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Why Get Dental Implants
Permanent teeth add comfort, security, confidence, and vitality to your quality of life. Besides the psychological benefits of having natural looking beautiful teeth, a fixed smile eliminates lifelong visits for the relining of removable dentures as the gum and bone tissue perpetually recedes.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Over forty years of worldwide research has shown that dental implants are safe and that titanium is biologically compatible with the human body. Many of the earliest dental implant patients continue to enjoy healthy, stable smiles.
How Do Dental Implants Stay In Place?
Osseointegration is what makes dental implants stay in place. When a titanium dental implant is surgically placed, it fuses to the jaw bone over a period of 3 to 5 months. Osseointegration is the name for this biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most implant procedures can be performed using local anesthesia. Local or general anesthesia helps to ensure that your procedure is pain-free. -----Pi Dental Center offers general anesthesia through the services of an experienced, board certified anesthesia team.
What Are All On 4 Dental Implants?
Dental implant procedures using the All-On-4® treatment concept is a cost-effective option that provides stability and outstanding esthetic results. A non-removable prosthesis is supported by four dental implants positioned for maximum stability. Implants can be placed using Teeth In A Day® and computer guided implant protocols. The success rate for prostheses built on four implants in each arch is the same as the success rate for cases requiring more anchorage. All-On-4® allows a patient to choose from a wide variety of approaches to the fabrication of their new smile. The final prosthesis can be made in various grades of laboratory materials from acrylic to porcelain.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini-implants have been touted as an inexpensive option for tooth replacement. Unfortunately, research has shown that mini-implants do not provide sufficient support for the strong forces of biting and chewing that a dental prosthesis must withstand. The purpose of the dental implant is to take the place of a natural tooth root, the stronger the implant, the more stable and enduring the restoration built upon it will be. Mini-implants cannot do this. Read more about mini implants.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Costs vary depending on the number of implants, the type of prosthesis, bone grafting, anesthesia and whether extractions and other procedures will be performed. The best way to determine cost is to schedule an initial evaluation in our center.
When considering dental implant treatment, it is important to consider value. While dental implants are more costly than other options like removable dentures, the long-term value makes them a great financial investment.
Prosthetic teeth do not decay. Removable dentures require frequent relines and can move.
Damaged teeth are usually painful and removable dentures can be quite uncomfortable. Perfectly fitting dental implant teeth are comfortable and functional
Dental implants contribute to your overall health. A key part of dental implant treatment is removal of diseased teeth. You can eat what you want and your nutrition improves.
At the Pi Dental Center, we rely on evidence-based science and we use only the highest quality materials with proven track records. Our fees are competitive.
Where Is The Cheapest Place To Get Dental Implants?
As with most purchases, you get what you pay for. Many implant advertisements promote a “cheap low-cost deal.” In some cases, these companies show the cost for one part of service and the total fee is much higher than advertised. In other cases, low quality components are used. Dental implant treatment is very specialized and complex. Don’t scrimp on your health!
Are Dental Implants Covered By Health Insurance?
Typically, medical carriers do not provide coverage however dental insurance might. Since no two dental plans are the same, it is best to submit a predetermination prior to scheduling a procedure. Many plans cover part of the implant treatment such as extractions and radiographs and some may reimburse part of the prosthetic fee. It is also important to know what your maximum limit is per calendar year. For most patients, the limit is $1,500.00.
Pictures of Dental Implants
There are many photos of dental implant patients on our Pi Dental Center website. Click here to view.
How long do dental implants last?
With regular maintenance and care and good general health, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The long-term success of implants depends on how well they are maintained. Shortly after implant treatment is completed, an oral hygiene cleaning and home care instruction is scheduled.
Home care instruction is a home care regimen that is specifically designed to meet your unique requirements. It includes training in correct brushing techniques. Dental implants require just as much care as natural teeth. A consistent schedule of brushing and flossing helps to ensure that your implants and gums stay healthy.
Regular dental office visits ensure that your implants and mouth remain in top condition. It is recommended that patients visit their dentist for professional cleanings every 3 to 6 months.
Like natural teeth, periodontal disease can affect the tissues around dental implants. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause bone loss and lead to the loss of dental implants.
If you are missing teeth, consider dental implant treatment. Dental implants improve your health, confidence and self-esteem. If you would like to schedule an evaluation or have additional questions about dental implants please contact us.