At Sninski & Schmitt Family Dentistry we offer dental implants to our Holly Springs and Cary patients in need of a permanent solution for missing or damaged teeth. Though dental implants may not be right for every patient, they are a great option for patients who qualify.
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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants give patients with missing teeth or teeth damaged beyond repair a new smile. The implant process involves surgically positioning a titanium post that acts like a tooth’s root into the gum where a tooth is missing. Replacement teeth are then attached to the post, leaving the patient with a very natural-looking new tooth.
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Most patients that are healthy enough to undergo routine oral surgery can get dental implants. Good candidates will have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the post and implant. Dental implants may not be suitable for heavy smokers or people with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, but we evaluate patients that fall into these categories on an individual basis.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike dentures that can slip and move around, making it difficult to talk and eat, implants are securely attached to your jaw. Because of this, they are much more comfortable than other artificial teeth. Most patients report a rise in self-esteem after replacing their dentures or bridges because implants look natural and do not move around in the mouth.
Another benefit to implants is that they don’t disrupt surrounding teeth. Regular bridges must be attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, sometimes requiring those teeth to be filed down to accommodate the bridge. Implants do not require this, leaving your other teeth unaffected.
How To Care For Dental Implants
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to the success of dental implants and caring for them is much like caring for your natural teeth: brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and be diligent about seeing your dentist every six months. Patients that receive implants should stop smoking, as it can weaken your bone structure and cause the implant to fail.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
While most insurance plans do not cover any portion of dental implant surgery, some do cover a small portion of the costs. Contact your insurance company or consult your benefits pamphlet for more information on coverage.
If your plan covers dental implants, we will file the claim for you. The remainder of the balance not covered by insurance will be due at the time of treatment.
Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are vital to improving the overall health of your mouth so it is important to understand the entire process. The first step in the process is determining if an implant is required. If you have had a tooth fall out or have a tooth that is beginning to decay it is possible that an implant is required to improve the health of your mouth as well as improve the appearance of your smile. Your dentist will typically perform X-Rays to get a better look at the structure of your mouth as well as your jaw bone.
If your dentist believes that the structure of your teeth and jaw will benefit from an implant it is important to move on to the next part of the implant process. Dental implants will require a minor surgery in order to place a titanium rod into the jaw. A crown will be placed on the end of the rod in order to provide the patient with a strong implant. It is a multiple step process but our dentists have years of experience providing our patients with the best service possible.
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Dental Implants FAQ’s
Dental implants are typically considered to be an incredibly safe procedure with a high success rate. Modern technology is utilized to provide the patient with the safest and most comfortable procedure as possible. You can speak with your dental professional about the risks associated with dental implants and the procedure itself, but overall they have a very high success rate.
It can be difficult to give an exact description of the recovery from dental implants as each procedure has its differences. Your recovery will depend on the health and condition of your mouth before the procedure as well as how the procedure is performed. It is important to talk directly with your dental professional to get a more accurate estimate of your recovery timeline as they have a better understanding of your specific case. If your procedure is on the less severe side of the spectrum then you typically expect it take a few weeks to fully recover from your dental implant. If your procedure is more intrusive and required more work then it can take up to six month for you to fully recover from the procedure. Again, it is important to speak directly with your dental professional in order to have a better understanding of the recovery process and recovery timeline.
Dental implants procedures come in all shapes and sizes which means that some procedures will be more painful compared to other procedures. It is common for a patient to suffer from uncomfortableness and pain following dental implants but the extend of the pain may vary from patient to patient. Our dental professionals utilize the latest technology and systems to make the dental implant procedure as painless as possible for our patients.
Following a dental implant procedure it is incredibly important to keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria. This will help your mouth recover from the implant procedure as well as provide you with a better overall oral health. It is important to follow the instruction given by your dental professional. This involves following an at home teeth cleaning routine of teeth brushing, flossing, as well as using dental mouth wash. This will help keep your mouth clean and promote a healthy recovery.
Generally speaking dental implants are considered to be a safe procedure that comes with many benefits. But all surgeries come with the potential for risks. The possibility for infection will always be present whenever a surgery takes place, but dental implant procedures have an incredibly high success rate that continues to improve with the addition of newer technology. Your dental professional will be willing to discuss the procedure as well as the risks involved with dental implants but they should leave you assured that you are in good hands.
There is a possibility that your dental history or dental structure won’t allow you to be a candidate for dental implants which means that the main alternative are partial or full dentures. Typically, dentists can make dental implants work for most patients but if it isn’t a safe option then dentures can be a great solution. Our trained dental professionals have years of experience that will help them evaluate if dental implants would be a good option for you as well as perform the procedure in an efficient and comfortable manner.
Schedule An Appointment For Dental Implants
We offer dental implants at both of our dentist office locations. Please fill out the form below or call one of our locations by clicking on the buttons below.
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