Dental Implants – Evansville, WI
Unmatched Strength and Beauty for Your Smile
Tooth loss is a difficult thing to handle – not only is your oral health damaged, but your self-confidence and overall quality of life suffer a heavy blow as well. Many patients turn to traditional replacement options like dental bridges and dentures, only to find themselves dissatisfied with their unnatural feel. At Maple Grove Family Dental, we can’t turn the clock back on your natural smile, but we can help you discover the next best solution: dental implants in Evansville. This revolutionary reconstructive treatment offers patients exceptional benefits, both for the health of their smile and its aesthetic value, and Dr. Melanie White would love to introduce you to it.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Most solutions for replacing lost teeth only bother with the crown, the white portion that makes up your beautiful smile. What many patients don’t realize is that there’s another, equally important part of each tooth hidden under the gums – the root. The root has the essential function of stimulating the jawbone. Without it, patients experience tissue deterioration, as well as an unpleasantly “hunched” facial appearance. Dental implants are the only reconstructive option that replicates the entire structure of your tooth pairing the lifelike beauty you need with rejuvenating results. They are also the only replacement that can last a lifetime with proper care.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dr. White’s recommendation for your restoration will depend on the number of teeth lost and your unique smile goals. One of the reasons she offers dental implants is that they can be used to restore one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole arch of teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
In cases of individual teeth, a custom, all-ceramic dental crown can seamlessly recreate the needed structure without forcing patients to sacrifice the health of surrounding teeth in the process. However, this option can become costly if there are several teeth in need of restoration.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Implant-retained prosthetics provide patients with the extensive coverage that they need all at once. If you’re missing consecutive teeth, Dr. White can use a dental bridge to literally bridge the gap in your smile. These appliances resemble traditional bridges, but they’re designed to attach to implants for a more permanent and confident result.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing all of your teeth, implant-retained dentures can replace a full arch of your smile all at once. Using strategically placed dental implants, Dr. White can deliver you a strong and secure replacement.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Are dental implants worth the cost? You’ll generally find that they have a higher initial price point than regular dentures or bridges, but they also offer a variety of benefits that you wouldn’t enjoy with other forms of tooth replacement. To help you decide whether the final cost is worth it, we’ll go over the different factors that determine the price during your initial consultation as well as your options for payment. Below are some of the things we’ll go over when calculating the final cost.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
There are a number of procedures that may or may not be part of the implant process depending on your oral health. For example, if you haven’t already lost the tooth that needs to be replaced, you’ll have to make room in your budget for an extraction. We’ll go over the cost of these treatments with you ahead of time. There is also the cost of the surgery itself, which might be raised if anesthesia or a form of dental sedation is employed. Our practice handles the restoration side of the implant process; the surgery is handled by an outside specialist. That means you’ll have to pay a separate fee for implant placement.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
The dental implant post, the final restoration, and the abutment that connects them all carry their own cost. When figuring out the final price of each component, the material used is taken into account. For example, most dental implants are made of titanium, but others are made of zirconia. There are also different brands and manufacturers of implants, and some are more reliable than others. Talk with the specialist performing the surgery to learn more about the materials they use.
Final Dental Implant Restoration
Different dental restorations have different costs. They also require different numbers of implant posts to support them, which can further affect the price. The major types of implant-retained restorations that you might get include:
- A single crown on top of one dental implant post.
- A dental bridge attached to a pair of implants.
- Partial dentures attached to a strategic number of implants depending on how many teeth are missing and where they’re located.
- Full dentures anchored to four to eight implants.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Implants?
There are some dental plans willing to help pay for implant surgery, but in many cases the procedure is classified as a cosmetic treatment and thus isn’t covered. However, insurance often still covers portions of the implant treatment, such as the actual restoration or certain preliminary treatments that improve your overall dental health. We accept a wide variety of dental plans, and we’d be happy to go over the details of your coverage with you.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Dental insurance isn’t your only option to help pay for dental implants. You can sign up for our Smart Smile Membership Plan and pay a low annual fee to enjoy discounted prices on a wide variety of our services. We can also help you apply for CareCredit, a third-party financing company that lets you pay for your care in installments.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
If you’re like most people, you have some questions about the dental implant process that you need answered before you can feel comfortable about moving forward. Because we believe in educating our patients about any type of treatment they’ll receive at Maple Grove Family Dental, Dr. Melanie White has taken the time to answer five of the most commonly asked questions about dental implant insertion.
Will I be in excruciating pain after my dental implant surgery?
The last thing you want to happen after the numbing medication wears off from the initial dental implant insertion is to feel like you’ve been hit with a ton of bricks. Have no fear; this won’t happen to you.
While you can expect some slight discomfort for two to four days after an implant is placed, it can usually be managed by simply taking an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen.
How long does the dental implant process take from start to finish?
Because there are several steps to tooth replacement with a dental implant and each patient has different needs, there is no set time for the completion of the process. Generally, it can take from six months to a year. However, once you’ve healed completely and the implant has fused with your underlying jawbone, the fixture can last 30 years or more.
Will I have any food restrictions?
One of the definite perks of dental implant placement is that it will restore up to 95% of your original chewing capacity. That means you’ll be able to eat most of the foods you love. However, to encourage the longevity of your implant, Dr. White suggests that you only chew small bites of food and to limit your consumption of harder items like nuts and carrots.
How should I clean my dental implants?
With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about removing any appliances to soak them at night. Instead, you’ll just brush and floss at least two times a day as usual. Some items you may consider are a water flosser, soft-bristled toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste.
Will I have a natural looking smile?
When it comes to smile aesthetics, the dental implant procedure stands in a class of its own. By the titanium implant attaching at the jawbone level, it provides a level of stability that can only be matched by your original teeth roots.
The sound foundation that the implant provides also translates into a more realistic appearance. Furthermore, by having the necessary support at the jawbone level, you can avoid any premature wrinkling and maintain a more youthful look.
We know that having dental implants placed is a large undertaking for you. That’s why your dentist is happy to sit down with you and explain the process more in-depth. To take the first steps toward a brand-new life, contact us at Maple Grove Family Dental to request a visit today!