What are Dental Implants?
Our patients love their dental implants for all these reasons and because they’re easy to take care of. Implants don’t require special care or tools — you can simply take care of them as if they’re natural teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
At your consultation, Dr. Henninger will examine your oral health and determine whether you need supplemental procedures. Dental implants require gum and bone health, and these procedures can improve your implant’s chance of success.
Once you’ve been cleared for a dental implant, Dr. Henninger can surgically place your titanium fixture. The surgery itself is quick and accurate thanks to the CBCT technology we use to create a 3D model of your mouth.
Healing takes the most time during the dental implant process. During this stage, your implant will integrate with your jawbone during osseointegration, creating a strong base for your new tooth.
When your fixture has successfully bonded with your jawbone, you’ll be able to receive the final pieces of your dental implant. The abutment connects the fixture to your beautiful crown, the only part of the implant anyone will see. It’s color-matched to your other teeth, so it’ll blend in seamlessly.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
While dental implants are a great option for most people, there are some considerations you may have to make before getting them. Some people need supplemental procedures such as gum grafting or bone grafting before the dental implant procedure for a higher likelihood of success.
Luckily, Dr. Henninger can perform all of these procedures right here in his office. This ensures your dental implant procedure goes as smoothly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental implants last?
Having a regular and thorough oral hygiene routine can help your dental implants to last longer. Care for dental implants isn’t difficult and consists of regular brushing and flossing, as well as 6-month checkups at the dentist.
We recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste, and gentle floss so you don’t scratch the surface of your implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
Many insurance companies cover at least part of the cost of dental implants, but if you’re concerned about payment, contact our office by calling 760-542-1597. We’ll be able to talk through your options with you.
One convenient way to pay for dental implants is through a financing plan. We work with several financing companies that can break your payment cost down into affordable monthly increments. That way, you can keep your budget intact and have a beautiful smile on your face.
How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?
While regular oral hygiene is a breeze, it’s important to take extra special care of your mouth right after surgery. The healing process is vital to the success of your implant and your actions during this time can make all the difference.
Until your surgical site has healed, it’s important for you to avoid using a straw, be gentle when spitting, and stick to soft foods that won’t irritate your mouth. Dr. Henninger will give you detailed care instructions for after your surgery.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants also help improve your oral health by promoting jawbone regrowth. One of the effects of tooth loss is a weakening of the jawbone, resulting in physical changes as well as taking an emotional toll. Implants strengthen your jaw to prevent these changes.
A strong jawbone helps to keep the rest of your teeth from harm and can keep you from looking older. Other tooth replacement options may worsen jawbone health, but even if you require full arches of dental implants, they’ll help you to look younger.
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
If you’re concerned about affording dental implants, our office can help you. We work with several third-party financing companies that can break down your treatment cost into smaller monthly payments. That way, you can get the beautiful smile you deserve without worrying about your budget.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
Complications with dental implants are few and far between, but some potential issues are infections, nerve damage, and sinus problems. If you experience any of these symptoms, we’re here to guide you through the next steps.
Dr. Henninger is an experienced implant dentist and he uses CBCT scans for more accurate implant placement. This reduces the likelihood of a complication during surgery and helps to keep you safe.
Discover Your Brand-New Smile
Your new smile is within reach — simply call our office at 760-542-1597 or fill out the online contact form located on this page. We’ll be happy to speak with you about your dental implant options and to schedule a consultation so you can begin your journey.