Dental implant treatment offers firm, stable, and natural looking teeth. Patients can eat almost anything they like and can smile with confidence again. Dental implants also stop the destructive bone loss process caused by trauma from wearing dentures.
People who have trauma from wearing dentures are most likely experiencing a gradual bone loss process that occurs when the teeth are extracted and tooth roots are missing. Because tooth roots stimulate jawbone health, the jawbone starts to shrink or melt away once the tooth roots are gone. Wearing a denture greatly speeds up the bone loss process. Normally, the lower jaw shrinks much faster than the upper jaw, causing the most problems.
The length of dental implant treatment varies and is determined by the specific treatment required. In some cases, patients can leave the office on the day of treatment with functioning teeth; however, most treatment plans require four to six months. The majority of the time is needed for the patient’s bone to “bond” or “integrate” with the dental implant.
If you wear dentures, we would like for you to keep your dentures out the day of treatment, but, thereafter, you can wear your dentures throughout your treatment.
Whether or not your dental implant treatment is covered by insurance depends on the insurance company and the type of coverage. Almost every policy is different. This area is one we are very familiar with, and we can help you with the determination of your insurance benefit.