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Dental Implants – Louisville, KY

Beautiful Replacement Teeth That Last

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Tooth loss can be devasting not just for your oral health, but also for your self-confidence and overall quality of life. Dentures and dental bridges have been solid solutions for many generations, but patients often become frustrated by how little they feel like their original pearly whites. Here at Remmers Dental Group, Dr. Steve Remmers can’t reverse time to give you back your natural smile, but he can give you the next best thing – dental implants. Compared to traditional prosthetics, dental implants in Louisville, KY feel much more natural, last much longer, and stay in place without the need for adhesives. We can even perform the entire treatment process under one roof for added convenience. If you’re interested in beautiful replacement teeth that last, call us today to schedule your dental implant consultation!

Why Choose Remmers Dental Group for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are titanium posts that we surgically embed within your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Then, we attach a tailor-made dental crown, bridge, or denture to the top of the implant, depending on the number of teeth you need to replace. Titanium has a biocompatible nature, which means that after being placed, the implant posts encourage your jawbone to grow around it. As a result, the implants essentially become part of your body and fulfill all of the functions as tooth roots, such as restoring your chewing power. This bond also gives dental implants the power to last for several decades, possibly even for the rest of a patient’s life.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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The details of dental implant treatment can vary slightly, but most patients go through four basic steps:

Benefits of Dental Implants

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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:

Replace the Root and Crown

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Dental implants are the only solution to replace both the root and a crown of a tooth. With the implant post in place, it acts as a new tooth root, stimulating the jawbone to preserve its density. The new bone growth allows the post to fuse to your jawbone, creating a secure and stable foundation for your replacement tooth.

High Success Rate

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Dental implants have become the most predictable and reliable option to treat tooth loss due to the materials used and the treatment process. Now, they provide over a 95% 10-year success rate.

Natural Function

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With an implant post anchoring your tooth in place, it closely looks and feels natural. In fact, you will enjoy an increased biting force of over 70% when compared to traditional options like a denture.

Enhanced Aesthetics

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The use of all-ceramic materials allows your replacement tooth to meet your exact specifications to blend in seamlessly with your remaining natural teeth.

Improved Oral Health

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Dental implants are stand-alone, meaning they do not require adjacent teeth to anchor them in place. As a result, you will not have to worry about them causing damage to a tooth. Instead, they will improve your oral health by providing your remaining teeth with the support they need to stay firmly in place.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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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:

Missing One Tooth

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When replacing a single missing tooth, we can insert one implant post and install a custom dental crown on top. This preserves the health and structure of your natural teeth, which would typically need to be altered to accommodate a traditional dental bridge. 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.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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If the patient needs multiple teeth in a row replenished, an implant 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.

Missing All Teeth

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Many patients enjoy the convenience and affordability of traditional dentures, but others find them unreliable and uncomfortable. Thankfully, an implant denture can give patients a strong smile that looks and feels completely natural. Implant 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.

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Missing All Teeth with Low Jawbone Density

All-on-4 dental implants

If a patient needs an implant denture but doesn’t have sufficient healthy jawbone structure, then they may qualify for All-on-4 implants. With this method, we can position just four dental implants at specific angles in order to support a full denture. Additionally, All-on-4 patients can often receive their prosthetic on the same day that their implants are placed.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Depending on your unique oral health needs, dental implant cost in Louisville can vary greatly. After examining your mouth and determining that dental implants are right for you, our dentists will walk you through a personalized treatment plan that will help you achieve your smile goals. We’ll discuss factors such as how many implants you need, what type of restoration would best benefit your smile, and how long each step in the process will take. To learn more about the details of filling the gaps in your grin with implants, call us today to schedule a consultation!

