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If you struggle with the way that missing teeth make you look, we offer treatment that will restore your smile. Affordable dental implants have already boosted the confidence of millions of people. Fortunately, it’s easy for you to get dental implant treatment, so schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about it.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces missing teeth with artificial posts that are placed into the jawbone or just under the gums. These posts provide a strong foundation on which the dentist can attach crowns that will blend in with your remaining teeth.
What Implant Types Are Available?
The most common implant that our dentist uses is called an endosteal. It comes in two varieties: a screw or cylinder post and a blade post. The cylinder post can be made of ceramic, polymeric or titanium materials, and it has a connector to attach the crown. The difference with the blade post is that it can have more than one connector to attach multiple crowns.
If you have missing teeth because of bone loss, which may be the result of aging, a calcium deficiency, thyroid problems or other health issues, a subperiosteal implant might be the best solution if there isn’t enough bone left to support the implant. Rather than being surgically implanted into your jawbone, it sits under the periosteum, which is a thin layer of tissue between the gums and bone. Because of that, you won’t have to undergo bone grafting and will recover faster.
Aside from endosteal and subperiosteal implant types, our dentists offer various treatments to accommodate your needs. If you only have one missing tooth, we can fit you for a single implant. This type of implant is also useful if you have multiple missing teeth that are far apart. For instance, you might have one missing tooth on the upper jaw and another on the lower jaw.
Another option is an implant-supported bridge. It’s similar to a traditional bridge but gets support from implants rather than your other teeth. Mini implants are the third option. They’re smaller than regular implants and have a titanium post with a ball connector. A socket and rubber O-ring are used to attach the post and crown. Ask for more details when you see our dentist for a consultation.
Who Is a Good Dental Implant Candidate?
Anyone who’s missing teeth and wants to restore their appearance, confidence and comfort could be a good candidate for getting dental implants in South Bend. Only a full assessment can determine which implant type will best meet your needs. Schedule a consultation today and our dentist will help you choose the right treatment.
What Are the Steps for a Dental Implants Procedure?
There are several dental implants procedure steps, and they may differ slightly depending on whether your implant will be inserted into or on top of your jawbone. Either way, it begins with our dental team preparing the surgical site and providing local anesthesia for your comfort. Then, the dentist will insert the implant. After you heal, a customized crown will be cemented into place.
How Much Will Getting Dental Implants Cost?
Your dental implants cost will depend on the type of implants you get and the materials you choose for the implant and crown. The surgical procedure will also affect the cost because the steps differ slightly depending on your treatment needs. Talk to our helpful staff about how you can get affordable dental implants.
Is Dental Implants Insurance Coverage Available?
Most of the time, policies don’t include dental implants insurance, but it is possible to find a plan. If you don’t find coverage, call our office to learn about the flexible financing options we offer that can help you manage the cost of your treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Implants?
No matter what your dental implants cost, it will be worth it. You’ll enjoy many benefits if you decide to get dental implants:
- A self-esteem boost
- A natural-looking, permanent and attractive smile
- Improved chewing abilities and speech
- A stronger jaw and protection for your remaining teeth
- Better oral hygiene than dentures and bridges can provide
What Are the Care Instructions for Implants?
It’s important that you follow our care instructions after the dental implants procedure. You can manage minor mouth soreness with over-the-counter pain relievers. After you heal and your crowns have been attached, you can care for your implants just as you do for your natural teeth. This includes brushing and flossing twice a day and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. You should also return to our office for routine follow-ups and teeth cleanings.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
It’s very common for people to wonder how long a dental implant lasts. Although there’s no set life span, an implant can last for 10 years—or even a lifetime. However, the location of your implant, your oral health and how well you care for your teeth will affect its life expectancy. Visit our practice to find out more about getting high-quality dental implants in South Bend.