Dental implants are today’s solution for missing, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. Dentures are still available, but the security and stability of dental implants are far and away more reliable and rewarding.
With the peace of mind dental implants provide, function and form are in balance, and the patient’s life is vastly improved. Long-lasting and specially-made, implants (which come in many varieties, as detailed below) improve eating and speaking, and the patient’s self-confidence soars.
What sort of implant options are available? Which one is right for me?
At Lifetime Dental Health, we offer a number of dental implant options that turn a not-so-great smile into something star-worthy. Depending upon your needs and the state of your jawbone structure, we will select an option that will restore your smile and make you more comfortable and confident.
Most commonly, traditional implants are the way to go. These are attached to the jawbone for prime stability and strength. If your jawbone is in healthy condition, this option is likely the one we’ll select. Of course, every patient is unique, so when you come in for your consultation, we’ll go over the options and move forward with the dental implants that suit your needs specifically. Traditional implants can be used to replace just one tooth or a number of teeth.
The restorative teeth look natural and fit your mouth well, as they are specifically designed to suit your smile.
When multiple teeth need to be restored, a Zirconia Bridge is an option that’s non-removable, as 10-12 implants are embedded into the jaw to hold it in place. The bridge is cemented onto the implants.
For patients seeking a semi-removable solution, ‘Fix on Six’ Zirconia Bridges are appealing. When you come into the office for your semi-annual cleaning, the dentist can remove the bridge.
Another removable option is acrylic dentures. With 4-6 implants, this option is economical, yet far more stable than traditional dentures.
If your jawbone won’t hold dental implants due to thin bone structure or another dental issue, mini implants are amazing. Metal frameworks are anchored in place for the dental restorations. The results are natural-looking without the full dental implant procedure.
We will go over these options in detail when you’re in for your consultation. There’s a lot to understand, and our expertise will enlighten you.
Will the process be long? What about painful?
The process for getting implants does take time. But pain should not be an issue, as we’ll use local anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
The reason the procedure is long is because once the artificial root is placed into the jawbone with screws and posts, the area must heal before the restorative teeth are fitted on top. This healing may take up to six months, but the results are worth the wait. In the meantime, we can fit you with temporary “teeth.”
However, if mini implants are your preference, the process takes only about an hour. This less-invasive and super-quick solution is sufficient for many people who aren’t able or willing to take the traditional dental implant route.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Just like natural teeth, caring for your oral hygiene is a must-do. Brush and floss regularly, and be sure to keep up with your dental examinations and cleanings. Depending upon the type of implants you wind up choosing, we’ll discuss your unique care routine when you’re here in the office.
With good hygiene and upkeep, your implants will last a long time…maybe forever! That said, sometimes repairs need to be made, so follow up with checkups so we can be sure your implants are in good condition. If anything seems off, make an appointment ASAP.
Can I afford dental implants? Do you offer financing or take my insurance plan?
The different dental implant options vary in price range. When you come into our office, we will discuss the options and costs with you candidly. We accept several dental insurance plans, and our office staff can help you better understand if you’re covered.
If you don’t have dental insurance, we accept an array of payment options, including CareCredit. We want you to be able to have the smile of your dreams, so speak with us so we can help you achieve your goals without breaking the bank.
Now it’s time for you to make an appointment for a consultation at Lifetime Dental Health so we can begin your dental implant journey. A stellar smile awaits!