A dental implant is composed of two equally important parts. The implant itself (also known as a “post”) is surgically placed below the gum line, and the lifelike restoration is attached on top after the post has healed. While many general dental practices have to refer their patients to outside specialists for the surgical portion of their implant care, we’ve brought the specialist to you here in Concord. Our in-house periodontist Dr. Jonell Hopeck will personally handle this important procedure so that you can stay in one, comfortable environment with a team you know and trust.
After the new implant is securely in place, the healing process will likely take months. This is necessary because your natural bone and gum tissue needs time to fuse with the new implant, creating a sturdy foundation that will serve your smile well.
Once your mouth has fully healed from the initial implant placement, it’ll be time to return to Generations Dental Care so that our team can design the ideal restorative solution that will sit on top. In cases of individual implants, metal-free crowns are highly recommended, as they can restore single teeth without requiring the alteration of nearby healthy teeth.
Alternatively, if you have several teeth and/or implants in need of restoration, an implant-retained bridge or denture can work wonders in providing a lifelike and cost-effective restoration. These devices can be fixed permanently in place or designed to still be removable in nature – the patient’s personal preferences and current level of oral health will determine this decision.
Even though dental implants have been in use for several decades now, we understand that many people do not quite understand how they work or if they are eligible to receive them in the first place. At Generations Dental Care, our goal is to keep our patients informed however possible, especially when it comes to treatments they know they will be receiving in the future. Below, you’ll find our most common questions regarding dental implants as well as our answers. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to call us today!
In most cases, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. While this may be unfortunate, it doesn’t mean that you cannot reduce costs via your insurance in other ways. For example, while you cannot save money on the placement of the implant itself, you can save on the restoration or preparatory treatments that you may need to begin treatment. We also encourage you to read more about our third-party financing options as well as our Quality Dental Plan available in-house!
The length of your treatment largely depends on how complex your needs are to replace teeth. Overall, you should expect to dedicate six to nine months to your treatment. This length can vary depending on your current dental health, the number of teeth that need to be placed, which teeth you intend to replace, and whether or not an extraction is needed prior to implant placement. Keep in mind that for comprehensive treatments like dental implants, planning is key to ensuring a healthy and successful procedure.
The good news is more and more people are eligible for dental implants today than in the past. As long as you have healthy gum tissue, good oral health overall, and sufficient bone tissue to receive the dental implants you need, you are eligible for treatment! During your consultation, we’ll confirm your current oral health status and walk you through the process of receiving dental implants. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend a larger restoration that fits onto multiple implants, which could have their own implications regarding your eligibility.
It is true that dental implants can fail, but this is widely avoided thanks to the expertise of our many dedicated doctors that we keep in-house. When placed by a professional, dental implants have an average success rate of 98 percent, even after ten years of having the implant. During your planning phase, we’ll confirm that enough bone tissue is present and that your gums are healthy, two factors that play a major role in treatment. Furthermore, we’ll help you manage your care as your implants heal. For example, you should not under any circumstances consume tobacco while your implants integrate with your bone and soft tissue.