Dental Implants

What Can Dental Implants Do For Me?

Dental implants are created to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. An aesthetic, effective solution for missing or damaged teeth, dental implants can

  • Restore your smile
  • Improve function and speech
  • Promote optimal oral health
  • Protect healthy bone structure
  • Provide long-term tooth replacement
Dental Implant Restorations BeforeDental Implant Restorations After

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

During your visit, the doctor will carefully consider several factors to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Some of these considerations include:

  • Adequate bone support to anchor the implant
  • Healthy gum tissue
  • Sinus and nerve location
  • Overall health, including any chronic illnesses.

At Strobel Dentistry, our treatment philosophy is found by actively involving and educating our patients during treatment planning. If we determine you are an ideal candidate for dental implants, we will review your options, field your questions and discuss the next steps with you.

 
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Step by Step Implant Process

Once your evaluation is complete and you’ve opted to pursue implant restoration, the process is pretty straightforward:

  • Prepare the area
    • If the tooth still needs to be removed, this first phase involves extraction and bone grafting/regeneration if additional support is needed prior to implant placement.
    • If it’s a tooth from your upper arch and it’s been missing for a while, your sinuses may have started to encroach into the space the implant needs. A sinus lift would then be needed before the implant can be started.
    • In some cases, the implant can be placed immediately in the context of these procedures, but more often than not a period of 3-4 months healing is necessary post-extraction to ensure the area is ready.
  • Place the implant
    • Once we have adequate support and space, it’s time to place the surgical implant – this is the titanium post that goes into the gum and bone and will eventually support the prosthetic tooth (crown) that completes your restoration. An additional 3-4 months healing is typically needed after this phase to ensure that the implant has successfully integrated with your bone and is ready to support a crown.
  • Get your new tooth!
    • After the doctor has confirmed that the implant is healthy and successfully integrated into your bone, we’ll be ready to make you the final restoration, your implant crown.
    • This takes two visits: first you’ll come in for a scan so we have all the information we need to design and mill your crown. One week later, you come back to have your crown fitted and placed. Then you celebrate being done with your brand new tooth!

Dental Implants are Safe and Effective

Your safety is our top priority! Our team is dedicated to participating in continuing education on implant dentistry. At Strobel Dentistry, we use the latest technology and most up-to-date strategies to provide you with unparalleled service.

Implants today now have a 90-95% success rate, and maintaining regular visits to our office will allow us to provide you with care to ensure your implants will last for years.

What are the risks of dental implant placement?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with dental implants. Risks include: postoperative pain/discomfort/swelling/infection, prolonged or heavy bleeding, damage to adjacent teeth and structures, restricted oral movements related to swelling, nerve injury, bone loss around the implant, implant failure/rejection, jaw joint injury/spasm, and cracking/bruising around the mouth. Thankfully, advanced technology and training have reduced these to an absolute minimum in our practice.

There are risks of not treating the area at all as well. If you opt for no implant and no alternate type of restoration, these risks may include: bone loss, periodontal infection, shifting of adjacent and opposing teeth, increased difficulty chewing, and looseness of surrounding teeth ultimately necessitating additional extractions.

How much does a dental implant cost?

This of course varies depending on a number of factors, such as whether or not your tooth has been extracted yet, or if you need additional bone support/sinus augmentation prior to implant placement. There’s no denying that the long term viability of implants comes with a financial commitment; on average, an implant from start to finish will cost $4000-$4500 before any insurance benefits are applied.

The good news is that many insurance companies will reimburse around 50% up to your annual benefit limit for implants! Additionally, that total breaks down into more manageable amounts, typically billed out over the course of treatment, which as we’ve seen above can be as long as a year, so it’s rare that you’d be responsible for that total all at once.

If you are curious about what benefits or financial options may be available to you, our admin team can help. Get in touch today!

 
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Post-Operative Instructions