Dental Implant Questions
What is the Difference Between Dental Implants and Dentures?
Dentures cannot match the benefits of dental implants. Dentures have nothing to anchor them and keep them from moving. Most upper dentures have suction to help keep them in place, but suction can be broken with a sneeze, or cough, or laugh. Broken suction means dentures fall down. Denture adhesives for upper dentures can help, but adhesives can cause nausea, loss of taste, and appetite loss. Adhesives are a sticky mess. Lower dentures have no suction and move during speaking and eating. The lips and tongue keep a lower denture from being stable and adhesives don’t work well for lower dentures because of saliva.
Dental implants actually fuse to the jawbone, giving the strongest foundation for replacement teeth. You may have the option of getting dentures which are anchored by dental implants, or fixed replacement teeth with dental crowns anchored by dental implants, which provide a solution for missing tooth replacement that stay in your mouth, and are the closest to what Mother Nature had provided before tooth loss. Several factors determine if you choose removable teeth or fixed teeth anchored by dental implants. You may choose removable teeth because it is easier to clean removable teeth, or you may be used to removable teeth, or you may want to invest less in the final result you achieve. Dr. Vincent Tavormina is trained to make every possible option available to you based on your unique needs.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
If you are missing teeth, when you consider all the benefits that dental implants offer, they are simply the best option to fill those gaps! Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Tavormina to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. Your consultation with Dr. Tavormina will really help you clarify and answer the question as to whether dental implants are right for you. Our Millburn office believes in providing the highest caliber dental implant solutions with a dentist patients can completely trust – one doctor who begins with the end result you want in mind, to provide the best results for you, one location for your convenience - one doctor comprehensively trained to handle every aspect of implant dentistry from the placement of dental implants, to bone grafting, to sinus lifts, if needed, and the final restoration of a beautiful, comfortably functioning smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium tooth roots which are surgically embedded into your jawbone. Titanium is used because your body will not reject it following the surgery.
What can dental implants do?
Dental implants are able to effectively hold dentures, dental bridges, and dental crowns in place permanently, acting just like natural tooth roots.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are placed in a multi-step process. The first step of the dental implant process is coming to our office for a consultation to determine if you are candidate. The next step of the process is the surgery in which the titanium tooth roots will be embedded into your jawbone. Next is the osseointeration period where the dental implants actually fuse with your jawbone. The final step will be the placement of the permanent crowns or bridges onto your dental implants.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The dental implant process will take a few months from beginning to end, and will vary from patient to patient. This is necessary to ensure the dental implants are properly integrated with the jawbone. Patients have commented that dental implants are completely worth the wait and the best decision they ever made for themselves.
What makes a good candidate for dental implants?
Good candidates for dental implants are those who have sufficient bone to support the implants and have generally healthy gums.
What treatments are available if I do not qualify for dental implants?
In some cases, patients who do not immediately qualify for dental implants may be able to undergo bone grafting surgery. These surgeries add the bone that is needed to enable the placement of dental implants where the bone was lacking. If patients are still ineligible for these treatments, they have the option of getting dentures. Dr. Tavormina is able to, in most every case, turn patients from non-candidates to candidates for dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
The average cost of dental implants will vary on the number of implants required and the complexity of your case. It is imperative you come in for a consultation to get a proper estimate of the cost.
Will dental implants be covered by my insurance?
In some cases the cost of dental implants is partially covered by your insurance provider; however, keep in mind that your insurance will not cover the full cost, even if dental implants are included in your dental benefits plan. Our Millburn office is also able to help our patients with payment plans and Care Credit.
How can I learn more about dental implants?
If you would like more information about dental implants and how they can benefit your specific case, be sure to contact our Millburn office today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Tavormina.
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