September 26, 2019
Getting dental implants is a big step, one that involves a surgical procedure. Since we want you to feel fully confident in your decision to get these life-changing teeth replacements, we want to answer all of your questions. We suggest scheduling a consultation with Dr. Airey so he can personally address them. In the meantime we’ve provided answers here for some common dental implants questions.
We hope these answers will get you more familiar with implants and encourage you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Airey. When you’re ready, call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673.
How Are Dental Implants Different Than Other Tooth Replacements?
Dr. Airey embeds dental implants in your jaw, where your bone fuses around them in a process called osseointegration. Because of this, they provide an incredibly stable connection for a restoration like a dental crown or a bridge. Your implant can be restored with:
- Dental Crown – A crown attached to an implant will replace a single missing tooth. Without an implant, you’d need to get a bridge to replace your tooth – which involves modifying at least two healthy teeth to support the bridge.
- Dental Bridge – A bridge can be attached to implants to replace several teeth. This eliminates the need to alter your nearby teeth.
- Dentures – You can replace all of your teeth, by having dentures attached to implants. You can choose dentures that you can remove for cleaning or dentures that never need to be removed.
Unlike some dentists, Dr. Airey both places and restores dental implants. Since you won’t need to visit an oral surgeon for any part of your implant procedure, you’ll save time and money.
Why Are Implants Better Than Other Teeth Replacements?
Dental implants offer benefits you won’t enjoy with other teeth replacements. A big one is a stronger jaw. Normally you rapidly lose bone density after losing teeth, because there are no tooth roots to stimulate your jaw and keep it healthy. Implants stimulate your jaw the same way that natural tooth roots do, so you won’t suffer from bone loss.
Implants also provide:
- Strong Bite – You’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods, even crunchy apples.
- Convenience – Caring for implants is easy; you just brush and floss like you always have. You also won’t need adhesive to keep your teeth in place.
- Confidence – Since implants are embedded in your jaw, your replacement teeth aren’t going anywhere. No more embarrassment caused by slipping dentures!
Are There Any Downsides to Getting Dental Implants?
There are very few downsides to implants, and we think the advantages of implants outweigh them. Depending on the type of implants Dr. Airey recommends, you may need to wait several months for them to fully heal before he attaches replacement teeth to them. In some cases, however, you may be able to wear temporary restorations with your implants while they heal.
Depending on the condition of your jaw and the type of implants Dr. Airey uses, you may also need a bone graft to strengthen your jaw.
Are Implants Expensive?
We hear this dental implants question a lot – and we get it. We’ll be honest; implants require a bigger investment than other replacement teeth. We think the benefits of better oral health are worth it! It’s also important to consider more than just the upfront cost of implants.
Specifically, wearing conventional dentures involves costs you won’t experience with dental implants. Remember the benefit of a stronger jaw? Since wearing conventional dentures causes your jaw to shrink, you’ll need to periodically have the fit adjusted. This involves a process called relining, which involves adding additional material to the lining of your dentures to ensure a snug fit. This should be done every other year or so and can cost several hundred dollars. Implants require no fit adjustments.
With implants you also won’t need adhesive, and you may not need cleaning solutions either. This means the lifetime costs for traditional dentures and dental implants can end up being more similar than you might expect.
We’ve also done our best to make dental implants as affordable as possible. We offer a dental implant bundle for $3,000. This includes a tooth extraction, bone grafts (if needed), a titanium implant, abutment (for attaching your new tooth), and your replacement tooth. Additional fees and exclusions may apply.
Will I Be Able to Get Dental Implants?
This is one of the most important dental implants questions! The only way to know for sure is a consultation with Dr. Airey. He’ll examine you with our 3D imaging unit to asess your readiness for an implants procedure. If your jaw lacks the strength to support dental implants, you may still have options. He can perform a bone graft, which will restore strength to your jaw. Or you may be a candidate for mini dental implants, which can be used in some situations where full-size implants aren’t an option.
We’re happy to answer all of your dental implants questions! Call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673.