedure Cost Without Dental Implants Insurance?
The cost varies widely among our patients, and it is contingent on whether you have an endosteal or a subperiosteal implant, if you need a bone graft and on the crown and post material selected. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment with an experienced implant dentist who will access your needs and provide you with an estimate of your dental implants cost.
Is There Any Dental Implants Insurance?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans do not cover the dental implants cost, but our affordable dental implants and financing options make the dental implants cost manageable. Implants are an investment in your smile. They last longer than other restorations, making them the more economical long-term solution to missing teeth.
What is the Dental Implants Procedure?
After numbing the location, our dentist with surgically insert the implant into your jawbone and you’ll go home and heal several months in order for the implant to become a part of your jawbone. During this time, impeccable oral hygiene is vital. When the healing process is complete, your custom crown or bridge will be ready for our dentist to place. Many people are surprised that the pain associated with the dental implants procedure is mild and alleviated with OTC pain relievers.
The implant procedure may take up to six months, depending on how fast you heal. If you need a bone graft, this will extend the treatment time.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
You will enjoy:
- A natural looking smile
- An improved ability to eat
- Your speech will be clearer and more easily understood by others that it was with a missing tooth
- No maintenance beyond normal oral hygiene and regular dental exams
Types of Implants
- Single Implant
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- Mini Implants
An implant-supported dental bridge is a better choice to restore front teeth, since a traditional fixed bridge requires our dentist to alter up to four healthy teeth to give the bridge enough strength. With an implant-supported dental bridge, no healthy teeth need to be reshaped to hold a crown. Minis are typically used to stabilize dentures and keep them from slipping, eliminating the need for denture adhesives.
How Do I Care for My Implants?
After surgery, you may experience minor pain, and an over-the-counter pain reliever is usually enough to ease the discomfort. During the healing phase, good oral hygiene is essential. After our dentist places the crown, you’ll care for your implant just as you care for your other teeth. An implant is susceptible to plaque buildup, just like a natural tooth, so you’ll need to schedule regular dental exams to ensure that your implants last as long as possible.
Who is a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
Adolescents, whose jawbone is still growing, are not good candidates for implants, but there is no upper age limit for healthy adults. Implant candidates should be in good health. your dentist will ask for a complete medical history to confirm your physical wellbeing. Heavy smokers and people with a history of gum disease are usually not ideal candidates, although you can ask our dentist to reconsider an implant if you quit smoking. If you would like to make an appointment, one of our dentists that routinely perform dental implants in Chesapeake can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?
Conscientious oral hygiene habits and regular dental exams will extend the life of your implant by lowering your risk for gum disease, the leading cause of implant failure, as well as tooth loss. Implants should last for at least a decade but most likely longer. A dental implant can last a lifetime if it isn’t exposed to excessive biting force.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants in Chesapeake, or you would like to see if you are a good implant candidate, call our office to schedule your appointment.