We want you to feel as comfortable as possible about your procedure. See answers to our most frequently asked questions below!
A dental implant by itself is not a tooth! A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Essentially, it is a small titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or full denture can be attached. Once the implant integrates to your bone (a process called osseointegration), a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then the artificial tooth/teeth are attached. Therefore, there are 3 parts to an “implant tooth”: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the final restoration.
Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are great candidates for dental implants. Curious about what’s right for you? Talk to our team.
Most Humans are “blessed” with 2 sets of teeth (baby/primary teeth and adult/permanent teeth). But, instead of suffering the loss of a single permanent tooth or multiple teeth due to dental decay or gum disease, dental implants can now replace them, acting as a 3rd set of fixed teeth! Dental implants can last a lifetime, improving your appearance, your confidence, and your ability to eat the foods you like, all while participate in an active lifestyle without worrying about your teeth! And, because dental implants are made of titanium they’ll can never suffer from dental decay.
Like any minor oral surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, inflammation, and discomfort. However, our highly-trained My PermaBridge team will discuss the best ways these risks can be managed for your specific situation. If there is no available bone to place the implant, then bone and gum grafting procedures may be required, which can increase the cost of your treatment. However, the upfront investment can pay off in the long term and will be discussed prior to starting treatment.
Often times, bone will resorb if the teeth have been missing for many years. However, when it comes to My PermaBridge, many patients are still viable candidates, even if they’ve been told they, “can’t have implants.” Through our unique processes and careful study of a cone beam CT scan, the best bone can be identified and utilized for these procedures, often without the need for additional bone grafting. In the case a graft is needed our oral surgery team is extremely experienced and has all the necessary resources to provide the scaffolding essential to a long-lasting restoration.
In general, the cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is almost the same as replacing it with a traditional fixed bridge. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but situations vary. The cost will vary by patient needs, bone quantity, and region. We will make an assessment based on your unique needs.
It varies from individual to individual due to a variety of health and habits. For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful with reported success rates above 95 percent.
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay; however, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. Conscientious home care by the patient, and regular professional cleanings and check-ups, are essential elements for dental implant sustainability. Each patient is different, and success relies upon diagnosis and planning, medical history, and a variety of other factors.
One of the many advantages of My PermaBridge is that it is easily serviceable. In the event that an individual tooth is fractured on the restoration, the tooth or Crown can easily be replaced using a digital file that is preserved indefinitely. With other restorations, such a full Zirconia restoration, if they fracture, the entire structure has to be replaced. Of course, the wear and tear of the materials is dependent on the individual’s habits. Just like the name implies, My PermaBridge is considered a permanent dental solution.
More important than age, is a patient’s ability to heal—which is not age dependent. A patient’s individual health risks, such has smoking, will be carefully assessed and discussed with the patient and their physicians if necessary. My PermaBridge is a life enhancing procedure regardless of age.
The short answer is, yes. While dental implants cannot get cavities, patients can still build-up plaque and tarter on their teeth. It is important to clean these new restorations as if they were your natural teeth, on a cadence of every 4-6 months. It is not always necessary to remove the restoration during the cleaning, but that is up to the individual dentist’s assessment.