Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing teeth. They are comfortable and can look and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants are considered state-of-the-art and are an alternative to bridges, partials, or dentures.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. The titanium integrates with the jawbone to give firm support to the artificial tooth. This integration typically takes from three to six months.
After the dental implant is placed into the bone, your body needs time to heal. This can take up to a few months. Then, our dentists at Reflection Ridge Dental use the implant to attach a crown to the titanium implant.
This procedure replaces a single missing tooth. Multiple implants can be used to secure a fixed bridge or improve the hold of a denture.
Dental implant placement requires several steps over a period of time ranging from three months to over a year. However, a fully integrated dental implant will normally last a lifetime.
For cases with all the steps being completed at our Reflection Ridge Dental office, the fee quoted will include all the components of the planned treatment.
In certain situations, we may work with a specialist. In that case, we will give you an estimate for the abutment and crown we will do here. The specialist will be able to give you the estimate for their work with the surgery needed. That could include extraction, bone grafting, and implant placement.
Typically, implants are not covered by insurance providers. However, the investment in a healthy mouth, with a stable, natural smile can be priceless.
Some insurance plans have special limitations and allowances for implant treatment. However, it is best to research this ahead of time in a case-by-case scenario. Predeterminations would be necessary to verify any possible coverage.
We work with a company that helps provide dental financing options and payment plans. Please let us know if you would like an application for Care Credit and we can help you with the process.
Complications are rare with implant procedures. If infections or other complications occur, additional medications or surgical treatment may be needed. However, such complications are rare. We typically avoid complications with our 3D imaging technology.
The placement of an implant is a minor surgery. Special care is taken to preserve all healthy bone and tissue. Healing times vary from case to case depending on the individuals health. Health conditions such as diabetes, chronic diseases, existing dental or bone problems, smoking and alcohol consumption can adversely affect the process.
If you have any questions about dental implants or the other alternative treatments, please ask. At Reflection Ridge Dental we believe being informed about the process is critical to positive treatment outcomes.