Are Dental Implants for Me?
You’ve heard of Paul Revere. He may (or may not) have made a historic midnight horse ride to sound the alarm that the British were upon the Patriots in the American Revolution. What you may not know is that he also worked as an amateur dentist. Paul Revere was the first to practice forensic dentistry when he identified the body of a fallen friend using the deceased man’s teeth. Additionally Paul Revere crafted dentures using walrus ivory. Needless to say, he and other early dentistry practitioners did not have reliable dental implants to work with then.
Even though Dentistry has come a long way since the days of Paul Revere, people still experience dental issues including tooth decay and tooth loss. Unfortunately they can strike anyone at anytime (although, dental hygiene can reduce the risk). For some time bridges and dentures were the only options for people with missing teeth. Now because of recent advancements in Dentistry, dental implants have become an excellent treatment for tooth loss.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT EXACTLY?
A Dental Implant is a surgical component that connects with the bone of the jaw or the skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture etc. These synthetic roots provide a solid foundation for teeth that are crafted to match your natural teeth. There are a whole host of benefits of dental implants over dentures (and remaining toothless).
SO ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR YOU?
Dental implants are for people who have missing teeth because of a congenital disorder, gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. The benefits of having this procedure done include
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Comfort when eating
- Boost of self esteem
- Improved overall oral health
- Durability, convenience.
Additionally, dental implants have a very high success rate of 98%. With proper care and an experienced periodontist, they can last a lifetime.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
The diagnosis is the step that determines if you are a good candidate for dental implants. We need to ensure that the dental implant process will be best for each patient individually. There are some factors that may compromise the implants such as having abnormal jaws. Also, patients should have healthy gums that are free from gum disease (gingivitis), gum recession and be free of diseases such as diabetes. And most importantly patients should already have healthy oral habits.
WHY IS ALL THAT SO IMPORTANT?
It’s important for us to understand what is already going on in your mouth so we can prevent dental implant failure. Plus we as your dentist need answers to certain questions before we perform the procedure:
- Do you need dental implants or is there a better alternative for you?
- Are dental implants appropriate for you? To find an appropriate answer to this question a thorough look at your medical status and medicines you are taking is needed as they (the medication) may interfere with the procedure. Vital signs such as blood pressure and your stress levels are also taken into account to ensure that the body will accept the implant(s) with no problems.
- Do you have adequate bone? To answer this question it requires a careful examination of your mouth, including but not limited to taking x-rays and/or CAT Scan to see if you have enough bone for dental implants.
- More need to knows: The bite relationship, the condition of the surrounding teeth, gums, oral health, whether we need to coordinate orthodontics if the patient has braces, whether a temporary tooth replacement is needed etc. This is all done in a quick but thorough manner.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE CONSULTATION?
This is where we present to you our findings and recommendations. This is usually done at the same time as the diagnosis due to the fact that this is most likely to be the most efficient use of your time rather than have you come back in for another visit. We use models, videos, photos and any other methods needed to make certain you understand the process to the depth that you want/need to understand. At this visit, our staff will also fully explain the costs of the dental implant procedure, answer insurance questions, and indicate payment options. We hope you will have all the information you need by the end of this part of the procedure.
DOES INSURANCE COVER DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Generally, dental implants are not covered by insurance. However, your plan may cover dental implants and you should check with your provider. Also, Bailey Implants offers financing for some procedures and in some cases. Again, the best thing you can do is come in for a dental implant consult.
WHAT CAN I DO TODAY?
Contact Bailey Implants today to schedule your consultation. With over 35 years of experience we guarantee 100% customer satisfaction for years to come!