At Heck Family Dentistry of Lawrence, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality services possible. Our dentists have extensive training and experience performing tooth replacement with dental implants in Lawrence, Kansas.
As with all our dental services, we will ensure you are kept comfortable and informed throughout the entire implant process. We are always available to address your questions or concerns. Let our caring dentists help you through the process of extraction, grafting, implant placement, and tooth restoration in one facility. Schedule an appointment to see how our skilled dentists and advanced technology can help restore your confident and healthy smile!
Care of Mouth After an Implant Procedure
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots. These manufactured roots are similar in shape to screws. Dental implants, placed in your jawbone, bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting artificial teeth like crowns or bridges and also dentures.
Dentists have successfully used modern dental implants for over 30 years. Implants are the strongest devices available for supporting replacement teeth. In addition, they allow these artificial teeth to feel, look, and function naturally.
When performed by an experienced dentist using specialized 3D technology, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable restorative procedures in dentistry.
When placed successfully, dental implants are considered the preferred solution for missing teeth. For one thing, because they fuse with the jawbone itself, they are completely fixed in place and do not move at all. As a result, your new teeth will feel like a natural part of your body and will always stay in place while you’re speaking or chewing. The implants themselves provide enough chewing strength for you to eat whatever you want, and they’ll help maintain a healthy level of bone tissue in the jaw.
You can consider yourself a potential candidate for dental implants as long as you have lost at least one tooth. You must also have an overall healthy mouth, meaning gum disease and cavities must be treated properly before moving forward with the dental implant procedure. We may also need to perform bone grafts if the jaw has already started to break down. The dental implant procedure will differ depending on the number of teeth lost; you’ll receive a different number of posts and a specific restoration based on your situation.
Every single tooth is important for a healthy smile. When one is lost, it can be replaced with a single dental implant and a crown. Using an implant instead of a bridge means we don’t have to alter your remaining teeth by removing small amounts of enamel to make room for the prosthetic.
The solution for missing multiple teeth depends on how many are gone and where they were located. If they were spread throughout the mouth, you may need a separate implant for each one. But if they were all in a row, we can fit a dental bridge on a pair of implant posts to replace them all at once.
In addition to crowns and bridges, we use implants to support dentures. Dental implants offer an exceptional method to provide an anchor for dentures. Using dental implants as a base for dentures can drastically improve the overall function and appearance of your new teeth.
At the beginning of the implant process when you’re trying to figure out the costs involved, you have to remember one important thing: the treatment will be greatly customized based on your situation. That means the amount you end up paying won’t be the same as another patient. At the same time, dental implants are a long-term investment, so even though the initial cost is higher compared to other treatments, the benefits (such as a longer lifespan) will pay for themselves in the long term.
If the teeth being replaced are still in the mouth, naturally they’ll have to be extracted before you get implants. Also, gum disease therapy and bone grafting might need to be performed to correct issues that could potentially lead to implant failure. All of these procedures come with their own cost.
When the time comes to pay for implant surgery, remember that the kind of sedation or anesthesia you require can add to the price. Fortunately, since we place our implants in-house, you don’t have to worry about dealing with a separate practice when the time comes to pay the bill.
Obviously, the number of dental implants you need is going to affect the final price, but the individual parts of the implant have to be considered as well. For one thing, there are different types of restorations that can be supported by implants; small restorations like crowns are less costly than larger restorations like dentures. As for the actual implant posts, the size and material, as well as the individual manufacturer, all affect the price; we invite you to ask for additional information about where your implant is coming from and the benefits of our selected brand.
Surprisingly, dental implants are often the more cost-effective option compared to traditional restorations thanks to the following facts:
We are in-network with several insurance providers and accept several out-of-network plans as well. You should call your insurance provider and review your benefits before beginning any sort of dental treatment. Most plans will not cover dental implants, but some exceptions exist, and other parts of the treatment (such as the final restoration) may be covered. If there’s anything you don’t understand, talk to our team; we’ve worked with plenty of insurance companies over the years and we know how to make sure that you get the savings you’re entitled to.
A brilliant, healthy smile shouldn’t be something that breaks your budget. We can discuss your financial situation with you and help you find ways to make paying for dental implants easier. One possible solution is dental financing through CareCredit; you can pay for your care in smaller, monthly installments that are more convenient for you.
Our dentists at Heck Family Dentistry pride themselves in being able to guide you through every step of the dental implant process. Do you have questions about what’s going to happen during the treatment or what your life will be like once the implants are in place? We strive to address any and all concerns you might have during the dental implant process so that each of your decisions is well-informed. On this page, you’ll find a number of questions that multiple patients have asked in the past.
It varies from person, but the average treatment length is between six to eight months. This is because it normally takes several months for dental implants to integrate with the jawbone. There are cases where temporary teeth can be placed at the same time as the implant, but generally speaking you need to wait until your implant has gained enough stability to support a restoration. Remember that everyone heals differently, so we may not be able to give you a perfect timeline of how long the dental implant process will take, but we will very carefully monitor your progress to make sure that everything is going smoothly.
Dental implants have been used for more than half a century by now, and they’ve proven themselves to be a very safe and effective treatment with a success rate of around 95%. The potential for complications is still there, however, so it’s important to find a trustworthy expert to handle the procedure. Dr. Beshore has completed state-of-the-art training for dental implant placements, and Dr. Heck has put a lot of focus on implants over the course of his career; you can count on them to make the decisions that will leave you smiling in the long run.
You can eat whatever you want once your mouth has fully healed after implant surgery; the chewing power of implants is comparable to real teeth, so you can enjoy a lot of tougher foods that would give you trouble with traditional dentures. Of course, the weeks immediately following surgery are another story. You’ll have to be gentle with your implants while your mouth is still healing. Stick to applesauce, smoothies, and other soft-foods for the first 24 hours. You should also plan on eating eggs, cheese, yogurt, fish, chicken, ground beef, soft potatoes, and other foods that won’t put too much strain on your mouth in the months to come.
Caring for dental implants isn’t much different than caring for real teeth. Here are a few tips that can help:
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