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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
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?
Dr. Fawcett has acquired additional training in implants among the many other credentials he has achieved over his long and distinguished career. Dr. Fawcett is also a member and Fellow of the International Congress of Implantologists, making him an experienced and skilled choice for patients considering permanent teeth replacement. His special focus in dental implants gives him the added advantage of having integrated technology that enables him to complete the entire process from start to finish all under one roof.
Dr. Fawcett explains, “By having the latest computer assisted technology that integrates the digital scanning and 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 to complete their treatment. Additionally, Dr. Fawcett can pinpoint the placement and the angle of the dental implant precisely, so patients can have peace of mind knowing that the final crown will fit perfectly in the mouth.
Dr. Fawcett has been my family’s Dentist for over 30 years. We now travel over 150 miles to see him. He is the only one we trust with our teeth.
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.
Dental Implant Technology
The state-of-the-art technology Dr. Fawcett uses for diagnostic imaging, treatment planning, and the restoration of dental implants helps him to achieve the outstanding results he is known for. For dental implants patients, the most important pieces of advanced technology in our office are the Galileos® 3D imaging system and the CEREC® CAD/CAM restoration design and milling system. Learn more about these impressive technologies:
Galileos® 3D Imaging System
- One of the hottest new technologies impacting the field of dentistry is the cone beam CT scan – now available at the Fawcett Center for Dentistry. We are one of the first offices in the area to offer this powerful diagnostic technology with the Galileos 3D Imaging System. Its wide range of applications, from general dentistry to periodontics, dental implants, orthodontics, endodontics, sleep dentistry, oral surgery, etc. has changed dentistry forever.
- In only 14 seconds, the scan provides an amazing high resolution 3D image of the mouth, face, and jaw, including nerves, blood vessels, and bone density. The vast detail of information provided by the scan enables Dr. Fawcett to diagnose more accurately and design the best dental implant treatment plan with the least risk and the most predictable results. He can also detect early signs of any dental problems that could potentially become serious.
- When reviewing their scans with Dr. Fawcett, our dental implant patients are better able to visualize and understand their treatment needs, which gives them the confidence to make informed decisions about their dental health and treatment.
- Every dental implant procedure begins with a Galileos® 3D scan to diagnose concerns and evaluate candidacy for the procedure. If the patient is a good candidate for dental implants, the scans are then utilized for treatment planning, which can include any necessary bone grafting procedures and the surgical placement of the implant posts.
CEREC® System for Restoration Design & Milling
While some patients may opt for dental implant restorations that are created in a dental lab, others may decide to have their dental implant crowns and bridges crafted with Dr. Fawcett’s in-office CEREC® CAD/CAM system. The state-of-the-art CEREC® system allows Dr. Fawcett to design and mill custom implant restorations right in the office, using a variety of high-quality materials. When creating implant restorations with the CEREC® system, Dr. Fawcett is meticulous about designing prosthetics that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
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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.
All-On-4® Teeth in a Day - Same Day Dental Implants
The All-On-4 system is the fastest way to achieve secure replacement of all the top and/or lower teeth. This technique uses four strategically placed dental implants, two positioned toward the front of the jaw and two angled from the back, to anchor each custom full-arch restoration into place. The secured dentures do not slip or rub on the gums, which makes them an appealing alternative to removable dentures. Furthermore, All-On-4 can be a viable option for patients with reduced jawbone density. The specialized dental implants heal quickly and, in some cases, restorations can be placed soon after implantation. Patients who choose All-On-4 are generally very satisfied with the look and feel of their replacement teeth, and enjoy smiling, eating, and speaking with renewed confidence.
Dental Implant FAQs
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.