If you have missing teeth, you may have heard that dental implants are the most permanent tooth replacement solution out there. The procedure is simple and safe for most dental patients. Best of all, dental implants fully restore your biting and chewing functionality, and you’ll no longer have to hide your smile.
If you decide to undergo the procedure with us at Summit Dental Center, not only would you receive a brand-new smile, but you may even qualify for same-day implants!
Whether you need a single dental implant or a mouthful, Summit Dental Center makes the procedure as hassle-free as possible. Regardless of how many implants you need, the procedure is still the same. In most cases we can even place multiple implants on the same day.
So how does this work?
- Step 1: First, you’re going to get knocked out. No, we’re not going to whack you or anything! We’re just going to make you nice and sleepy so you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. In most cases, patients choose either general anesthesia (which practically renders you “unconscious”) or oral sedation (which puts you in a sort of “semi-sleep state”) for implant placement and associated procedures.
- Step 2: Next, we’re going to prepare the implant site. This could mean we have to extract a diseased or broken tooth first to make room for your implant, or perform a bone graft if needed. A bone graft is done if you’ve experienced bone loss in your jaw over time and is necessary to make sure your new implant will fit securely. Tooth loss can lead to bone loss, especially if the missing tooth (or teeth) isn’t replaced for some time. Since bone forms the anchor point for your implant, plenty of bone mass is critical for implant success. And if it isn’t there…well, we’ll just have to create an adequate amount of bone to receive your implant.
- Step 3: Once the implant site is ready, we’ll securely attach the implant in your jaw bone. In most cases, the actual implant looks like a screw and is made of titanium or a similarly strong metal.
- Step 4: “What’s next, Doc?” That depends.
- If you’re a candidate for same-day implants, we’ll place the abutment on top of the anchored implant and add the finishing touch: a temporary crown. You’ll walk out with a brand-new tooth in the same visit. A few weeks later you’ll return to our office to replace the temporary crown with a permanent one.
- If your dentist decides your implant needs time to heal before it can bear the heavy load of biting and chewing, we may or may not add the abutment at this time and then cover your implant with a protective film. If you received a bone graft, it may take about three months or so for the implant to completely integrate with your new bone mass. Once you’re all healed up and ready to go, you’ll return to our office to receive the abutment (if it hasn’t been installed already) and your permanent crown. Don’t worry…the fitting of the crown can be accomplished without discomfort and no sedation is needed. Off you go into the sunset with a brand-new tooth (or teeth) that works as well, if not better, than your own!
So, what about recovery?
It’ll take about six months before you can chomp on those nuts and carrots with 100% confidence. This may sound like a long time, but the aftereffects of the dental implant procedure are actually pretty mild.
- Minor bleeding may occur after brushing your teeth, but it shouldn’t be painful. Have you ever brushed your teeth too hard and it made your gums bleed a little? It shouldn’t be any worse than that.
- Mild swelling of the face and gums may also occur, especially if your dentist performed a tooth extraction prior to placing the implant.
- Also, follow-up procedures will be scheduled to monitor the implants and make sure they’re functioning properly. Be sure to keep your dentist appointments to ensure your implant is as secure and healthy as it should be!
Making dental implants last
Having brand-new teeth doesn’t give you an excuse to stop taking care of them. If you really want to make that “new tooth” feeling last, you’ll need to keep up your daily oral care routine. That means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, rinsing, and of course, having regular dentist check-ups.
Dental implants need as much care as your previous teeth did. So do your gums, to make sure your implant stays securely in place.
Alright, so how big is the dent in my wallet going to be?
Who said there’s going to be a huge dent in your wallet? At Summit Dental Center we offer free x-rays and consultations for new patients, plus we offer a variety of payment options. We accept cash, major credit cards, government assistance programs, financing, payment plans, and dental insurance.
Some dental insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost of dental implants, and we will work with insurers to determine benefits and inform you out-of-pocket costs prior to any procedure. As for patient financing, we have lenders that offer no-credit-check financing with affordable monthly payments. We even provide in-house payment plans!
So, is it worth it?
Ask anyone who has received a dental implant and you’ll quickly learn that the answer is, absolutely! Dental implants are made of super-strong metal and anchor into your jaw like a real tooth.
Not only do dental implants look, feel, and function like real teeth, but they’re made to last a lifetime! That’s something not even real teeth can compete with. As you may already know, your natural teeth chip, move, and can even fall out entirely. Try to chip titanium!
Dental implants reduce stress on your remaining teeth, keep teeth from shifting and drifting, and even help prevent bone loss. But you know what the best part of receiving dental implants is? What’s more important than all these healthful benefits? The fact that you won’t have to do that closed-mouth smile anymore and finally have the confidence to grin widely.
Have any more questions about dental implants? Ready for a new set of teeth? Well, you don’t need to wait for a new smile any longer. Stop by for a visit at Summit Dental Center or call us today at 713-425-0450 to schedule a consultation!