What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace missing teeth. They are composed of three parts that make up the root, body and crown. The dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is inserted into the jawbone. This titanium cylinder mimics a natural tooth root. The abutment is the body of the replacement tooth. Lastly, the porcelain crown is cemented onto the abutment to produce and beautiful looking porcelain crown that mimics natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Dental implants are the most advanced and longest lasting dental solution for missing teeth.
- Dental implants mimic natural teeth
- Dental implants are the most advanced tooth replacement technique
- Dental implants save bone and prevent the appearance of premature aging
- Dental implants function and feel just like natural teeth
- The success rates of dental implants is 95% to 98%
- Dental implants can be used on patients of any age
- Dental implants are the most conservative treatment option
- Dental implants do not hurt adjacent teeth like bridges do
- You can eat, smile, talk and laugh with confidence with dental implants
- Dental implants will never decay
- Dental implants will never need a root canal
- Dental implants can be used to secure dentures
Why use dental implants?
Dental implants are an alternative for:
- Patients who cannot function with conventional dentures.
- Patients who has lost teeth and wants to avoid removable partial dentures.
- A fixed bridge that requires cutting on adjacent healthy teeth.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth can be a candidate. Dr. Nugent will evaluate you and review your medical history. In the past there was limitations on who could receive dental implants. Usually that included patients who smoked or had diabetes. However, with modern dental implant protocols the past limitations of dental implants are no longer valid.
How long does the dental implant last?
Dental Implants are designed to last a life time because they mimic natural teeth. Patients that received early implants in the 1970s are still functioning. Today’s modern implants are more advanced. Furthermore, the techniques, materials and science of dental implants have been greatly refined since the first implant placement in the 1970s. With proper care (brushing and flossing) dental implants will most likely survive a lifetime.
How much does an implant cost?
Dental implants cost around 4,000 dollars. This is comparable to that of a bridge or other advanced dental procedure. With the long term success of dental implants you will not be paying to redo the implant. Whereas with bridges the average life span of a bridge is 10 to 15 years. When bridges fail there are more problems and the expense to repair the damage is substantially larger than the original expense.
After I receive my dental implant how do I take care of it?
You should care for your dental implant just like a natural tooth. You will still continue to brush and floss like normal. Dental implants cannot get cavities but can get gum disease (just like natural teeth) if proper oral hygiene is not followed
Can the dental implant fail?
No dental or medical procedure is 100% successful. However, nothing in dentistry has a better success rate of replacing missing teeth then dental implants. In seven years of working with dental implants Dr. Nugent has had one implant not fuse to the bone. The oral surgeon simply took the implant out and placed a new implant.
Will I have to miss work because of the dental implant surgery?
Normally we tell patients to take the day off on the day of surgery. Most patients return to work the next day.
Is the dental implant surgery painful?
Dr. Nugent has restored dental implants on his Father, Mother, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law. All of Dr. Nugent’s family members had their dental implants placed with only local anesthesia. Dr. Nugent can provide oral sedation at his office. Whereas, I.V. Sedation is possible form the oral surgeon. Most patients describe the procedure as a lot easier than they thought or as no big deal.
How much pain will I be in after the surgery?
Most patients report little discomfort. The biggest complaint is that the area of dental implant placement is sore. Dr. Nugent’s Father and Mother-in-law did not experience any discomfort or problems after the surgery. Dr. Nugent’s Father-in-law was sore for a couple of days after the surgery and took Advil for several days.
What will happen if I do not replace missing teeth?
When a tooth is lost the bone around the area of the missing tooth rapidly disappears in the first year. The bone will continually disappear year after year. Chewing creates tremendous pressures and forces that the teeth share. When one or more teeth are missing the remaining teeth are forced to handle the excessive forces. This can cause many problems such as teeth breaking, shifting teeth, altered chewing and headaches. Teeth will shift and move into the missing spaces creating more problems than just the missing tooth.