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If you have one or more teeth missing—whether it’s due to trauma, decay, gum disease or any other factor—you can get dental implants to help restore your self-confidence, your self-esteem, and your smile. Our practice offers some of the best dental implants in Wayzata, so if you’re interested, call us today and let’s get started.
What’s Meant by a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is used to replace one or more missing teeth or to anchor a bridge. A small titanium screw, called an endosteal implant, is surgically implanted into your jawbone and eventually becomes part of the bone through a process known as osseointegration. If you lack sufficient jawbone to accommodate the endosteal implant, then a subperiosteal implant will be placed between the gum and jawbone. If you can’t undergo a bone graft, the subperiosteal implant is a necessity.
Is a Dental Implant Expensive?
Your dental implants cost will depend on several factors that are unique to you. The type of implant needed and any additional procedure, such as a bone graft, the materials used, and your insurance coverage, will influence your final dental implants cost. During your initial consultation, our dentist will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the fees you’ll incur. We don’t want our patients to forgo the dentistry they need, so ask about our payment options for affordable dental implants.
Since your teeth are such a vital part of your overall good health, getting implants is a good investment in your long-term health. Although other types of dental appliances are available, implants offer many benefits: durability, strength, natural appearance, and an excellent record of success. Most of our patients find that the advantages far outweigh the dental implants cost.
Is a Dental Implant Covered by Most Dental Insurance Plans?
Typically, a dental insurance plan doesn’t cover the cost of implants, although there are dental implant insurance plans available. Even if your plan doesn’t cover the cost of dental implants and you can’t find a dental implant insurance provider, we offer flexible financing options that will help you get the treatment you need. Call us today for more information about getting dental implants in Wayzata.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Dental Implant?
Although the process of getting dental implants varies according to the individual, these are the steps involved in a typical dental implants procedure:
- On your first visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and jaw and decide which type of procedure is best for you
- The implant site will be prepared
- The implant will be placed into position
- When the site has healed and the implant has fused to your jawbone, we’ll place an abutment onto the implant
- Finally, your custom crown will be placed, fitted for comfort, and cemented into position
While pain from the dental implants procedure is usually minimal and manageable with over-the-counter pain medication, you’ll receive a local anesthetic prior to each dental implants procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants restore the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth, so your self-confidence will soar and you’ll regain your self-esteem. The benefits of implants include:
- A beautiful, natural-looking smile
- Easy maintenance, since you’ll care for your implants like you do your natural teeth
- No annoying denture slippage
- Regaining the ability to eat your favorite foods—plus you’ll speak better and smile more
- Restoration of your jawbone and facial structure
What Are the Types of Implants Available?
Several types of implants are available and the kind you receive will depend on your situation. Dental implant options include:
- Implant-supported bridge
- Mini implants
- Single implant
What’s Involved In Caring for Dental Implants?
After your gums and jawbone have healed, your implants will require the same care you provide for your natural teeth: brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and regular dental checkups. During the healing process, you’ll need to keep them clean and use over-the-counter pain medication if you have any residual soreness. For dental implant care after surgery, be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions so your gums will heal properly. If you have any questions before surgery or during the healing process, call our Wayzata office and we’ll be glad to help you.
Will Implants Work for Me?
If you have one or more teeth missing, if you’re ashamed of your smile, or have less self-confidence because of the condition of your teeth, you may be a candidate for implants. Call our Wayzata office at (952) 388-0287 and schedule a consultation. One of our dentists will examine your teeth and gums and recommend the type of implant that’s best for you.
When Will I Need To Replace My Implants?
“How long does a dental implant last?” is one of the questions most frequently asked by our patients. You are the primary determining factor in the answer to that question. When properly cared for, your implants should last for years, decades or a lifetime. The better care you take of your implants, the longer they’ll last.
If you’re interested in finding out more about getting dental implants in Wayzata, call our office and schedule a consultation. We’re among the best in the area for affordable dental implants and we’d love to help you regain your beautiful smile and self-confidence.