Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
A patient must have a complete evaluation to make sure they are a candidate for implants.
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, please call our office to set up a free consult to discuss the best treatment options for you. At the consultation additional charges may apply if the dentist needs specific X-rays or Scans.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at this time. Vaughn, our office Manager at The SmilePlace, can answer all of your implant insurance questions at 845-342-2125
What is the first step?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. This treatment plan is developed by your General Dentist, Oral Surgeon, or Periodontist. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by our team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you. Some plans may include the need for a bone graft which is decided at consultation after proper scans are done. Bone grafting may require additional healing time. Once the area is ready the implant will be placed. The implant is a small post made of titanium and the post is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals it grows around the implant. Once the implant is secure in the bone then it can be restored with a tooth.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture. Patients will follow up with the dentist to make sure the implant is doing well. Proper care and routine checkups are still important part of keeping your implants and your gums healthy.
What are the benefits of having Dental Implants ?
• Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
• Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth like a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
• Durability. Implants are very durable, they do not decay and will last many years. At a 98% success rate with good care, many implants last a lifetime.
If you would like more information on dental implants or would like to schedule a consult please call our office today.