Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They help restore the mouth so that good oral health can be maintained, and they can create a gorgeous cosmetic result. At King House Dental Group in Redlands, CA, Dr. Steve Tatevossian is able to use dental implants to restore a single tooth, or multiple teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone and supporting bone. The teeth attached to the implants are natural looking and are very strong, stable, and durable and can last many years. Dr. Tatevossian will carefully match the new tooth to the patient’s existing teeth to ensure a uniform smile.
Common reasons for Dental Implants include:
To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
To resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
To restore a confident smile
To restore and aid in chewing, speech, and digestion
To restore or enhance facial tissues
To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
About Dental Implants
Dental implants work by replacing the tooth root and providing a strong foundation for the new replacement tooth. The implant is a small, titanium post that is placed into the jawbone of the missing tooth. A new tooth can then be securely and permanently placed. This tooth will not only function like the patient’s natural teeth, but it will also feel and look like it as well. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, it will take 3 – 6 months for the implant and the bone to fully fuse together. This time is necessary for a strong bond to form before the artificial tooth is placed. After it is determined that the bond between the implant and the bone is strong and secure, the dentist will then adhere a small metal post to attach an abutment. After the healing period, usually a few weeks, the replacement tooth will be secured to the abutment.
Dental implants can cost more than other dental procedures, but this is due to the cosmetic effect, as well as the long-term result a patient receives. The total cost of the implant will depend if the patient needs any extractions, how many implants, the implant material, and the location of the implants. During the initial consultation, we will go over the patient’s treatment and financing options. Most dental insurance policies do not cover dental implants, since they are considered cosmetic, but our front office will confirm the patient’s coverage.
Dental Implants FAQS
Are Implants Painful?
Most patients report very little discomfort after receiving a dental implant. During the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to alleviate pain associated with bonding the tooth.
Special Care For Implants?
To maintain the quality of the implant, it is important to maintain to a daily dental hygiene regimen. This involves brushing, flossing, and scheduling dental exams and cleanings.
Best Candidates For Implants?
Candidate for dental implants should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and is missing one or more tooth. It is important for patients to have healthy gums and they should commit to maintaining good oral hygiene. Patients will have the opportunity to discuss if dental implants are a viable treatment for them with their dentist during their consultation.