Do your missing teeth make it difficult for you to smile at people? Do they make you think twice when you order at a restaurant? Are they the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror? These are very common issues for people with missing teeth, and over time, they can drastically impact your self-confidence as well as your oral health. Thankfully, Dr. Steve Aspros, Dr. Ransey Boyd, and Dr. Kirstin Walther can offer the most complete and reliable solution available today: dental implants. They can restore your teeth unlike any other procedure and the end result is a long lasting smile you will always be able to count on. If you’re curious about what dental implants can do for you, simply contact our Tallahassee, FL dental office today.
What makes dental implants so special is that they actually replace your teeth below the gum line as well as above. The titanium posts support your jawbone from the inside just like natural tooth roots, and this support prevents bone deterioration that usually causes dentures to lose their fit after only a few years. Plus, since restorations are being held in place with titanium as opposed to just natural suction or denture adhesive, patients never have to worry about their dentures slipping or falling out, giving them more confidence.
In the case of dental bridges, the surrounding healthy teeth have to be reduced to accommodate the anchoring crowns on the appliance, but dental implants do not impact your remaining teeth, helping to preserve them for longer. In addition, although denture and bridges alone need to be replaced about every 5 to 10 years, dental implants can last for more than 30 years with the proper maintenance.
With the assistance of a highly-trained specialist, a small titanium post is surgically placed into the jaw. This will provide sturdy support for your new replacement teeth. After you have been given time to heal (usually 3-6 months), you will return to our dental office to have your implant-retained restoration connected to the post. The type of restoration depends on your needs, i.e., how many teeth you need to replace.
When replacing a single tooth, a porcelain crown will be attached to the post using a connector called an abutment. It looks and feels so natural that you may even forget which tooth is artificial.
Just like their traditional counterparts, implant-retained bridges, and partial dentures can be used to restore your lost teeth. In the case of a bridge, these crowns can be connected to two dental implants instead of natural teeth. A partial denture can be secured with a couple of dental implants. Both provide a completely natural-looking result that can last a lifetime with simple home oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Dental implants are so versatile, they can also be used to support a set of dentures. Multiple implant posts can be strategically placed to give you a set of dentures that looks better, lasts longer, and even provides a stronger bite force than traditional dentures. If you are missing a large amount of teeth and want to get your smile back, be sure to contact our dental office and ask about implant-retained dentures.
With so many variations and potential combinations, it’s nearly impossible to provide a general estimate for dental implants. However, when you have your consultation with us, we can create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Based on that plan, we can then give you an accurate estimate of the cost. Keep in mind that, although typically more expensive upfront, dental implants offer many more benefits and do not require frequent adjustments or replacements like dentures and bridges alone. In the long run, you may find that dental implants are the most cost-effective option for replacing your missing teeth. Schedule your consultation to find out!
Do you have any further questions about dental implants in Tallahassee? If you do, don’t worry; it’s completely natural. After all, getting dental implants is a major decision. We think you’ll find, though, that it’s an investment that’s definitely worth making. To help ease your mind and clear up a few details, we’ve included some frequently asked questions about dental implants down below.
Usually, your dental insurance plan will require you to choose the least expensive treatment option in order to qualify for the most coverage. In terms of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are not the cheapest option. However, as the benefits of dental implants are becoming more widely known, more insurance carriers are beginning to cover at least the partial cost of this treatment. Our team would be happy to take a look at your plan and determine how much coverage you have available.
Yes, dental implants can replace missing teeth no matter where they’re located in your mouth. The crown, bridge, or denture that is used to restore your implants is designed to replicate the set of pearly whites you were born with. After your restoration has been placed, onlookers shouldn’t be able to differentiate it from your natural teeth.
The length of the dental implant process differs from patient to patient. If you require preparatory work, like gum disease therapy or bone grafting, beforehand, that can add a few weeks or months to your treatment time. Then, once the implants have been placed, you’ll generally wait three to six months for them to fully integrate with your jawbone. All in all, the process can take anywhere from a few months to a year or more. During your consultation, we can lay out a more personalized treatment timeline for you.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who are missing teeth make great candidates for dental implants. Even if you’ve suffered from bone loss in your jaw after losing your teeth, you can still get dental implants if you’re willing to undergo a bone graft first. Other qualities of the ideal dental implant candidate include having a diligent oral hygiene routine, not smoking, and being free from chronic illnesses like diabetes. However, you might still be eligible even if you don’t meet these qualifications. Don’t be afraid to schedule a consultation with your implant dentist today to find out if dental implants are right for you.