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Dental Implants – Green Hills

New Teeth That Stay Secure

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After you lose a tooth, it’s only a matter of time before your jawbone starts to deteriorate due to the lack of stimulation from chewing. You can use traditional restorations like removeable dentures and dental bridges to eat and speak normally, but they won’t do anything to prevent bone loss. At Green Hills Dental Center, we can keep your smile healthy and strong by using dental implants. To find out if this restorative treatment option is right for you, schedule a consultation with us today.


Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Secure in Your Mouth: Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, so the prosthetics they support won’t slip.
  • Retain a Youthful Look: Bone loss in the jaw can create wrinkles around your lips and on your face. Implants will help you maintain a younger-looking facial structure.
  • Long-Lasting: When taken care of, dental implants can last for over three decades.
  • Eat Anything: Implants have chewing power nearly equal to natural teeth, so you won’t have to worry about diet restrictions as you would with traditional dentures.

Indications for Dental Implants

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“Lost teeth” can mean anything from a single gap in your smile to an entire arch missing. As long as there’s adequate bone structure available and the rest of your mouth is healthy, dental implants can support various restorations to replace any number of teeth.

 

 

Missing Single Tooth

One implant is enough to replace a single missing tooth. After surgery, you may have to wait a few months for the implant and the jawbone to join together in a process called osseointegration. Once that’s done, an abutment can be placed, and finally the crown that will serve as the replacement tooth will be attached.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing two or three teeth in a row, you might be able to replace them with a bridge retained by two implants. Normally dental bridges are supported by natural teeth. This requires the removal of enamel, which can weaken the teeth and increase the risk of decay. With implants, you won’t have to worry about these issues.

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Missing All Teeth

Four to eight implants can be used to support a full denture. This allows you to avoid many of the disadvantages associated with traditional dentures (slipping, become ill-fitting due to bone loss, and so on). Implant-retained dentures can be removeable, but they can sometimes be permanently attached, meaning you’ll never have to worry about losing or dropping them.

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Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment

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Getting dental implants is a multi-staged process, and it’s important that every step be performed with maximum expertise and care. At Green Hills Dental Center, we’ll refer you to an expert with a high rate of success to place your dental implant in your jaw. Once that’s done, you’ll return to our practice so that we can provide a natural-looking restoration. We’ll make sure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish.


Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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There are many factors to consider when calculating the total cost of a dental implant procedure: the surgery itself, the number of implants and abutments required, the type of restoration used and so on. We can form an accurate estimate for you during your consultation. Remember, dental implants will last for decades and help you maintain good oral health; you can consider them a long-term investment in a great smile!

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How Dental Implants Work

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When people first learn about dental implants, they are often confused just by how the process works. Dental implants may sound complicated if you’re learning about them for the first time, but the treatment is actually quite straightforward. Each dental implant is designed to replace the root structure of your tooth, which is incredibly important for ensuring a long-lasting bone. Once your restoration is placed on top, you’ll have a much better, long-term solution for your tooth loss than either dentures or dental bridges can provide. Keep reading to learn more about the process in more detail!

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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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Based on the results of your initial consultation, you may not be a candidate for dental implants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one with additional dental implant procedures. Often, patients don’t have enough bone density to support implant posts. If bone loss is preventing you from getting dental implants, we can create the foundation they need to thrive. No matter if you need bone grafting or a sinus lift, we can help you replace your missing teeth with dental implants.

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Dental Implant Aftercare

With the right aftercare, dental implants can last for decades to come. Although the implants themselves are not susceptible to tooth decay, your gums and remaining teeth are still vulnerable to infections. As a result, it’s imperative that you brush and floss your implants daily. It’s also important that you see us at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. By being proactive about your oral care habits, you can ensure your new smile stands the test of time.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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Are you thinking about getting dental implants in Green Hills but aren’t sure whether the procedure is right for you? It’s always important to know exactly what to expect from any given dental procedure, which is why we encourage you to ask questions if there’s something you don’t understand or if you have any concerns. Below are the answers to just some of the questions patients often ask when getting dental implants.


Is It Safe for Me to Get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are not new to dentistry; they’ve been used to replace teeth for over half a century now. As such, there is plenty of data showing them to be safe and reliable, and the results of the procedure are very predictable.

Of course, there can still be complications. We’ll need to examine your mouth thoroughly to see if there are any health issues that need to be addressed first, such as insufficient jawbone or unhealthy gums. Your odds of success will also be much higher if your implants are being placed by someone who is skilled in performing the procedure – hence why we work with experts in the area.

Can Children Get Dental Implants?

If your child is missing one of their permanent teeth for whatever reason, you’ll want them to have the highest quality replacement available. However, we might want to wait until they reach a certain age (usually 16 for girls and 18 for boys) before giving them dental implants. This is because the procedure usually requires a fully developed jaw. Of course, everyone is different, and sometimes a younger patient might still be able to get dental implants; we’ll need to take X-rays of your child’s mouth to decide whether or not it’s an option. In some cases, you might need to consider partial dentures or another alternative.

Will My Insurance Help Pay for Dental Implants?

Some companies are willing to help pay for implant surgery, but others consider it a cosmetic procedure and thus don’t offer any benefits. You need to check with your insurance carrier to confirm exactly what your plan offers. Keep in mind that even if the implant placement isn’t covered, your plan might still pay for related procedures, such as any necessary tooth extractions or periodontal therapy. We’ll be happy to file a claim on your behalf so that you receive the benefits you’re entitled to. We’re in-network with many different plans, but we’re also willing to accept out-of-network policies.

Will I Need a Bone Graft?

Bone grafts are often necessary before dental implant placement because tooth loss can directly lead to bone loss in your jaw. Of course, that’s not always the case. If your jaw still has plenty of bone (which could very well be the case if you want to have implants placed right after the teeth they’re replacing are extracted), chances are the procedure can be performed immediately without the need for additional surgeries. We’ll help you plan your treatment depending on your unique needs.