Tooth loss can have a devastating effect on patients, damaging not only oral health, but their quality of life and sense of self-confidence as well. Traditional bridges and dentures have been a solid solution for many years, but patients often don’t enjoy the relative looseness and potentially unnatural feel. Here at Remmers Dental, Dr. Stephen Remmers can’t reverse time to give you back your natural smile, but he can give you the next best thing. Dental implants are a revolutionary reconstructive treatment option that restores teeth seamlessly, improving both health and your aesthetic appearance in a revitalizing fashion. If you’re interested in undergoing a consultation for implants, contact our Louisville, KY dental office today.
First, you’ll want to know more about the basics of dental implants. A dental implant is simply a titanium post that we surgically implant into your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. These titanium posts support a single tooth, bridge, or implant-supported denture allowing us to customize tooth replacement to fit your specific needs. Because they replace every part of the tooth, dental implants have several benefits for your appearance and oral health, including a healthier jawbone and a more pleasing facial shape.
Now, more than 500,000 people every year choose dental implants to replace their missing teeth because they offer a diversity of benefits that are not possible with any other dental prosthetic, including:
No matter what degree of tooth loss you might have, dental implants can be designed to fit your needs. Read on below to see which restorative option best suits your particular situation:
When restoring a single implant, our team recommends a custom dental crown. This preserves the health and structure of your natural teeth, which would typically need to be altered to accommodate a traditional bridge or denture. Your new, tooth-colored crown will be precisely designed and created so that it blends in beautifully alongside the rest of your smile. In fact, you may even forget it’s not natural after some time has passed.
If the patient needs multiple teeth in a row replenished, an implant-retained bridge could be the perfect solution. This prosthetic closely resembles a traditional bridge except for one important aspect – it’s designed to attach to a small number of implants placed within the jawbone, creating a much sturdier and confident fit overall.
Many patients enjoy the convenience and affordability of traditional dentures, but others find them unreliable and uncomfortable. Thankfully, an implant-retained denture can give patients a strong smile that looks and feels completely natural. Implant-retained dentures are designed to attach to a small number of strategically placed implants within the treated site, and both fixed and removable options are available, depending on the patient’s preference. By having implants placed, patients prevent jawbone deterioration and encourage new growth for a healthier smile.
For a regular denture wearer, an implant-retained denture can create amazing changes in their daily routine and overall self-esteem. The prosthetic is virtually seamless when compared to natural teeth, and patients will be amazed by how much of their biting strength has returned, allowing them to eat all their favorite foods again.
After having dental implants placed, a patient’s mouth and gums will need time to heal before their restoration(s) can be attached on top. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the health of a patient’s jawbone. For the first few days, they may experience a bit of soreness and swelling, but these symptoms can be easily manager with OTC pain medication. A patient should also avoid spitting, rinsing their mouth, and drinking from a straw for the first 24 hours. A soft food diet is advised for the first few days as well, and patients should complete abstain from tobacco use during this time.
Dental implants do cost more than traditional options; however, they offer the potential to last for a lifetime. As a result, they are more cost-effective long-term because you will not need to have them adjusted or replaced over the years.
When determining how much you can expect to pay for your new smile, there is no set price tag. Instead, the amount is based on your individual treatment plan. There are various factors that will influence the cost of your procedure, such as:
During your consultation, we will explain your treatment plan and provide you with an estimate for your new smile. We will take the time to discuss each phase of the procedure and the costs as well as payment options that are available.