Dental implants offer you the opportunity to replace missing teeth with results that both look and feel natural. They are permanent, they do not move or slip inside the mouth, and they require no daily maintenance other than regular brushing and flossing. Cosmetic dentist Wayde Fawcett, DDS provides beautiful, custom-made porcelain crowns for dental implants that can ultimately serve to help you restore both form and function of your teeth.
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Why Choose the Fawcett Center for Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Candidates for Dental Implants
- Dental Implants Cost
- Dental Implant FAQs
Benefits of Dental Implants
People with missing teeth often experience problems with chewing or speaking. It may even have a negative effect on their appearance. Dental implants are the ideal way of replacing missing teeth. The implants are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth, just like your natural teeth. In fact, the ceramic crown that is attached to the implant is so lifelike it’s practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In addition, the crown is custom designed and created precisely so that the fit is not only comfortable, but also extremely secure, so that you won’t even notice it when you chew or speak.
Why Choose the Fawcett Center for Dentistry for Dental Implants?
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Dr. Fawcett explains, “By having the latest computer assisted technology that integrates the digital scanning & design capabilities of CEREC® with the diagnostic accuracy of a GALILEOS 3D® scan, I am able to treatment plan the surgical and the prosthetic implant simultaneously, which ensures maximum safety for my patients and a more predictable outcome.” This is a huge advantage for our patients, because they won’t have to visit multiple doctors and because Dr. Fawcett can pinpoint the placement and the angle of the dental implant precisely, they have the peace of mind knowing that the final crown will fit perfectly in the mouth.
Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are interested in implants to replace a missing or lost tooth, Dr. Fawcett will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if your health is conducive to this type of restoration. If you aren’t in good general health, implants may not work for your needs. Healthy gums and good jawbone density are essential to support the implants. You must also be meticulous about regular dental visits and maintaining your dental hygiene. There’s a higher risk with implants for those who suffer from diabetes, as this can interfere with healing. Although smoking poses an additional surgical risk, it does not preclude smokers from receiving implants. Smokers may be at greater risk for gum disease than non-smokers, and gum disease can weaken the gum and bone tissue needed to support implants.
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Dental Implants Cost
The exact price of dental implants varies from patient to patient, and is dependent on a number of factors including:
- Number of dental implants
- Location in the mouth
- Degree of surgical difficulty
- Skill and experience of the dentist
If you would prefer to receive All-on-4® implant supported dentures instead of individual dental implants to replace each missing tooth, the overall cost of your procedure will most likely be lower. Also, if you do not have sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants, you may be eligible to receive bone grafting, which can make you a better candidate for implants. If bone grafting is necessary, you will likely have a higher cost.
During the consultation process, Dr. Fawcett will conduct a comprehensive oral exam, review your medical history, listen carefully to your goals, and recommend a treatment approach. At that point in time, he can provide an estimate for the cost of your dental implant procedure.
At the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, we want the goal of a healthy and beautiful smile to be within reach for all of our patients. In addition to offering assistance navigating your dental insurance benefits, we provide a number of financing options that can help you attain the smile of your dreams in a manner that fits comfortably within your budget.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants can be a highly beneficial solution for anyone missing one or more teeth. The advanced dental option offers a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. To help educate patients on what they can expect from dental implant surgery, Dr. Fawcett has provided answers to frequently asked questions:
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that completely takes the place of the tooth and its root. Each implant is composed of a titanium post that replaces the root of the missing tooth, a porcelain crown, and an abutment piece that connects the crown with the post.
Will dental implants improve both the form and function of my teeth?
Yes. Dental implants are individually designed for each patient to replace their missing tooth. As a result, they not only look natural, but they function like a real tooth, which can improve speaking and chewing movements. Since they completely replace the tooth’s root, dental implants have the additional benefit of preventing bone loss and adjacent teeth from shifting.
Do dental implants look natural?
Yes. Our dental implant patients receive custom-made crown restorations to replace their missing teeth. These are specially designed for each patient to match the rest of their smile for the most natural appearance.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Candidacy for dental implant surgery will depend on various factors that will be evaluated during your consultation. Typically, a good candidate has good oral health, sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the implant, and is looking for a permanent replacement for missing teeth.
Are there any risks associated with dental implants?
As with any major surgery, there are some associated risks; however, dental implant surgery is considered an extremely predictable procedure. Possible risks include infection, numbness, damage to surrounding teeth, or implant failure in extremely rare cases. We always prioritize your safety above all else, and your dentist will discuss factors that may increase your risk for complications during the consultation process. Patients with increased risks include those who smoke or have pre-existing medical conditions.
How long is the dental implant procedure?
While the exact length of your dental implant procedure will depend upon factors such as the number of dental implants as well as their location in the mouth, many basic procedures can be completed within one hour.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Typically, local anesthesia is used during dental implant surgery to help ensure your comfort. Just as with many other dental procedures, such as receiving a filling, you will not feel any pain under local anesthesia.
What can I expect during my recovery from dental implant surgery?
Since there are usually no open wounds after dental implant surgery, the recovery time for this procedure is relatively fast. Any discomfort experienced during the days following your procedure can be easily managed with oral pain medication.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to permanently replace one or more teeth. They do not shift or slip, and the implants become a permanent addition to your mouth. Many patients have had their dental implants for 40 years or more.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price of your dental implant procedure will vary depending upon the nature of your surgery and your goals. Though the initial cost of dental implants may be greater than other methods of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are a permanent restoration and most patients find their rejuvenated smiles are worth the investment. Learn more about the cost of dental implants.
Are dental implants covered by my insurance?
As with many elective dental procedures, dental implant surgery is not typically covered by insurance providers. However, we offer a number of financing options to help patients cover the cost of the procedure in a manner that can fit within their budget.
For more information on dental implant restorations, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at our practice, please contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry.