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Dental Implants – Evansville, WI

Replace Your Missing Teeth with a Permanent Solution

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. Dr. Melanie White would love to introduce you to dental implants, and all you have to do to get started is call us!

Why Choose Maple Grove Family Dental for Dental Implants?

  • Partnered with the Best Local Dental Implant Specialists
  • Low-Interest Dental Financing Available
  • Spa-Like Dental Office with Massage Chairs & Other Amenities

What Are Dental Implants?

implant dentist showing a patient a model of a dental implants in Evansville

Unlike traditional dental bridges and dentures, dental implants replicate the entire structure of a tooth that has been lost. The implant itself is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your jaw to serve as a root. Then, your jawbone naturally grows around the post, forming a bond that is as strong as that of your missing tooth. From there, we connect a metal abutment to the top of the implant, allowing it to support a custom-made restoration (which may be a dental crown, bridge, or denture) that perfectly mimics your original smile.

In the end, dental implants replace your missing teeth with a permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions like you’d never lost any teeth in the first place!

The Dental Implant Process

dental implant with a crown and abutment

Dental implants have a more complex structure than dentures and bridges do, and they require oral surgery. Naturally, getting dental implants will take longer than getting traditional tooth replacements, but since implants can last a lifetime, they’re definitely worth the wait!

Dr. White has partnered with a network of highly experienced dental implant specialists in the Evansville area. That way, you can ensure that your dental implant surgery proceeds without a hitch. After a consultation, they’ll surgically place your implants, and then you’ll spend the next three to six months waiting for the posts to integrate with your jawbone. Afterward, your abutments are placed, and your crown, bridge, or denture is secured onto them.

Benefits of Dental Implants

close up person smiling with a dental implant

In a perfect world, every smile would last a lifetime. However, the unfortunate truth is that many people will end up losing one or more teeth throughout the course of their lives, whether it’s due to damage or decay. That’s where dental implants come in. This comprehensive tooth replacement method restores not just the crown, but the root of your tooth as well. Because of this, it comes with a whole host of benefits. Keep reading below to learn more about the advantages of choosing dental implants in Evansville.

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Keep Looking Young

smiling woman with her hand on her face

Because dental implants replace the root as well as the crown, the posts stimulate your jawbone, providing it with all the nutrients it needs to grow and remain strong. When you’re missing teeth and you don’t replace them with implants, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, which puts you at a greater risk for further tooth loss. Not only that, but your facial muscles start to droop, making you appear older than you actually are. Dental implants help you maintain a youthful appearance for years to come.

Enjoy a Healthy Diet  

smiling woman holding an apple

Missing teeth can make eating a varied diet of crunchy, healthy foods like fresh produce next to impossible. Even some other tooth replacements like dentures can make it difficult to eat anything other than soft foods. As a result, your overall nutrition can suffer. Dental implants allow you to retain your full biting force, letting you eat whatever healthy foods you want.

Preserve Your Remaining Natural Teeth

single dental implant replacing a missing tooth

Again, dental implants will prevent your jawbone from shrinking, allowing you to keep the rest of your natural teeth for several years, if not decades. Not to mention, replacing a missing tooth with an implant will prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting to fill in the gap.

Practice Easy Maintenance

man brushing his teeth in front of a bathroom mirror

Because dental implants perfectly mimic the structure of your natural tooth, they require no special care beyond what you extend to the rest of your pearly whites. Simply brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once daily. Additionally, attend regular checkups with us every six months to keep your implant and restoration in excellent shape.

Get a Boost of Confidence

woman confidently pointing to her smile

It can be hard to feel confident in your grin when you’re missing teeth. Dental implants are made to blend in with the rest of your smile. Not only do they feel completely natural, but they look like a normal part of your grin.

Smile for Decades to Come

dental patient admiring her new smile in a mirror

Dental implants may have a higher initial cost than dentures or bridges, but they’re ultimately worth it. Implants have the potential to last for decades, possibly even the rest of your life if you take proper care of them. You don’t have to rack up costs replacing them every few years like you would for other tooth replacement methods.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

dental patient smiling brightly

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.  

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Missing One Tooth

single dental implant with a crown on top

In cases of individual missing 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.

Missing Multiple Teeth

two dental implants holding a dental bridge in place

Implant-supported 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

six dental implants holding a full implant denture in place

If you’re missing all of your teeth, implant 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.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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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.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

group of dentists performing 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

three dental implants with abutments and crowns lying on a flat surface

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

dentist placing a crown onto a model of a dental implant in the jaw

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-supported 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?

dental insurance paperwork

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 team member showing a patient their financing options

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 FAQs

senior man sitting in the dental chair and holding a mirror

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.

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Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

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 with Dental Implants?

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 with Dental Implants?

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.