Dental Implants – Louisville, KY

The Modern Way to Replace Teeth

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.

Why Choose Remmers Dental for Dental Implants?

  • In-House Placement and Restoration
  • High Professionalism and Attention to Detail
  • State of the Art Dental Technology

Dental Implants - The Basics

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.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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:

  • Replace the Root and Crown: 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: 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: 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 bridge and crowns.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: 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: 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.

Indications for Dental Implants

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

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.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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.

Missing All of Your Teeth

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.

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Dental Implant Post-Surgery Care

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.

Cost of Dental Implants

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:

  • Placement of the post
  • Number of posts needed
  • Number of abutments needed
  • Sedation and anesthesia
  • Additional procedures, like bone grafting or tooth extractions
  • Single, multiple, or complete tooth replacement
  • Dental coverage

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.

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Dental Implant FAQs

Before you get started with a treatment plan as advanced as dental implant tooth replacement, 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 implant tooth replacement, but this is just a start. To get all the information you need before beginning a tooth replacement plan, you should contact Remmers Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment at our state-of-the-art Louisville dental office.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small posts that can be inserted below the gum line 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 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 implant retained replacement teeth 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 Care for My Implant Supported Tooth Replacement?

Once in pace, 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.