Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or bridges. They provide a strong and stable foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth designed to match your natural teeth. Here is how Dr. Patel and his team apply the most advanced techniques to ensure your new implants are effective, comfortable, and perfect for YOU!
We understand that every patient's dental needs are unique, so we provide personalized dental care tailored to your needs. We take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Dr. Patel will examine your teeth and jaw, often using X-rays, to assess the condition of your jawbone and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The dental implant, typically made of titanium, is placed into the jawbone beneath the gum tissue during the surgical procedure. The gum is then stitched back into place. We understand that this may sound intimidating, but rest assured that Dr. Patel's goal is to ensure your comfort throughout the whole process. Local anesthesia will be provided.
Over the next several weeks to months, the implant fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This integration ensures stability and durability for the long term.
Once osseointegration is complete, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment serves as the foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth.
The final step involves attaching the prosthetic tooth or teeth to the abutment. This could be a crown for a single tooth replacement or a bridge or denture for multiple teeth.
It's important to note that the success of dental implants depends on factors such as overall health, oral hygiene, and the availability of sufficient jawbone. Regular check-ups and exams are critical to maintaining your overall health - and that new hardware!
The level of pain or discomfort associated with dental implants can vary from person to person, and it depends on several factors, including the individual's pain tolerance, the complexity of the procedure, and the extent of any necessary pre-operative treatments.
Here's a general overview of the typical experiences associated with dental implants:
1. During the Surgical Procedure:
2. Post-Surgery Recovery:
3. Long-Term Experience:
Communicating openly with your dental care team about any concerns or discomfort you may experience is essential. Dr. Patel will provide guidance on pain management and address any issues that may arise during the recovery process. Remember that dental implant and technology advancements aim to minimize discomfort and enhance the overall patient experience.
If you are considering dental implants, please call us at (407) 395-3800 to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Patel. He will discuss the procedure, potential discomfort, and post-operative care with you. Dr. Patel will also provide personalized recommendations based on your specific situation.
The lifespan of dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including individual health, oral hygiene practices, and overall maintenance. Dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting and durable solution for tooth replacement. With proper care, they can last for many years and, in some cases, a lifetime. Here are key factors that influence the longevity of dental implants:
2. Oral Hygiene Practices:
3. Overall Health:
4. Proper Bite and Function:
5. Maintenance and Follow-Up Care:
It's important to note that while dental implants have a high success rate, complications such as infection, implant failure, or issues with the surrounding tissues can occur. Early detection and intervention can often address these issues and contribute to the long-term success of the implants.
Ultimately, the longevity of dental implants is influenced by a combination of factors, and individual experiences may vary. If you have dental implants or are considering them, consult your dental professional for personalized advice and guidance based on your specific circumstances. Regular follow-up appointments and adherence to recommended oral care practices can significantly contribute to the longevity of dental implants.
The cost of dental implants can vary widely based on several factors, including the geographic location, the specific dental professional performing the procedure, the complexity of the case, and any additional procedures or materials involved. Here are some general considerations regarding the cost of dental implants:
1. Number of Implants:
2. Type of Restoration:
3. Preparatory Procedures:
4. Choice of Materials:
5. Additional Costs:
The cost of a single dental implant in the United States typically ranges from $1,500 to $6,000 or more. However, these figures can vary, and we recommend calling our office for an accurate estimate based on your specific needs and circumstances.
It's essential to note that dental implant costs are an investment in long-term oral health, as implants are a durable and often permanent solution for tooth replacement. Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost, but coverage varies, and it's advisable to check with your insurance provider.