Types of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are versatile enough to solve any degree of tooth loss. The primary factor in the cost of your tooth replacement will be the number of implants you need to rebuild your smile. Here are some of the types of dental implants you may hear during your consultation:

  • Single implant. If you’re only missing one tooth, we can place a single implant post and top it with an incredibly lifelike crown made of dental porcelain.
  • Implant bridge. For several consecutive missing teeth, we can install an implant at either end of the gap in your grin, with a dental bridge filling the space in between.
  • Implant denture. For patients missing all their teeth on one or both arches, we can place four to eight implants to hold a full denture, restoring your ability to smile and chew with confidence.

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

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At your consultation, we’ll walk you through the various stages of your implant journey. Because the process takes several appointments, you’ll be able to break up the total payment into manageable chunks. A basic outline of your treatment might look like this:

  • Undergo any needed preparatory treatments such as bone grafting or gum disease therapy
  • Have your implants surgically placed beneath your gumline
  • Wait for your gums to heal and your implants to fuse with your jawbone
  • Receive the abutments (tiny metal connectors) on top of your implants
  • Get your final restorations placed

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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Absolutely! While there are several options available to replace your missing teeth, none of them offer the strength, stability, and longevity of dental implants. Traditional dentures and bridges must be replaced every five to 10 years, while implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Although implants might come with a higher initial price tag, rest assured that you’re saving money in the long run. 

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Even though the majority of dental insurance plans don’t cover the cost of the implants themselves, they may pay for other portions of your treatment, such as your consultation, preliminary procedures, or your restoration. This is why it’s always worth your while to check your individual policy to see what coverage they offer. If you need help contacting your insurance company, our friendly and helpful team would be more than happy to help!

Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

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Before you get started with a treatment plan as advanced as dental implants, you’re sure to have questions. At Remmers Dental of Louisville, we want our patients to feel completely confident before they begin their treatment plans. On this page, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about dental implants, but this is just a start. To get all of the information you need before beginning a tooth replacement plan, you should contact Remmers Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment in our state-of-the-art Louisville dental office.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small posts that can be inserted below the gumline to replace the roots of missing teeth. Once in place, one or more replacement teeth can be affixed to the implant post to recreate the lost teeth from the roots up.

What Are Dental Implants Made From?

We offer dental implants made from a number of materials, including titanium, gold, other precious metals, ceramics, and polymers. We most often provide implant posts crafted from titanium and zirconia. These two restoration options have been tested and proven successful.

How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?

The number of dental implant posts you’ll need depends largely on the number and placement of missing teeth. We usually recommend the following:

  • One implant – to support a single dental crown, replacing one tooth.
  • Two implants – to support a fixed bridge restoration, replacing two or more consecutive teeth.
  • Three to six implants – to support an advanced dental restoration like partial and full dentures, replacing any number of missing teeth.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

Dental implants are surgically placed. We make a small incision in the gums. Then, insert the implant post. Once in place, a protective cap is attached to the implant post. Over the course of three to six months, your implant fuses with the supportive tissue. Once the implant has fused with the gums and bone tissue, you’ll return, so we can attach the abutments to the implant posts and design your replacement tooth or teeth. When your custom crown, bridge, or denture are completed, you’ll return to our dental office, so we can anchor your restoration firmly to the implant posts, recreating a healthy, functional smile.

Do I Need to Replace My Dental Implants?

Most patients are able to keep the same dental implants for two decades or longer. In fact, with proper care, patients can keep their dental implants for the rest of their lives. This is compared to replacement every five to seven years as necessary with traditional tooth replacement options.

How Do I Take Care of Dental Implants?

Once in place, you can brush your replacement tooth or teeth just like your natural smile. You may want to use a softer toothbrush or minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear. If you have a bridge or denture, it may be beneficial to use a specialized flossing tool like an air or water flosser to remove plaque and food buildup between your restoration and the gum line. For some patients, we may recommend using an antimicrobial mouth rinse to limit the amounts of plaque-producing oral bacteria and keep your smile healthy. During your six-month dental exams and teeth cleanings, our team will help you by demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques, making product recommendations, and helping you to keep your smile healthy for life.

Dental Implants Post-Op Instructions

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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 over-the-counter 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 completely abstain from tobacco use during this time.

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