For patients with missing teeth, dental implants are widely agreed to be a superior replacement solution. Combining a natural appearance with extreme durability for long-lasting results, only implants can enhance your smile while protecting your oral health. Explore our guide to learn more about this treatment.
A dental implant is made up of three parts — a titanium implant fixture that’s placed in your jaw, a small connecting piece called an abutment, and your choice of restoration to complete the implant. Because of this unique structure, this permanent procedure offers unrivaled stability and function.
The implant process begins with a consultation where Dr. Grubb will examine your oral health. Next, you’ll return to our office so we can place your implant. You’ll have to allow a recovery period of three to six months, so your implant fixture can properly align with your jawbone. Once this is finished, we can top the implant with your choice of restoration, leaving you with a healthy and beautiful new smile.
The key to dental implants is a process known as osseointegration, in which your implant fixture fuses with your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. In order for osseointegration to succeed, you must have sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums. If you don’t, then supplemental treatments can usually prepare you for implant placement.
If cared for properly, it’s possible your dental implants will never need to be replaced. Typically, the implant will last for 10-15 years or more. The best strategy for achieving longevity is maintaining excellent oral hygiene and scheduling regular checkups with our Havre de Grace office.
The process for caring for dental implants after your procedure is very simple: just brush and floss your teeth twice a day! Diligence is key to keeping your implants and the area around them healthy. If you follow a good oral hygiene routine, your implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are a safe, durable option for anyone missing teeth. The only qualifying factor is that a patient must have eligible jawbone density. Bone density is a measured requirement because oftentimes missing teeth lead to jawbone deterioration, making it difficult to support the placement of implants. Dr. Grubb will determine if there are any preparatory procedures needed to ensure the safety of your dental implant procedure.
Since the oral health of each patient is unique, the cost of a dental implant procedure can vary. Dr. Grubb will provide a cost estimate for your individual dental implants after first assessing your unique circumstances and determining which implant option will be best for your health going forward.
Most often, your insurance provider will either partially or fully cover dental implant treatment. However, the coverage can vary greatly, so we recommend checking with your provider about their specific coverage options for dental implants.
Complications from dental implant procedures are extremely rare. However, if you’re facing anything out of the ordinary with your recovery, call our Havre de Grace office immediately at (410) 939-5800.
If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants, contact our practice in Havre de Grace and schedule a consultation with Dr. Grubb. He’ll listen to your smile goals and determine if dental implants are the best treatment solution for your smile.