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Patient education is a very important part of the services offered at Springbrook Family Dentistry. Our team will always go out of their way to explain the need for any procedure and how it will benefit your oral health. But you still may have questions, and we encourage you to share with us anything that is a concern to you. We believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!
We've shared a few questions that we hear most frequently from our patients, but you may not see the exact information you're looking for here. If that's the case, please don't hesitate to contact our office. A knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need.
Implant Placement & Restoration
A lot of people don’t know much about dental implants and therefore have no idea if they are an option for them. Unfortunately, this question is not a straight forward yes or no question. Most healthy people who would like to replace their missing tooth ARE good candidates for implants, however, anyone interested must be assessed on an individualized basis. That being said, the following should give you an idea on what to expect!
An important factor that will need to be taken into consideration is the amount of bone you have where the implant needs to be placed. The longer your tooth has been missing the less bone you will have. Even if your tooth has been missing for years and years this does NOT mean you are not a candidate. However, it may mean bone grafting will need to be done first to build your bone back and make a strong foundation for your implant.
In order to determine how much bone you have our practice uses the latest in technology called a CBCT scan (cone-beam computed tomography.) This scan gives us a 3D picture of your jaw which allows us to see if there are any bony defects that need to be corrected along with being able to digitally plan your implant so we know exactly what to expect for an outcome!
Problems That Prevent You From Dental Implants
There are two major factors that can lead to problems with dental implants and they are smoking and uncontrolled diabetes. Both of these issues lead to a much higher implant failure rate than normal. If you are a smoker we do not recommend having dental implants placed until you have quit for at least a few months. If you are diabetic you can absolutely still have dental implants, but it is very important to make sure your blood sugar is well controlled with your diet and medications first.
Hopefully, this helps you determine if you have any risk factors that must be addressed prior to moving forward with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about your individualized options please call our office today!
The placement of a dental implant is a surgery, and therefore it is normal to expect some discomfort following the procedure. However, most patients are pleasantly surprised to find that the discomfort is usually mild and they feel better than expected following the procedure.
After The Dental Implant Procedure
Most patients are even able to return to their everyday activities the following day. Whenever we place a dental implant, we will be sure to give you thorough instructions to minimize your discomfort and make sure the implant is kept clean and healthy to give you an excellent end result. Call our office to learn more about this procedure.
The implant process can be long, but it is worth it in the end as it is the best treatment available for missing teeth. A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth. The implant process may take anywhere from 3-9 months on average. It is important the process is not rushed because moving too fast can lead to implant failure. Our goal at Springbrook Family Dentistry is to give your implant the very best chance of success.
The Bone Graft
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed prior to the implant placement, this may lengthen the process. Most of the time, when a tooth is removed a bone graft will be placed in the tooth socket to prevent the bone from shrinking. This is important because a graft you will lose bone, which may lead to inadequate bone for future implant placement. This graft needs to be given 3-4 months to fully integrate with your body. If the missing tooth is located in a place visible when you smile, we will make you a temporary tooth to be worn while your implant heals.
Once the graft has healed, or if your tooth has already been missing for a period of time, the actual implant (the screw portion) is surgically placed into the bone. Most patients do extremely well with the part of the treatment and post-operative discomfort is usually minimal. A cap is then put on the screw and the gums will be stitched to cover your implant while it heals. The implant is given 3 months to fully mesh with your bone.
Once the implant has fully healed, it is finally time to add the tooth! You will return to our office for an impression of your implant. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where they will make the abutment (the connecting piece) and the crown (the tooth portion) fit together and fit on a model of your implant. When you return to the office the abutment and crown will be fit and adjusted as necessary to give you a natural looking tooth.
Come in for a consult
While the implant process may be a lengthy one, almost all our patients find it was well worth it! There is no other procedure that gives such a similar look and feel to your natural tooth. Please call our office today if you are interested in finding out more about dental implants.
Our typical fee for a dental implant is about $3500. This includes the three parts of the implant: the implant itself (the screw), the abutment (this connects the implant to the crown), and the crown (the part that looks like a tooth.) While this may seem costly, the fee is actually split up overtime since an implant can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to complete which can make the cost much more manageable.
