What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a medical device that is inserted into the jawbone and serves as a tooth replacement. They are usually the best option when a tooth cannot be saved due to severe cavities or cracks.
Why are dental implants the preferred option?
Dental implants are the most natural feeling and least invasive long-term option for replacing a natural tooth.
What is the process for dental implants?
The process involves several steps, starting with the removal of the existing tooth and preparing the area for the future dental implant. This usually involves some bone work. Once the area is ready, the surgical process for the implant is initiated. The restorative doctor then adds the additional components to complete the natural-looking tooth.
During a dental exam for implants
During the dental exam, we examine the whole mouth to ensure the success of any treatments we provide. We may take photos and x-rays and explain the process of dental implants to ensure it is the best option for you.
Conditions that can affect the success of dental implants
Numerous conditions can affect the success rate of dental implants. Our goal at Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at Tallahassee is to provide the best treatment for each individual patient considering their medical conditions.
Te right treatment plan
We work closely with other doctors involved in the treatment and maintain good communication with the patient. We conduct thorough examinations to determine the appropriate treatment level, explain it to the patient, and coordinate with any additional doctors as needed.
Additional steps involved in the process of placing a dental implant
After the jawbone preparation is completed, we place the implant. Once the surgical phase is complete, we move to the restorative phase where we add additional components like the abutment and the cap or tooth replacement.
Bone grafting and dental implants
Bone grafting may be required in situations where we need to add more bone to make the area suitable for the dental implant.
Options for replacing a single tooth
The options include leaving the space open, a dental implant, a bridge, or removable options. The best option in most cases is a dental implant.
Recovery process for dental implants
The recovery process is relatively straightforward with patients reporting soreness for a few days but it rarely interferes with work.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last for the lifetime of the patient. They are meant to be a permanent device.
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants will never get cavities and are a more permanent solution than caps.
Cost of dental implants
The cost of dental implants varies depending on the number of implants to be placed. We work with individual lenders to provide financing options for larger scale treatments.
Getting started with dental implants
You should start by discussing it with your regular dentist. If you don't have a regular dentist, we are happy to provide a consultation at Periodontics and Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee. You can reach us at 850-692-9200.