What are dental implants and where are they recommended?

Dental implants are a technology that allows us to replace a missing tooth, whether it fell out, was broken, or if you weren't born with a tooth in that spot. They've been around for some time and have really skyrocketed in popularity in the last couple of decades. They're recommended in cases where we need to replace one, two, or even an entire mouthful of teeth.

What conditions might disqualify a person from getting dental implants?

Dental implants require healthy gums and jawbones to accept and support the implant. Therefore, medical conditions that get in the way of healing or make it hard for you to generate new bone or gum tissue might disqualify a person. Good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, and a healthy diet, are also necessary.

What are the benefits and risks of dental implants?

Dental implants need to be placed in a healthy mouth and maintained properly. The benefits of dental implants are that they can replace missing teeth and improve your smile and function. However, if the mouth is not healthy or the implants are not cared for properly, they may not last.

What are the different types of dental implants and dental implant procedures?

Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They can also support a bridge or a denture, which can replace an entire mouth or arch of teeth. The procedure for placing an implant involves inserting the implant into the jawbone, letting it heal, and then attaching a crown or a false tooth.

How will a dentist decide if dental implants are right for me?

This decision depends on several factors, including your oral hygiene, the health of your gums and bone structures, your diet, and how well you take care of your teeth now. All of these factors help us determine if dental implants are a good treatment for you.

What are the steps to getting dental implants?

Dental implants require time for the procedure and healing. The implant is placed into your bone and a crown or false tooth is attached after it has healed. Sometimes dentures can also be attached to the implant. The whole process can take up to four to six months.

What options are available for artificial teeth?

An implant can support one tooth or multiple teeth. For multiple teeth, several implants are required. Implants can support a crown, a bridge, or a denture. Dentures can be made of either porcelain or plastic or acrylic.

What's the difference between removable versus fixed?

Implants can support fixed or removable restorations. Fixed restorations are attached to the implants and don't come out of your mouth regularly. Removable restorations, like dentures, can be taken in and out of your mouth for cleaning.

What are the options for materials and color?

The main materials for implant-supported dentures are plastic acrylic and porcelain ceramic. Plastic acrylic is more cost-effective but less durable, while porcelain ceramic is more durable and looks better but costs more.

How long does the dental implant procedure last?

The procedure can vary. Placing a single implant can take between one and a quarter to two hours. If multiple implants are being placed, the procedure can take up to two to two and a half hours.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

We use local anesthesia to make the procedure comfortable for patients. There are also options for laughing gas, nitrous oxide, and oral conscious sedation to help you remain calm and comfortable during the procedure.

Will dental implants last for the rest of my life?

Dental implants can last 10 to 15 to 20 years on average, but this depends on your physical health and oral hygiene.

What are the costs and financing options involved with dental implants?

The cost of dental implants varies, usually between $1,500 and $2,500 per implant, depending on insurance and financing options. There can also be additional costs for the crown attached to the implant, a denture, or a bone graft if needed.

Do most insurance plans cover the cost of dental implants?

As dental implant procedures are growing in popularity, they are becoming more frequently covered by dental insurances. However, it depends on the individual insurance plan.

How can I schedule an appointment to talk to a dentist about dental implants?

You can call our office at 916-285-9678 or go onto our website at www.crowndentistry.net to get more information and schedule an appointment.

How lifelike do dental implants look?

Dental implants can be made to look extremely lifelike so that even your close friends and family won't notice that you have a dental implant. We use a combination of porcelain and ceramic restorations or crowns to achieve this.