Dental implants have proven to be one of the most significant advances in the history of restorative dentistry, helping people replace one or more missing teeth with results that look and feel natural. These treatments can restore both the form and function of the teeth, while avoiding many of the problems that can be associated with more traditional methods of tooth replacement. Dental implants from our dentists in Germantown and the Memphis area are designed and placed for the most accurate fit possible, making them look so natural that you may have a hard time telling the difference between the implants and your original teeth.
If you have questions about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Germantown Dental Group today.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Next best thing to natural teeth
- Built to last. Dental Implants are a long term solution
- Keep your teeth in your mouth – Not in a cup!
- Protect healthy bone
- Avoid unnecessary treatment on adjacent teeth
- Implants don’t get cavities
The Dental Implant Treatment Process
During your initial consultation here at Germantown Dental Group, one of our dentists will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation to determine if this procedure is right for your needs. Once our cosmetic dentist determines you are a candidate, a customized treatment plan will be created to yield the most comfortable, natural-looking results.
A dental implant is comprised of a titanium post that acts as the new tooth’s root and a dental crown that is made to match the appearance of the surrounding teeth. The titanium post is surgically implanted during the first stage of the procedure at a precise position and angle to yield a comfortable fit. Over the next three to six months, this titanium post should fuse to the jawbone, giving the new tooth superior stability and essentially functioning like a natural tooth root. Once the titanium post has fully fused to the jawbone, the custom crown can be attached by our dentist and the dental implant procedure will be complete.
Dental Implants FAQ
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Ideal dental implant candidates have one or more missing teeth, adequate jawbone density to support the implant, healthy gum tissue, and good overall health. Those who have gum disease can often benefit from periodontal treatment and be subsequently re-evaluated for dental implant candidacy. Dental implants are not recommended for patients with certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, which can compromise the healing process. Patients who are currently undergoing radiation or chemotherapy are also not ideal candidates for dental implants. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, we can recommend some advanced alternatives that can help you achieve your goals.
Are dental implants better than dentures?
While dentures can be an effective solution for patients who have missing teeth, dental implants are a significant advance in the field of restorative dentistry and they offer many distinct advantages. Traditional dentures require pastes or messy adhesives to stay in place, whereas dental implants are fixed in place and fused to the jawbone. As a result, dental implants also eliminate the discomfort, irritation, or “slippage” along the gums that many patients with ill-fitting dentures experience. These procedures are completely customized to each patient’s needs and the implants themselves are designed to provide results that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Are there any risks associated with dental implants?
All surgery entails some risk, and the dental implants procedure is no exception. Our dentists carefully plan each dental implant procedure to achieve results that feel comfortable, fit securely, and look natural. The dentist will also carefully review detailed post-operative instructions before the day of the procedure so patients can further minimize any risks during the healing process.
How long do dental implants last?
Once the titanium post fuses to the jawbone, dental implants are considered a permanent part of the mouth. Dental implants are created to look and function just like normal teeth, and can be cleaned and cared for the same way. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits can prolong the longevity of your dental implants. With proper care, patients can expect their dental implants to last for decades.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary widely, depending upon a number of factors unique to each patient. At Germantown Dental Group, we want to help all of our patients attain a healthy, beautiful smile. With that in mind, we accept an array of payment methods and work with respected financing companies that can provide qualified applicants with low-interest rates and low monthly payment plans.
For more information on dental implants, or to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact us today.