What You Need To Know About Dental Implants
A dental implant consists of three parts: a titanium post, which is surgically implanted into your jaw bone by a specialist and acts as a replacement tooth root; an abutment, which secure the new tooth to the implant; and a restoration, or artificial tooth, which can either be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- 95% or higher success rate
- Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
- Avoids degradation of health teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves appearance of smile and lower face
- Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
- No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”
What To Expect with Dental Implants
Dr. Kunnel will create a personalized treatment plan and coordinate with a local oral surgeon or periodontist in Skokie who will perform the tooth implant surgery. Dr. Kunnel will complete the restoration in her local office.
Implantation: The placement of the dental implant is a simple, procedure performed in the dentist ofice under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone. In some cases, Dr. Kunnel will place the permanent dental crown during this visit. Other times, a temporary crown will be placed while the implant heals.
Implant Restoration: After the healing process is complete, Dr. Kunnel will uncover the implant and attach the dental crown, bridge or denture. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure long term health and function of the dental implant.
Dental Implant FAQs
How much do dental implants cost? Are they covered by dental insurance?
The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. Dr. Kunnel will review all of your options as well as the cost of procedures prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to allow for the maximum reimbursement. We also offers flexible payment options and interest free financing to help make dental implants more affordable.
How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.
What are denture implants?
Denture implants, “All on Four” and “Teeth in a Day” are all names for a procedure that replaces all of a person’s missing teeth. This procedure is often done in a single visit and in some cases, an existing denture can be modified and secured using dental implants. Compared to a removable denture, and implant denture offers better retention, improved health and higher quality of life.
Is implant surgery painful?
You will be made as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment at Kunnel Dental Center and our affilates offices. During the implant placement, you may be given a sedative to help you relax and minimize any pain. It is normal to experience soreness following the implant surgery. This typically subsides within a few days of treatment. Once the implant has healed, you will not have any pain.
How long with the implant process take?
The reason why dental implants are so successful is that they integrate with the living bone. The length of the process will vary from one patient to another, but you can expect the overall healing process to take 3 to 6 months.
Will I need to see a specialist?
Depending on your specific condition, you may be referred to a dental specialist to have the dental implant placed. Dr. Kunnel will coordinate your entire treatment plan, working closely with any dental specialists as needed. Dr. Kunnel will perform the restoration of the dental implant either with a dental crown, bridge or denture in our Skokie dental office. Our staff will assist you with any scheduling that may be needed in the event you are referred to a local specialist.
Dental Implants vs. Bridge
Making the choice between implants and bridgework can be difficult for some patients. One of the biggest concerns is the cost. While a dental bridge typically cost less than a dental implant, there are a number of long term benefits to implants.
With a documented success rate of 95% or higher, you can expect a well maintained implant to last a lifetime. Most dental bridges will need to be replaced or repaired within 10 years.
With traditional bridgework, the dentist must cut down adjacent teeth to support the replacement tooth. This is not the case with a dental implant which is self supporting, preserving the overall health of the mouth. In addition, a dental implant will prevent neighboring teeth from drifting which is a risk with a bridge.