At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center, we want our patients to look and feel as amazing as their smiles. In Gainesville, FL we believe in providing our patients with the best service, and that includes keeping them educated about procedures they are interested in. If dental implants may be in your future, we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions that we’ve received from dental implants patients and have answered them here for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the top tooth replacement options available, increasing in popularity thanks to their many oral health and aesthetic benefits. Dental implants are comprised of three main pieces – the titanium screw, abutment, and prosthetic tooth. The titanium screw is the piece embedded into the jawbone and is what anchors the prosthetic tooth as well. The abutment caps the screw, protruding above the gumline, and this is where the prosthetic tooth is placed.
While there are three pieces, they are each applied in three different surgeries with time in between for healing. This is to ensure that the process of osseointegration takes place, the reason why dental implants are so successful. Osseointegration is the fusion of the implant to the bone – when the initial implant is embedded into the jawbone, it triggers the bone to regenerate and weave fibers around the implant. This forms a strong foundation for the implant, keeping it as stable and strong as a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants hold many benefits for our patients in Gainesville, FL. Thanks to the process of osseointegration, dental implants have an added bonus of enabling injured bone to heal. When a tooth is lost, the wide gap left behind in the jaw can be quite traumatic for the bone. When there’s difficulty healing from it, the bone has the potential to collapse. With the dental implants, the bone is triggered to regenerate and accepts the implant as a viable substitute tooth.
In terms of appearance, dental implants through Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center have been praised for how natural they look and feel for our patients. Crafted from porcelain, these implants can be customized to your preference, including the color, size, and shape of the tooth. Our goal is to ensure that your implants blend in seamlessly with your smile.
How do they compare to dentures?
It’s not uncommon for us to meet patients who have felt dissatisfied with the performance of their dentures. That’s when we tell them about dental implants and the advantages they hold over dentures. Dentures are made from similar materials, but are administered in different ways. Dentures can be attached via wires or traditionally with an adhesive, but these methods do not leave the denture 100% secure in the mouth. There have been moments when the denture may slip off while eating or talking, leaving you in a very awkward situation.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures, embedded deep in the jawbone to fuse with the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Thanks to the strength of this process, it’s virtually impossible for a dental implant to fall out or break without an excessive amount of force. Also, with dental implants you can retain the same bite pressure as you had with a normal set of teeth, meaning no changes are needed to how you prepare your food. With dentures, some patients have needed to cut smaller portions or consume softer foods.
How long is the dental implant process?
The dental implant process will vary from patient to patient, depending on the number of implants the patient will receive and if any supplemental procedures are needed. On average our patients’ dental implants processes have lasted between four and six months. This is to ensure that there are periods of healing between the procedures, and that osseointegration takes place. Osseointegration is the fusion of the implant to the bone, in which regeneration is triggered and the bone weaves itself around the implant to form a tight bond.
During the consultation, Dr. Altschuler will discuss your treatment path with you, including an estimate on the length of time your treatment may take. If supplemental procedures such as a bone graft and gum graft are needed, these treatments will be factored into the overall timeline.
How much do dental implants cost?
At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center in Gainesville, FL, we understand if our patients are concerned for the procedure. Factually, dental implants do cost more than traditional dentures or dental bridges, but many patients have found that the cost-effectiveness and longevity of the implants more than make up for the cost of the treatment.
On average, the cost of dental implants can be anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000, but this number will fluctuate depending on the number of implants and if any supplemental procedures are needed. For those with a budget, we offer a number of financing options, accept most dental insurances, credit cards, and also work with CareCredit.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Generally the best candidates for dental implants are those who are in need of it. If you are missing one or more teeth, or are at risk to lose one or more teeth, dental implants with Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Dentistry may be for you. Patients must also be in generally good health and have sufficient jaw and gum support. If you are lacking in bone and gum support, you are not disqualified from candidacy, but may need supplemental procedures to prepare your oral health for the dental implant.
Examples of supplemental procedures are a bone graft or gum graft. Each procedure involves taking bone or tissue from another part of the patient’s body and surgically applying it the areas that are in need of support. Depending on the size or amount that needs to be grafted, these can be occasionally done at the same time as the first stages of the dental implant surgery.
More Questions About Dental Implants? Contact Us!
If you have more questions about dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact us at our Gainesville, FL office. At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center, we want our patients to feel comfortable and confident with their medical decisions, including keeping them informed. Contact us today to learn more about dental implants and also to schedule a consultation with Dr. Altschuler. During the consultation, Dr. Altschuler will examine your oral health, discuss various treatment options and help determine if dental implants are right for you.