Implant Dentistry and the Loss of Multiple Teeth
Multiple tooth loss brings on a set of concerns that go beyond the loss of a single tooth. The questions Dr. Shukovsky will ask include: are the missing teeth, or soon-to-be missing teeth, adjacent to one another? How many teeth are involved and where are they located?
Remember, the goal is to attain the most natural-looking, functional restoration. In a complex system such as the mouth, the proper placement of multiple implants is essential. This is why Dr. Shukovsky utilizes the expertise of the oral surgeon and periodontist for placement of the implant before he administers restorations. This collaboration is a “meeting of the minds” in order to get the best result for the patient.
Implant Dentistry and the Overdenture
There are times that patients have lost or will lose so many teeth that they require the fabrication of a full denture. Very often, however, dentures are loose and unstable, especially in the lower jaw. Implants can be placed strategically under the new or existing denture for that stabilization. These are called overdentures, or implant dentures.
Sometimes it only takes two or four dental implants to give great retention and stabilization to the denture. This results in a much greater ability for the patient to chew and swallow their food, the most important function of the teeth. If this ability is compromised, weight loss, poor health, and depression can occur.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to be durable and long-lasting. If proper oral hygiene is maintained through daily brushing and flossing (as well as regular dental check-ups), your dental implant(s) may never need to be replaced. Damage to the attached dental crown is rare, but if you experience chips, cracks, or other wear and tear, we can repair it or replace it with a new custom crown.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dr. Shukovsky and the team of professionals with whom he collaborates prioritize the safety of treatment above all other considerations. When dental implant procedures are performed by individuals who are skilled, experienced, and highly-qualified in the field of implant dentistry, the potential for dental implant problems and complications can be significantly reduced. With this in mind, it is important to remember that oral surgery is a necessary component of dental implant procedures, and all types of surgery carry a certain degree of risk. In addition to the experience, talents, and care embodied by our dental team, our use of advanced treatment planning technology helps us minimize the risk of implant failure or other possible complications. We will explain all aspects of the dental implant procedure, including the benefits and risks associated with this treatment, beforehand so you have a full understanding prior to treatment.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
The dental implant treatment process should not involve excessive discomfort. In fact, it may come as a surprise to learn that a local anesthetic is typically all that is required to minimize pain—even during the oral surgery part of the treatment! That said, some patients who suffer from dental anxiety understandably want to make extra sure that they will feel comfortable during the dental implant procedure, so we offer sedation dentistry techniques that can provide significant relaxation.
Are There Alternatives to Dental Implants?
Some patients may not be the best candidates for dental implants, while others may desire a different solution for missing teeth replacement. Fortunately, there are other restorative treatment options, such as implant dentures, traditional dentures, or dental bridges, that may be ideal alternative solutions. Implant dentures can be an option for patients who need replacement for an entire row of teeth. These treatments utilize just a few dental implants that are placed in areas of the mouth that prove to have adequate jawbone density. A custom denture is then fitted to the implants, which can ultimately produce a stable denture and results that function and look very much like natural teeth. We also offer more traditional types of dentures that can serve as a good alternative to implants. Conventional dentures are customized to each patient’s needs to provide an excellent fit and effective teeth replacement. For some individuals, a dental bridge may be the best treatment. Dental bridges can be ideal for patients with a large gap created between two natural teeth after the loss of one or more teeth in-between. A bridge utilizes a combination of artificial teeth and dental crowns to securely fill that gap with results that look like natural teeth.
Dr. Shukovsky will be happy to answer any questions you may have about possible alternatives to dental implants during your initial consultation.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Most patients spend approximately $1,500 to $4,000 per dental implant. That being said, the overall cost of dental implants depends on your individual treatment plan—factors such as the amount of dental implants being placed, the complexity of your case, and whether or not preliminary treatments are needed can ultimately determine the price. Additional considerations that may affect your final cost include:
- The type of materials used
- Your insurance coverage
- Implant placement location
- The dentist’s level of experience
Ultimately, dental implants are an investment in your oral health, and cost should not stand in the way. To help minimize any concerns related to the price of this treatment, we provide patients with financing options through reputable companies such as Care Credit® and LendingClub®. If desired, our knowledgeable staff can help you apply for a monthly payment plan with little or no interest.