Lots of people think they aren’t qualified to receive dental implants – for financial, medical, or a myriad of other reasons. Some think they simply can’t afford a dental implant. Others believe an existing health condition may disqualify them. Maybe they think their gap is too big or their mouth is too small.
If you’re one of our patients who believes dental implants are an impossible dream, then dream on…because the qualifications for receiving dental implants aren’t as strict as you may think.
What are dental implants?
Simply put, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is drilled into the jawbone with a dental crown placed over it. This gives the appearance of a natural tooth with amazing durability and functionality.
Benefits that come with receiving dental implant include:
- Restores lost function: Daily activities that may have proven difficult with a tooth gap, such as chewing and even speech, become easier, pain-free, and more comfortable.
- Prevent bone loss: Your teeth help your jaw maintain its bone density, so when a tooth is lost, your jawbone weakens as bone recedes. When you receive a dental implant to fill the tooth gap, strength in the jawbone is restored and further weakening is prevented
- Last a lifetime: Okay, maybe not a full 80-plus years, but they can last 25 years or more if they are well taken care of.
- Beautiful smile: Of course, one of the biggest benefits of all is getting the smile of your dreams! Not only will your smile look like that of a celebrity’s, but your dental implant will also feel and function like a natural tooth. It’ll be as if you never lost a tooth in the first place!
Dental implant procedures are also an almost guaranteed success. With a 97 percent success rate nationally, you can be comfortable and confident that your dental implants will come out looking, feeling, and performing like your natural teeth would.
What is the dental implant procedure?
The first step in getting a dental implant is a thorough exam and in-depth consultation with your Summit Dental Center dentist. During this initial meeting, your dentist will administer an x-ray to check the arrangement and health of your teeth. He will then go over your options with you in detail, explain your out-of-pocket cost, and discuss sedation options.
Once you decide to go ahead with a dental implant, it’s time for minor surgery!
If you have already experienced bone loss in your jaw, the first thing the dentist will do is create a bone graft to accommodate the dental implant; a bone graft is when bone is harvested from a donor site and placed underneath the gums on the jaw, making it sturdier.
Once the bone graft and/or extraction are complete, or if you didn’t need any of those in the first place, the dentist is ready to place the implant into your jaw bone through a small incision in your gums.
Following the surgery, a temporary crown will be placed on the implant immediately (same-day implants) or the surgical site will be protected and given some time to heal.
As your gums heal, your dental implant will also fuse tightly with the jaw bone and become securely embedded. A few weeks following surgery you’ll return to the dentist office to get to work on making a permanent crown for your tooth.
Once the lab is finished customizing your dental crown, you’ll go home with a finished dental implant that will bring you decades of happy chewing, speaking, and smiling!
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The good news – just about anyone is a candidate for dental implants. While the procedure may be a bit more complicated for some than for others, there aren’t many restrictions on who can receive dental implants.
That said, here is the ideal-case scenario:
- Good general health, of course, makes for an ideal dental implant patient. While dentists today can overcome just about any underlying health condition, illnesses like poorly controlled diabetes, bone cancer, diseases of the blood, or thyroid problems can complicate healing or increase the chances of implant failure.
- Good oral health and habits: When you have a car, you don’t go your entire life without taking care of it, right? That car was expensive! You wash it and take care of it to keep it pretty and functional. The same goes for dental implants. To keep them pretty and functional, you have to be committed to good oral hygiene and practice healthy oral habits as you would with your natural teeth.
Having a healthy mouth overall is important, too. Going into surgery with diseased gums and teeth will prevent proper healing after the procedure, which in turn can affect the success rate of your new dental implants. Before getting dental implants, make sure you address existing decay and other dental problems prior to receiving dental implants.
- A strong jawbone: You can’t have a strong house without a strong foundation, and you can’t have a strong implant without a strong jawbone. Your jawbone is your foundation, and without a strong jawbone your dental implant will not hold up the way it is supposed to. Of course, a bone graft (see above) can rectify the problem of bone loss in the jaw.
Why choose Summit Dental Center for your dental implant?
A Summit Dental Center we want to give you the smile of your dreams, regardless of insurance or financial status. We take all dental PPO insurance plans, as well as CHIP and Medicaid.
Payment plans for dental implants
In an effort to make healthy, beautiful smiles affordable for everyone, we offer dental financing options that allow you to pay for your new dental implants over time in affordable monthly installments. Best of all, no credit check is required!
Contact Summit Dental Center to get the smile you’ve been waiting for! Call us at 713-425-0450 today!