Dental Implants For Optimal Teeth Replacement
After the loss of a permanent tooth or teeth, a number of issues can begin to develop that can negatively affect your quality of life, including your ability to speak or eat the foods you enjoy. A lost tooth or teeth can also begin to affect the physical appearance of your face, and change the feel of your bite. The overall health of the surrounding teeth also becomes compromised, resulting in greater risk of wear and tear, and eventual loss.
One of the most effective methods for addressing this issue are dental implants. Dental implants are strategically placed titanium posts that provide the same type of functional support as the natural root of the tooth. These implants are placed in the jawbone where the tooth has been lost, where it eventually fuses with the bone. Once this fusion is complete, an artificial tooth is connected to the post and the patient has their bright, healthy smile returned. There are a wide range of dental implants, all of which are uniquely suited for individual patient needs.
From regular periodontal maintenance to repairing, correcting, and preventing periodontal disease, including the placement of dental implants, we are proud to provide you with the highest quality dental care available in a comfortable environment. We are also committed to ensuring you know as much as possible about your oral health so you can make important, informed decisions regarding your oral health and treatment options. To learn more about dental implants, please refer to the following information.
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Dental Implants Procedure
Prior to having dental implants placed, an initial consultation will be necessary to determine if you are a viable candidate. This will include an examination of your jawbone to ensure it has the strength and structural integrity to support an implant. If it is determined that this is the optimal approach for you, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled. On the day of the procedure, we will answer any questions you have and make sure you are comfortable. Next, we will administer a local anesthetic (and dental sedation if necessary) to ensure that any pain or discomfort is minimized or eliminated.
Once you are sufficiently numbed, if necessary, any decayed teeth are removed and the area cleaned. Next, a titanium post is strategically placed into your jawbone in a manner that ensures optimal support to anchor your dentures. Once this post is in place, it will take approximately three to four months for the jawbone cells to attach to the titanium post (osseointegration). A temporary set of dentures will be provided during this healing process. At your return visit, we will examine the posts to ensure they can adequately support the permanent implant. If so, your permanent tooth is attached and examined for proper bite.
Once this is done, your procedure will be complete!
Dental Implants Aftercare
To reduce the risk of complications and enjoy a speedy recovery, it is essential to closely follow post-operative instructions. If you are prescribed antibiotics and/or pain relief medication, follow the recommended dose until the prescription runs out. It is also common to experience swelling and soreness as well as mild bleeding, all of which should go away over time. You will need to follow a soft food diet for some time following the procedure, slowly reintroducing foods as your healing progresses.
Once you have completed the healing process, the most effective way to ensure the longevity of your dental implants and prevent similar issues from developing in the future is to maintain good oral hygiene. In addition to brushing twice daily (minimum) and flossing on a regular basis, it is equally important to brush and floss properly. Every time you brush, do so for at least two minutes. Once you are done, clean your toothbrush. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become irregular or flay.
Along with following good self-care, it is also important to schedule regular checkups with your periodontist at least every six months. These regular appointments allow us to conduct a professional cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed using traditional methods, and provide us with an opportunity to survey your current oral health and identity and address issues before they develop.
If you follow these best practices, you will maximize the longevity of your dental implants and enjoy a bright, healthy smile for many years to come!
Dental Implants Cost
The cost of dental implants will be determined by a variety of factors, including what (if any) type of dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, the number of visits required to complete the procedure, what type of material is used, and how much (if any) of the cost is covered by your dental insurance plan. We are happy to help you file your claim and ensure that you maximize your insurance reimbursement, but any remaining balance will be your responsibility.
If you are not able to pay the full amount due at the time services are rendered, the following financial options may be available:
- Care Credit: 0% interest for (maximum) three months (Our office pays a fee to keep this interest loan free for three months, provided the bill is paid on time)
- 0% interest for pre-authorized debit/credit card for (maximum) four months (Agreement must be signed beforehand)
- Most credit card companies provide interest-free credit for one year to new cardholders.
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
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At Newark Periodontics & Dental Implant Specialists, our patients are our most important asset. We are committed to providing you with high-quality care and developing a trusting, long-lasting relationship to ensure you receive continuity of care tailored to your unique needs.
To schedule an appointment for dental implants, or to learn more about other services we offer, contact our staff at (740) 366-3559.
We look forward to providing you with the care and support you deserve!