If you are missing teeth, you are not alone. More than half of today’s population has been affected by tooth loss. Tooth loss is not only a cosmetic issue – missing teeth negatively impact your oral health. They can cause pain and undue burden on the remaining teeth and can also make speaking and chewing difficult. Dr. Klamut has produced this guide to help you decide if you would like to join the thousands of people who are enjoying a better quality of life, increased self-confidence, and improved oral health because of dental implants.
Cost of service: An estimate, including any tissue or bone grafting, placement and restoration of your implants will be provided after an initial consultation. You can expect additional charges for evaluative work such as x-rays and study models. Insurance may not cover the cost of implants. Your fees and insurance options can be estimated in advance in order to assist you in your decision to choose implants. We accept all major credit cards and have payment plan options available upon approval.
Implant Fast Facts: if you have experienced tooth loss, the tooth socket may need treatment before an implant can be placed. Bone grafting is necessary if the socket has not healed properly. A bone graft, a fairly simple procedure, needs to heal for about three to six months before an implant treatment.
Quantity of implants: Missing back teeth can be replaced with one large or more than one implant. Other teeth are usually replaced by individual implants.
Extensive Tooth Loss: People with many (or all) missing teeth may be candidates for more than one option for treatment. There are several variations of combining dentures anchored by implants, or all teeth can be replaced with individual implants.
Implants life span: Implants can last as long as twenty years or even a lifetime. The use of prescribed equipment and trained surgeons like Dr. Klamut increases the success rate well over ninety percent.
Benefits of dental implants: Implant supported teeth can be cemented, screwed or removable, creating a solution for virtually every patient. They provide a foundation of support in the mouth for one or more artificial teeth, helping to eliminate any pain associated with removable teeth. Because of the stronger foundation of support, implants improve your ability to chew and speak, which is a great confidence booster. They also minimize the erosion of the jawbone that normally occurs when teeth are lost. Implants have the look, feel and function of natural teeth. They are the most attractive, the most natural, and the most comfortable replacement for missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, and they can dramatically increase the retention and stability of dentures.
How to decide: There are certain evaluations your dentist or Dr. Klamut will perform to determine what type of implants are right for you. After a thorough oral examination, your dental and medical history will be reviewed. X-rays will be taken of teeth and jaws to see if your mouth will be able to accomodate implants. Results of these evaluations will indicate if more tests are necessary. After your restorative dentist plces the final prosthesis, we will see you for the routine check-ups twice a year for the first year, then once a year thereafter. Of course, we are always available anytime you need us. And your restorative dentist will want to examine you at regular intervals to assure that all is well.
Dental Implants: What are they and how are they placed? There are a wide variety of dental implants – there are many different sizes, shapes and materials. They can replace a single tooth, a series of teeth, or a full arch. The correct number, type and locatin of implants can best be determined after a thorough examination and discussion with your dentist and oral surgeon. (Typically, Dr. Klamut and your general dentist and/or a Prosthodontist work as a team during the implant process.) A thorough consultation will ensure that your aesthetic and functional needs are met while enabling the most predictable long-term results. Radiographs are taken, and serve to help us evaluate the current quality and quantity of existing bone. This information is valuable in that it assists us in determining the number and placement of implants, and the length of time required for healing. Should additional medical information or adjunctive procedures be needed prior to implant placement, our reccomendations will be made at this time.
Follow up: After your restorative dentist places the final prosthesis, we will see you for routine check-ups twice a year for the first year, then once a year thereafter. Of course, we are always available anytime you need us. And your restorative dentist will want to examine you at regular intervals to assure that all is well.
Are implants expensive? IMplants are an investment in your physical and oral health. The restorative dentist or the surgeon can provide a range of fees prior to your consultation. In a survey of 350 patients treated with dental implants, all agreed that their implants were worth the investment. Patients in our practice overwhelmingly indicate the positive change that implants have made in their lives. Many indicate that the initial financial outlay was minimal compared to the long-term benefits.
Implant evaluation: This portion of your implant treatment consists of a detailed consultation and the development of a treatment plan. If you are under a physician’s care, or if your medical history indicates, we may request that you consult with your physician. WE require a thorough medical history to determine whether there are any conditions that could affect the outcome of treatment, such as diabetes, allergies, or bleeding problems. Radiographs are taken, and serve to help us evaluate the current quality and quantity of existing bone. This information is valuable in that it assists us in determining the number and placement of implants, and the length of time required for healing. Should additional medical information or adjunctive procedures be needed prior to implant placement, our recommendations would be made at this time. After your consultation, we communicate with your restorative dentist. He or she will make impressions and a diagnostic wax-up that records the natural alignment of yoru teeth and jaw. Surgical guidelines are then made to direct the exact placement of the implants during surgery. Finally, the surgeon and restorative doctor evaluate the information and present the best treatment options. You are then ready to begin your first phase of treatment.
Teatment Phase 1: In the first procedure, implants are placed in the jawbone and are covered over with the gum tissue. While some implants can be placed with the same kind of local anesthesia used for routine dentistry, most patients prefer the added comfort fo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. After placement, the implants are allowed to fuse to the underlying bone, a process that often requires four to six months. Detailed instructions will be provided for you on how to care for your mouth following surgery.
Treatment Phase 2: After the implants have fused to the bone, we attach the abutments (small posts) that will hold your prosthesis. To do so we uncover the implant and attach the abutment to the underlying implant. The abutment projects up through the gum tissue. We also place temporary crowns, or modify the temporary partial dentures, to cover the abutments so that the metal post (abutment) is not visible.
Treatment Phase 3: Approximately two weeks after surgery the gum tissue surrounding the abutment should have healed enough for you restorative dentist to begin fabricating your new prosthesis. The process of making your new prosthesis may take several trial fittings. A fixed prosthesis can take longer to make than a removable one and the time frame for either one varies, depending on the structure of your jaw and mouth, and the number of implants to be restored.
Follow up: After yoru restorative dentist places the final prosthesis, we will see you for a final check-up. Of course, we are always available anytime you need us. Your restorative dentist will want to examine you at regular intervals to assure that all is well. Please let us know if you would like further information about the benefits and details of dental implants.