Replacing a Tooth
Dental implants are the state of the art way to replace missing teeth for our East Peoria, Peoria, Pekin, Washington, Metamora and Morton patients. They can be used to replace a single tooth or a full mouth of teeth. They are a terrific innovation in dentistry, making ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures and bridges a thing of the past. Peoria dental implant dentist Dr. Hudson can help replace missing or lost teeth with permanent implants that will look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dr. Hudson talks about dental implants and how they can be used to replace missing teeth.
Implants are titanium cylinders designed to emulate a tooth root that are gently and precisely placed into the jawbone. Most patients report little to no discomfort after implant placement. After healing, the tooth, bridge, or denture can then be attached to the dental implant. The result is a implant tooth that is made to look and feel so natural that it will seem – to you and to others – like your natural tooth.
Living without one or more of your teeth can be painful and unhealthy. It can also destroy your confidence, and make you reluctant to smile or speak naturally. When a tooth is extracted or lost due to decay or injury, the bone that held the tooth in the jaw is no longer stimulated. When that happens, the bone stops growing and is resorbed into the body. The teeth surrounding the missing tooth begin to shift into the empty space, causing misalignment of neighboring teeth. This, in turn, leads to greater chances of tooth decay,gum disease, and TMJ problems.
Dental implants reverse this loss. As long as you have enough bone to support the implant post, it can be surgically inserted into the bone. Over the space of the next few months, the post will bond to the bone, effectively becoming a part of your body’s structure. The placement of the implant will stimulate the body to actually construct the bone cells necessary to bond to the implant. The result, if the implant is properly placed and your body responds as expected, is bone that is stronger and healthier than ever. The new tooth connected to the implant will then prevent shifting of the neighboring teeth
- Appearance: Implants can be customized to match an exact shade and shape. They give you an improved smile that’s indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
- Function: Due to their stable design and durable materials, implants come with no diet restrictions and allow you to speak normally.
- Convenience: You can care for your dental implants like you would your natural teeth, unlike dentures that require special maintenance.
- Comfort: Dentures can slip or fit improperly in the mouth, causing discomfort. Dental implants feel as comfortable as natural teeth.
- Self-esteem: You’ll gain the confidence to smile in pictures again with dental implants, as people likely won’t even be able to tell you have them.
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants in Peoria, IL depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, Dr. Hudson will recommend the treatment that is best for you. In general however, a dental implant replacing a single tooth will cost somewhere between $3,000-4,000.
Our office will work with your insurance coverage to see if dental implants will be covered. Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not covered by some dental insurance plans. Our office does offer Care Credit financing as well, which can help break up the expenses into affordable monthly payments. For patients needing dental implants who have no dental insurance, our office offers our EPDG Savings Plan, which can be used to get discounts on your dental implant treatment.
Is the surgery to place a dental implant painful?
No, it is done in our office under local anesthesia, just the same way a filling is done. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, you shouldn’t feel a thing!
What about after surgery? Is it painful then?
You can expect some minor discomfort. It can be managed with over the counter NSAID medications such as ibuprofen. Our patients report very little discomfort following the procedure.
How long does it take to place an implant?
It depends on the number and location of implants, but most placements take an hour or less.
How long do I have to heal before I can get my teeth?
The entire process usually takes 2-4 months, depending on your treatment plan. More advanced cases can take longer. The first phase is the longest, where the implants have to heal and fuse to the bone (2-3 months). The final phase is the tooth replacements have to be fabricated (2-3 weeks) and then attached.
How long do dental implants last?
Once an implant has fused to the bone successfully, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many have been in place for 30 years or more!
What are the chances of implant failure?
Nationally, the success rate of implants averages around 95%. Our office has found our success rates to be around this number, albeit slightly higher. Implants can fail due to a number of reasons. An implant can simply be recognized by the body as foreign and not “take”, healing around the implant can occur with gum tissue instead of bone, or the implant can get infected. No matter the case, the implant is removed and the site allowed to heal. We can then place another implant once ready.
Does an implant require special care?
Implants require the same care that your natural teeth need. Scheduling regular check-ups and proper oral hygiene are the best ways to ensure your dental implant lasts a lifetime. Implants do not get cavities, but can be lost due to gum disease, so brushing and flossing them are just as important as your natural teeth.
Does smoking affect dental implants?
Dental implants in smokers are four times as likely to fail compared to implants in non-smokers. Dentists recommend that patients with dental implants avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.