Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions normally.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root upon which a manufactured tooth can be placed. Implants are used to support the replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or larger prostheses such as dentures, depending on the individual’s requirements and condition. Placement of the implant stabilizes bone levels and may prevent bone loss, resulting in greater long-term support, function, and esthetics. Implants are a superior way to replace missing teeth, as they do not require alteration of adjacent teeth. They are also an excellent way to stabilize a denture.Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Dental Implant Cost
At Deerfoot Dental, we find great satisfaction in being an affordable dentist so our patients can receive top-notch dental care that fits their budgets. The estimated cost of a dental implant is listed below, but the price can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and the needs of the individual patient.
Cost per Implant: $2,500 – $5,000
Out-of-pocket cost for any procedure depends on your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants at Deerfoot Dental involve a few simple steps to complete the entire procedure. However, each patient’s process will vary depending on your oral health at the time.
- Consultation and exam. Before deciding if dental implants are right for you we will complete a comprehensive exam. This exam will include x-rays to measure bone health, a CT scan, and a digital scan of your teeth. We will then discuss treatment options with you.
- Implant placement. The implant will be surgically placed in the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. If you have an aesthetic concern, a temporary tooth may be placed before the implant crown is completed.
- Implant healing. After your implant is placed, your jawbone heals around the dental implant and provides a solid base for your new artificial tooth. This process can take 4 to 6 months to complete.
- Abutment / crown placement. The abutment is the piece where your artificial tooth (crown) will be placed. The abutment is attached to the implant, and then the crown is placed on the abutment.
If you are interested in a dental implant consultation, schedule an appointment with our online scheduling tool or call us today.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Implant?
After you have completed your consultation and decided that dental implants are the best treatment option for you, we will schedule an appointment to get the dental implant placed. This procedure normally takes 1-2 hours. After the implant has been placed, we will generally wait 4-6 months before fitting you for the crown. This time period is very important as it is key that we give your gums and bone enough time to heal. In total, it usually takes 4-12 months to complete the process from start to finish.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
During the procedure, pain is very minimal as local anesthesia is used. Local anesthesia will numb the nerves surrounding the implant area so you won’t experience any pain. You may feel some pressure but it should not be painful.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort for a couple of days. Follow the aftercare recommendations below to ease your recovery.Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
Dental Implant Aftercare
Following the procedure, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any oral surgery, such as: swelling of the gums and face, pain near the implant site, and minor bleeding.
- Minor Bleeding. It’s common to have a small amount of blood in your saliva for a day or two after your procedure. If you are experiencing bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. If bleeding persists for more than a couple of days, call our office at (205) 810-0844.
- Swelling. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack on the cheek near the surgical area for 10 minutes, then remove the ice pack for 20 minutes and repeat.
- Oral Hygiene. Properly caring for your implants will help them last a lifetime. You should treat your dental implants as you do your natural teeth. This means you should brush and floss, twice a day, and have regular dental checkups.
- Pain Management. We will usually prescribe you pain medication following your surgery. You will likely want to take pain medication regularly for the first couple of days following your procedure. Any pain you experience should gradually subside over the first week following the procedure.
It is important to avoid spitting, sucking on straws, or smoking for at least a week following your surgery. This can dislodge the blood clot and slow the healing process. It is also important to stay hydrated and eat plenty of nourishing food to help you heal quicker. Eating can be challenging following the surgery, so we recommend eating soft, cool foods and chewing away from the implant site to avoid disturbing the healing process.
Meet Your Dental Implant Specialist in Pinson, AL
Dr. Dane Grovenstein
Dr. Dane Grovenstein is an expert in dental implants. He has taken hundreds of hours of implant-specific education. For Dr. Grovenstein, the best part of his job is the opportunity to improve his patient's overall health by providing quality dental care in a comfortable environment.