Learn More about Dental Implants Cleveland TN
Could you be a good case for dental implants from Ocoee Oral Surgery in Cleveland TN? In this month’s blog, we cover different aspects of the procedure, which has been performed on more than 3 million people in the US, with another 500,000 surgeries performed each year.
More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws, according to prosthodontists. Implants are the preferred method for treating tooth loss because they help preserve the jaw structure by preventing atrophy from bone loss.
Implants are a solution for replacing missing teeth, concealing large fillings, restoring the ability to bite and chew, improving speech, protecting weakened teeth from further damage, and preventing any drifting of remaining teeth out of position.<!–more→
Your Dental Implant Questions Answered
What are dental implants? What are they made of?
Generally, dentistry implants are surgically implanted metal posts positioned directly into the jawbone beneath the gums, essentially “man-made artificial tooth roots” made from medical-grade titanium. Why titanium? Because the implants, over time, fuse naturally with bone, a process known as “osseointegration.” Following healing of surrounding gum tissue, the posts are connected to an artificial tooth (or teeth), either individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.
At Ocoee Oral Surgery, we perform:
- Individual Dental Implants for Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Implants for Dentures & Partials, and
- Full Arch Rehabilitation, aka “screw-in dentures.”
Why go to the extent of surgery? By being infused to the jawbone, implants provide stable support not always found with alternatives. Implants function the same as natural teeth and maintain proper chewing function and exert appropriate, natural forces on the jawbone to keep it functional and healthy.
We cover what dental implants are in greater depth on the dedicated procedure page and encourage anyone interested in this to read further.
How do dental implants work?
The result is a secure fit that feels more natural than conventional bridges or dentures, which aren’t always possible or practical if a patient lacks adjacent teeth to attach a bridge to or suffers from a gag reflex that makes removable prostheses unpleasant. Bridgework and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but also do not prevent bone loss.
Not everyone is a good fit for dental implants. For one thing, healthy gums and adequate bone are needed for support of the implant. In some cases, a bone graft can grow the bone needed to properly anchor the implant. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports the overall success rate of dental implant therapy as high as 98 percent.
Who does Dental Implants in Cleveland TN?
Looking for a Cleveland TN dentist that do dental implants? Our Board-Certified Oral Surgeons are Paul T. McCord, DDS, and Hunter T. McCord, DDS. Their extensive training and experience give them the skills needed to perform Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. They work to put patients at ease and achieve the desired results. You definitely want to choose a dental implant expert like our oral surgeons to minimize complications and lessen the risk of implant failure.
How much do dental implants cost? How much do dental implants cost per tooth? How much are dental implants for the whole mouth? Does Medicare pay for dental implants?
Implants are a long-term purchase with the potential to result in decades of return on investment. The average cost of single tooth dental implants is between $1,000-$3,000, while full mouth reconstructive implants average between $24,000-$100,000. The exact cost of any procedure depends on what a patient’s particular situation is and the depth of solutions needed to fully address it. No two patients or their customized dental implants treatments are exactly alike.
If you want to get Medicare dental coverage for dental implants, look into Medicare Advantage coverage. Also known as Medicare Part C, the Medicare Advantage program offers you a different way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage plans are available from private insurance companies that contract with Medicare.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
Total treatment time depends on a patient’s needs, medical and dental history, jawbone condition, and the technique and materials used. It can be as short as a few months for simple conditions.
Are dental implants safe? Does the procedure hurt?
For half a century, implants have proven to be safe and effective. No medical procedure is 100% free of complications, which is why it is important to choose the right oral surgeon. And when it comes to an individual patient’s health, the doctor’s need to review medical history and habits that could affect the recommended treatment, such as smoking. Every patient should go into a procedure fully informed about benefits and risks. Sedation techniques available at the time of treatment include a full range of anesthesia services, including IV Anesthesia.
What are some tips for making implants last longer?
Regular dental visits and dedicated oral hygiene are vital to the long-term success of dental implants. Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes or low bone density are conditions that can put implants at risk of long-term failure. What periodontal disease is to teeth, something called “peri-implantitis” is to implants, as both result in the loss of the supporting structure (bone).
Do tooth implants last forever?
Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Well-cared for dental implants are ones regularly brushed and flossed with scheduled cleanings and check-ups – just like natural teeth!
Make Your Own Cleveland TN Dental Implants a Reality
The first step is to speak with the doctors about your particular situation, map the patient’s map, identify potential problems, and plan the implant procedure in advance. The entire process can take several months, so you should do it as soon as possible if you want to restore chewing function and regain a more confident smile sooner rather than later. Remember to bring your medical and dental insurance cards. If you have recent x-rays, feel free to bring them so we can determine the root structure of the teeth in question.
Taking the First Step
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.