A dental implant is a remarkable technology that replaces a missing tooth root. These root replacements are typically combined with crowns, a bridge or a denture to replace entire missing teeth. Dental implants allow for these teeth replacements to be independent and not rely on (and potentially damage) neighboring teeth. Neighboring teeth need not be prepared in any way for a dental implant to succeed.
A dental implant is a titanium screw placed in the jawbone. After placement, your Sacramento dentist allows the area to heal over a course of 3-6 months. During this period, the jawbone fuses around the implant, engaging in osseointegration. This fusion of bone and implant means that the implant will become securely, naturally rooted in your jaw. Once healed, you will return to your dentist to take an impression for a crown. When the crown arrives and is bonded to your implant, you will be the proud owner of a brand new, permanent tooth.
Your experience may vary depending on your oral health and personal needs. Dr. Montalvo or Dr. Andrade will lay out the details of your treatment plan before beginning the implant process, so that you’re aware of every step of the procedure. In most cases, you will have several appointments – a consultation to evaluate your health and determine your treatment plan, implant surgery, and placement of your permanent restoration once your implants have healed. There may also be subsequent followup appointments to ensure your implants’ success.
No, surgery is not painful. The treatment area will be fully numbed so that you do not experience discomfort when your implant is placed. We also offer sedation options for patients with dental anxiety or who are concerned about the procedure. Our goal is to make your treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
After your implant is placed, you will need to undergo a healing period during which the implant integrates with your jaw bone (osseointegration). This allows the implant to act as a stable foundation for your crown, bridge or denture. This period typically takes several months. Once osseointegration is complete, your final restoration can be put in place.
It is rare for dental insurance to cover implants, although some medical insurance plans may offer some coverage. Implant costs can vary significantly depending on the number you are receiving and the complexity of your treatment plan. We do everything possible to make implants affordable for our patients, including patient financing and payment plans. We will provide information about all associated costs upfront so that you can plan financially for your implants.
We do everything possible to help interested patients prepare for implants. If you have been missing teeth for some time, you may benefit from a bone graft to augment the area and create adequate bone tissue for an implant. If you have periodontal disease or other oral health concerns, we will treat these to return your mouth to health. Many individuals are implant candidates, and if you aren’t certain whether they’re right for you, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.