Other Costs Associated
Please keep in mind that there are often other things that there may be additional costs for the removal of a tooth and grafting of the site to improve the bone for implant placement. These are dependent on the site that needs the implant but a full treatment plan will always be reviewed with you prior to proceeding with treatment. Please call our office in Elma, NY to schedule a consultation to learn more about this procedure.
Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both ways to improve the esthetics of your teeth. There are a few main differences between the two.
Dental bonding is done directly in the mouth with a material called composite. Often we do not need to remove any tooth structure in order to add bonding, although it does depend on certain factors.
Porcelain veneers are made by a lab outside of the mouth and then cemented into place. Typically some light sanding down of the teeth is required to get a good result. Porcelain veneers are usually more aesthetic and lifelike than bonding and because of this are more expensive. Lastly, porcelain veneers typically have a longer lifetime than dental bonding which is more likely to stain in a shorter period of time.
The lifetime of Dental Bonding vs Veneers
Both may need to be replaced down the line but porcelain veneers usually need to be replaced every 10-15 years while bonding may need to be redone every 3-5 years.
To schedule your consultation to find out which one is right for you, please call our office located in Elma, NY.
People are often surprised by the cost of implants so understanding why they cost what they do is important in understanding their value. The average cost for a dental implant is $4000, not including any additional grafting procedures that may be necessary to allow enough bone for the implant. At our office the price is approximately $3400 as we try to keep our fees below average to make this procedure affordable for our patients.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing a missing tooth, and are often considered the standard of care when it comes to such. Unfortunately, insurance companies are behind the times and many insurance carriers do not consider implants a covered service. Even when insurance companies DO cover implants, most patients have a yearly maximum of $1,000-$1,500 which means they max out their insurance before being able to finish the implant from start to finish. In order to work around this, our office will often recommend placing the implant (the screw) in one calendar year and the abutment and crown (the tooth) the following calendar year to maximize your insurance benefits and give you more coverage.
In addition to insurance coverage sometimes lacking, may seem costly because to properly place and restore them requires extensive time and training. Dr. Finney attended a one year training program following dental school that spent hundreds of hours on dental implant training and continues to take many hours of implant continuing education every year to keep her knowledge up to date on the best techniques and technologies. On top of additional training, extensive behind the scenes time is spent planning each implant case using x-rays, models, and 3-D technology to properly plan for your implant, as each case is unique. This time often includes collaboration with the dental lab to make sure you will receive an optimal result with your implant restoration.
Lastly, the titanium implants along with the equipment required for a doctor to place and restore implants are also very expensive which leads to a higher cost for the consumer. We want to ensure highly successful outcomes for our patients so we use high quality branded implants that have time-proven research to back their success.
Dental Implants in Elma, NY
If you are interested in dental implants and would like to get more information about what to expect for replacing your missing tooth give us a call for an individualized consultation!
This is very dependent upon your specific dental plan. If you are interested in replacing a tooth with a dental implant we are always happy to submit your information and necessary treatment to your insurance company for an estimate to find out your coverage. Some plans do cover them and some don’t but we will always advise you of what is best for YOU regardless.
Losing a tooth isn’t just a problem that affects the appearance of your smile. When a tooth is lost, a whole series of events begins to occur. Chewing becomes difficult on the affected side, which puts additional pressure on other teeth. Over time, surrounding teeth can actually tilt and move into the open space.
Fortunately, today we have many options for replacing a missing tooth. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, we may recommend a dental implant, a bridge, or a partial denture.
- Dental implants are a more permanent tooth replacement and are quickly gaining popularity among dentists and patients alike
- A fixed bridge is usually secured to neighboring teeth with crowns, and an artificial tooth (pontic) is used to fill the space
- Dentures have been an effective tooth replacement option for decades. Today we can create beautiful full or partial dentures that look and feel as much like natural teeth as possible
Of course, everyone has different needs, and all of these options have their benefits and drawbacks depending on your situation. If you would like more information, please call our Elma dental office and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation to go over the specifics of your case.