Dental Implants — Worthington, PA
Regain Your Healthy Smile with Dental Implants
You only get one set of permanent teeth to last for an entire lifetime, but things happen. Accidents, infections, and mishaps can occur, even despite best efforts, leading to tooth loss. The gaps in your teeth can make you want to hide your smile and can cause oral and overall health problems. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you don’t have to simply accept a subpar smile for the rest of your life—Dr. Adam and our team can help you find the right replacement option for your missing teeth. The most natural choice, of course, is dental implants, which consist of surgically positioned titanium posts that are topped off with dental prosthetics. Call our office today and schedule a consultation to learn more!
Why Choose Dr. L.J. Adam, DMD for Dental Implants?
- Works with Local Dental Specialists to Perform Placement
- Modern Technology in a Warm and Welcoming Family Dental Office
- Multiple Flexible Financing Options and Transparent Fees
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to act as not just replacement teeth, but also replacement tooth roots. The root is what is responsible for stimulating bone tissue, which does far more for your daily habits than you might realize. Each implant consists of a titanium post (the root replacement), a restoration, and an abutment that connects the two together to create one seamless prosthetic tooth. Not only are you able to gain a complete smile, but you can expect to chew your favorite foods with ease and smile with confidence. Thanks to the materials used to create your restoration, only you and your dentist will know you had a tooth replaced.
The Dental Implant Process
First, at your consultation, Dr. Adam will take X-rays to determine whether you’ll require a preparatory procedure, such as a sinus lift or bone graft before you can receive implants. After the posts are surgically placed into your jawbone, you’ll wait three to six months for them to integrate with the bone and essentially become a part of your body. When you’ve finished healing, you’ll receive an abutment, wait an additional few weeks to heal, then return to our office. We’ll place your custom-made restoration, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a full, healthy smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to other methods of replacing missing teeth, namely bridges and dentures alone, dental implants have many advantages that help you recreate a healthy smile, including the following:
- Stronger jaw health. Implants keep the jawbone stimulated, so you can maintain support for your remaining teeth and retain your youthful facial structure.
- Secure bite. Because dental implants become embedded in your jawbone, just like natural teeth, you can bite and chew without worrying about your replacement teeth slipping.
- No impact on surrounding teeth. Both bridges and partial dentures rely on your healthy teeth for support, but dental implants don’t, helping to preserve your natural teeth longer.
- Long lifespan. Dental implants can last for 30 or more years when you take care of them.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
In most cases, we’re able to use dental implants to support any number of replacement teeth. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or a full arch of teeth, we’ll work with local specialists on the first phase of treatment. This initial step in the tooth replacement process involves surgically placing dental implants into the gum line. Once this process is complete, you’ll return to our office so we can attach your replacement tooth or teeth.
Missing One Tooth
A crown can be attached to a single implant post to replace one tooth, and two crowns can also be fused together and typically supported by a single implant.
Missing Multiple Teeth
A fixed bridge that consists of three or more consecutive teeth will need to be supported with two dental implants, one at each end. Otherwise, we can combine dental implants with a partial denture to replace several missing teeth along an arch.
Missing All Teeth
Even if you have suffered total tooth loss, you can benefit from dental implants. Using as few implants as possible, usually four to six, we can securely attach your full dentures for long-term use.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
As you can see, there are many possible solutions with dental implants, so much so that it is difficult to pinpoint a general estimate. The number and location of the dental implants, plus the restoration that will be used, determine how much your treatment will cost. That’s why it’s so important to have a consultation with Dr. Adam. He will evaluate your mouth and discuss your options with you. Then, our team can review your insurance coverage and help you determine the amount that you’re responsible for. We can help make this whole process as smooth and painless as possible, so schedule your consultation with us today!
The Stages of Dental Implant Treatment
The dental implant process takes multiple appointments that are spread out over the course of several months to a year. Each of these visits incurs their own unique cost, so you don’t have to pay for the entire treatment all at once. Because of this, you’ll be able to pay for your care over a longer period of time, rather than having to do so all in one lump sum.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
While dental implants cost more up front than traditional bridges or dentures, they could actually end up saving you money in the long run. With the right aftercare, they can last for decades, maybe even a lifetime. You’d spend less time and money on frequent repairs and replacements like you would with dentures and bridges.
Dental implants also offer unmatched health benefits that other solutions don’t, such as jawbone growth that supports your facial muscles and keeps you looking young. Most of our dental implant patients have found that they were absolutely worth the investment.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Many dental insurance carriers don’t cover the cost of implants, but every plan is different. Even if they don’t pay for the implants themselves, they might mitigate the cost of your bone graft, restoration, etc.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team can take a look at your insurance plan and maximize any benefits you may have to lower your cost as much as possible. If you’re uninsured, or still need help financing your implants, we offer a dental savings plan, in which you get 15% off most treatments in exchange for a low annual fee. To find out how much your new and improved smile will cost, schedule a consultation with us today!
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Worthington? You’re making a smart decision; however, we understand if you still have a few apprehensions before you’re ready to get started. That’s why we take the time to explain the entire process during your initial consultation. To help ease any anxieties until your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about dental implants.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Although its preventable, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Unfortunately, if you’ve lost teeth from it, you won’t be a candidate for dental implants until after the infection has been resolved. Periodontal therapy will add another step to your plan; however, it’s time well spent to ensure your new smile has the healthy foundation it needs to thrive.
Will I need bone grafting?
Many patients who are interested in dental implants will require bone grafting before their placement surgery. Although it’s common, the additional procedure isn’t always necessary. Your cosmetic dentist in Worthington will review a CT scan of your jaw to evaluate the density of your bone. If you have weakened areas from infection or prolonged tooth loss, we might recommend the procedure to add thickness to the compromised bone. After your bone integrates with the graft, your jaw can support the posts for many years with the right aftercare.
Can dental implants fail?
Dental implants offer the most predictable results when used to treat tooth loss. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate to last for decades. Although it’s rare, dental implants can fail. Most often, it’s the result of a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. You can help safeguard your smile by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. If you develop any concerning signs in between routine appointments, like pain or redness, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment. Quick intervention can help prevent complete dental implant failure to protect your investment.