Should I consider dental implants?
Missing teeth not only affects your oral health, but your quality of life as well. Without tooth replacement, your smile is less attractive and you may experience pain or difficulty eating and speaking, which can be embarrassing. Dental implants can alleviate these concerns by acting as natural teeth.
What are some benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a safe, predictable solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Patients with implants experience improved taste and appetite as they are able to chew without pain or discomfort. Dental implants also improve your aesthetic appearance by rebuilding your smile, and preserving your facial structure. Your overall quality of life can improve with dental implants.
Are there limitations to who is eligible for dental implants?
There are no limitations as to who is eligible for implants. They are a suitable solution for all ages, provided there is enough bone in which to set the implants.
How successful are implants?
Implants successfully integrate with the jaw bone in 97% of cases. When integration is not successful treatment options and replacement is available and will be discussed.
Is implant surgery painful?
No. A local anesthetic is administered before and during surgery to ensure the patient does not feel pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. Usually your doctor will prescribe post-operative pain medication to minimize any discomfort that may initially occur after the surgery.
When can I return to work?
Patients can often return to work the next day. Your doctor will discuss your post-operative care plan with you prior to the procedure.
Does dental insurance cover dental implants?
Dental implants may be covered under certain policies. Coverage is generally limited to what is covered for bridges or dentures.
What care and maintenance is required for dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing as well as regular, bi-annual dental check-ups or every 3-4 months as determined by your doctor.
What will happen if I do not choose implants?
If you do not opt for dental implants, you will experience steady, gradual bone loss, causing additional problems with your remaining healthy teeth. This bone loss can eventually impact your denture fit and affect your facial appearance and diet. It is important to replace missing teeth before these side effects occur. The risks incurred by waiting to replace teeth may make you ineligible for dental implants and require bone grafting.
Dr. Deana Cook, located in Wilmington, NC is a periodontist who serves patients from Castle Hayne, Porters Neck, Odgen, Leland, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Southport, and Hampstead. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!