Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Missing teeth are successfully being replaced with dental implants. Titanium posts are surgically placed in the jawbone and serve as an artificial root. Single tooth crowns, bridges and/or dentures are attached to the implant’s base with either screws or cement and offer the patient more stability and comfort when chewing food.

Restored implants provide the look and feel of natural teeth and are very durable.  They will last for many years and have a remarkable success rate.

The replacement teeth that are attached to the implant require routine maintenance just as natural teeth do; including good oral hygiene habits and regular professional dental cleaning.  They are subject to the same wear and tear as other dental restorations.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Replacing a single missing tooth with an implant eliminates the need to affect the adjacent teeth.

  • Dental Implants can enhance your appearance and make you feel more confident.

    • When teeth are removed, the bone becomes thin and begins to shrink. As this occurs, the patient often develops a sunken-cheek appearance. Implants help reduce bone resorption in the area of a missing tooth.

  • No more slipping and sliding of an Ill-fitting Denture

    • Many patients that wear a denture often complain of a loose fit and difficulty chewing or speaking. An Implant Supported Denture offers greater stabilization, improved function and more comfort. Patients feel more confident with a more natural looking smile.  They also appreciate no longer having to use those sticky adhesives to hold their denture in place. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

  • Treatment with dental implants can be complicated and in order to achieve the best results, meticulous planning is crucial. After thoroughly examining the prospective patient and reviewing the patient's health history, necessary x-rays and models,  the dentist will determine if he/she is a good candidate for dental implants.   

  • Healthy gums and an adequate amount of bone are necessary to support an implant. A separate procedure called bone grafting may be necessary if there is not a sufficient amount of bone present to support the implant. 

Risk Factors

  • Unfortunately, some patients are not good candidates due to certain health complications and/or habits. Typically, smokers or tobacco users are not considered good candidates for this procedure because tobacco hinders the healing process in the mouth. Other factors include:

  • Pregnancy

  • Chronic Systemic Diseases

  • Diabetes

  • Connective Tissue Diseases

  • Hemophilia

  • Alcohol or Substance Abuse

Will Insurance Pay for my Implants?

  • Some insurance policies do cover implants and the replacement restoration.  This is dependent on the policy that was purchased by your employer.  

  • A Summary of Benefits and a description of your dental plan will be located in the insurance manual provided by your employer.  You may also be able to review the information online by logging into your carrier's website. The best way to determine coverage is by sending a request for a pre-estimate to the insurance company.  We will be happy to assist with this process by submitting all of the required documentation for you.