Dental implants have become a mainstay in modern dental care. They give the dentist the ability to restore and enhance smiles in a very esthetic and functional way. They have also been proven to be over 98% successful along with a very good longevity with proper care. A well informed patient is the best type of patient. When going for a dental implant consult, you should be armed with some knowledge so you can understand the process as well as ask the key questions before undergoing treatment. A well qualified, experienced implant dentist will be happy to explain the entire process. Below are a list of questions to get you ready for your consultation.
-What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are an artificial tooth root made of titanium that a dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon inserts into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or teeth(bridge). Dental implants are the perfect option for people with good oral health maintenance who are missing one tooth or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, via trauma, or some other reason. Dental Implants use the most modern materials that dentistry has to offer.
Decades of research have gone into the dental implants in use today. Dental implants are much more tooth friendly than traditional bridgework. Dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support nor do the neighboring teeth need to be prepared to be part of the bridgework. With optimal conditions and in the hands of a skilled implant dentist, dental implants can look as natural as the teeth you were born with.
Yes. The technology used in dental implants has been under research for many decades. The material is found to be compatible with our oral tissues. The success rate is approaching 100 % when done by highly qualified, experienced dentist.
-I Have Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease). Can I Get Dental Implants?
A patient with active on going periodontal disease is not a candidate in that state of oral health. To become a candidate with a high probability of long term success a patient must undergo additional procedures to ready their smile for placement of dental implants. The only form of periodontal disease that is reversible is the earliest form, Gingivitis. Additional procedures will be needed to restore oral health. This can include scaling and root planing, use of arestin, and increased at home dental hygiene maintenance. A mouth free of active periodontal disease will give you the best chance of long term dental implants success.
-Who Are Good Candidates For Dental Implants?
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to be able to have and maintain good oral and general overall health. You also need to have adequate bone in your jaw to support the dental implant, be free of active periodontal disease and have healthy gum tissues.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- One or more missing teeth
- Adequate bone for securing the dental implant or are able to receive a dental bone graft
- Have healthy gum and bone tissues
- Are unwilling or unable to wear removable dentures
- Do not have a medical condition that would affect bone healing (example uncontrolled diabetes)
- Would like to improve your speech
- Willing to commit a few months to the dental implants process
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit
-Are All Dental Implants The Same?
No. It is important to ask the brand of the dental implant being used. There are a few leading companies that are on the cutting edge in the technology. These include Nobel Biocare and Straumann. These 2 companies are considered the best in the business. Beware of cheaper knock off brands which are not made to the same tolerances and will give poorer results. Ask before and be sure to get the highest quality for the best success!
-Will My New Dental Implants Last Forever?
Your dental implants will last as long as you are able to take care of them properly. This will include regular dental visits to see both the dentist and hygienist. It will also include an at home diligent regimen of dental hygiene at home including brushing, flossing, and use of a mouthwash. If for some reason, your periodontal disease returns due to lack of care on your part, the possibility of dental implant failure will increase as the disease state progresses.
It is important to remember, periodontal disease is progressive if left unchecked. Periodontal disease will cause the bone and gum tissue surrounding your dental implants to breakdown. This in turn will cause the dental implant to lose its integration with the bone which is necessary to function properly.
-Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?
While discomfort can vary from person to person. Most patients report getting their dental implant was much less uncomfortable than they anticipated it to be. During the surgical dental implant procedure, the dentist will give you an anesthetic, so you should feel minimal discomfort if any. Some patients prefer to not be awake during dental implant surgery and that is a possibility for you as well.
They’ll use gentle techniques, and since the environment they’re working in is clean, there’s little risk of infection. If you follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions and take the prescribed antibiotics, you should experience minimal discomfort. Your dentist will likely prescribe you pain medication as well, but many individuals do not need them.
-Can My Dental Implants Be Removed?
Yes. In the event of a dental implant failure they can be removed. If a dental implant fails to integrate into bone following surgery it will need to be removed and the cause of the failure needs to be determined. The most common reason for a dental implant failure is infection. If an infection occurs in area of dental implant, it will likely cause failure of your dental implant. Again it is important to consult a well trained implant dentist so they can determine if you are an ideal long term candidate for dental implants.
-Will My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Depends on the type of insurance plan you have. Every plan offers different coverage. It is important to choose your plan wisely as well as to call in advance to ensure proper coverage so there are no surprise bills.
This is a complicated question since every patient will require different needs. To gain an accurate answer, a thorough dental examination will allow your dentist to learn more about your specific needs. Only with a complete examination can your dentist give you a more accurate assessment of the possible costs of your dental implants procedure.
The cost of dental implant treatment will include the following various individual factors:
- The amount, quality and location of bone
- The number of dental implants you will need to support the teeth
- The number of teeth that need replacing
- The type of artificial teeth the dentist will use
- The types of dental implants used
All of these factors should be discussed with your dentist at your dental implant consultation visit.
-How Long Does The Dental Implant Process Take?
Once the dental implant is placed it generally takes between 4 and 6 months for complete healing to occur. This is the time it takes for the dental implant to intimately connect with surrounding bone. There will be some variability between patients of course. Once the dental implant is healed in its proper position, your dentist will be ready for the placement of a customized dental crown. The new dental crown can be attached one of two ways. Either placed onto dental implant using a special screw or placed with a dental cement.
-How Do I Care For My New Dental Implants?
You will treat your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This will include regular brushing and flossing at home along with routine visits to the dentist. The dental hygiene appointments may occur more frequently going forward to maintain proper health surrounding your new dental implants.
Dental Implants Conclusion
Dental implants are highly successful but come with possible challenges. It is best to stay informed and up to date so there are no surprises during or after treatment. If placed and cared for properly, dental implants should give you a lifetime of smiles to look forward to!!
If you are ready to replace lost or missing teeth with dental implants in Las Vegas, contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no cost dental implant consultation appointment. We cannot wait to help you with your smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams.