A dental implant is a titanium screw that serves as the foundation to replace a tooth or teeth.
There are 3 parts to a dental implant:
After being thoroughly numbed, the implant body (the titanium screw) is surgically placed in your jaw. The implant body is made of surgical-grade titanium (the same material used in hip and knee replacements), which means your bone will fuse with it over a 4-6 month period (a process known as osseointegration). Once the dental implant is properly integrated, we will take impressions to have your abutment and crown fabricated. The crown is the part of the implant tooth that you actually see in the mouth and the abutment is the support piece that connects the crown to the implant body.
The process typically takes 5-6 months from start to finish.
For some patients, the process could take longer than described here.
Dental implants are an important investment in yourself, and having the option to break this investment down into monthly payments can help make these life-changing services more accessible and easier to fit into your budget.
We work with multiple financing providers to offer payment plans to cover either all or part of your dental implant procedure.
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There are many different kinds of dental implants – single tooth implants, All-On-4, denture implants, etc. For more information on costs, please visit our cost of dental implants page.
It depends. Since every case is unique, we’ll need to see you for a consultation to figure out the best course of treatment for you.
At this time, we do not place temporary crowns or bridges on implants that have just been placed. The reason for this is that we want as little force being placed on the implants as possible while we wait for them to integrate with your jawbone.
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Most people are candidates for dental implants, even those who have been told they weren’t in the past. Call us to schedule your consultation and let’s see what we can do to get you smiling again.
Care for them like natural teeth:
In the mouth, they look almost exactly like a natural tooth. The implant body (the screw) won’t be visible in the mouth. It is under the gums in your bone.
Yes! It will feel different from a natural tooth but will function the same.
Most patients are able to return to work either the same day or the next day. Certain cases could require more time off from work.
You may continue to bleed slightly for the first 24 hours after your implant placement. If you feel that you are bleeding more than you should be, please call the clinic.
An old home remedy that still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Just get a regular tea bag, get it damp, ring out the excess water, place it on your extraction site or sites, and the tannic acid in the tea leaves will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags as they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.
We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do offer oral conscious sedation. This medication will help to relax you and often makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your pharmacy of choice. NOTE: You MUST have a driver for this procedure, someone who can drive you after you have taken your oral sedation pill(s). You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.
While experiences will vary, there could be some discomfort and possibly swelling after your procedure. Many patients report very little discomfort after their procedure. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.
The process is very straightforward. Your implant is placed into your jawbone and is left alone to integrate for 4-6 months. After this, we take impressions and have your tooth fabricated. If bone grafting is needed, this can increase treatment time.
No, once your implant is completed, you will not be able to remove it.
We do not currently offer this type of implant. While titanium implants have been around for decades with a long track record of success, zirconia implants are very new to the market, so we do not know what their success will be like long-term. We want the most successful, most predictable, best long-term results for our patients, and for these reasons, we do not offer zirconia implants at this time.
While titanium dental implants do have a 95+% success rate, yes, they can still fail. Some of the things that can cause them to fail:
If an implant fails within the first year, your dentist will replace it at no charge to you.