What is a dental implant?
Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots that your periodontist surgically places in the jaw bone. They either support fixed single crowns, bridges, or removable dentures.
How long do dental implants last?
If you take great care of your dental implants, they can last a lifetime. Many patients have successfully had functional implants for over 15 years, and the likelihood that your dental implant will be fully functional past 10 years is 90%. Dental implants are a very durable option for tooth replacement!
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
We will perform a thorough exam to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, or to give advice on how you can become a candidate. Dr. Dean offers Zygoma implants, a great new option for patients who have been denied implant dentures or bridges due to bone loss in the jaw. The All-on-Four dental implant technique uses four dental implants to secure a cosmetic denture.
Are there age restrictions for dental implants?
There is no specific age restriction for dental implants, however, it is important that patients’ jawbone has stopped growing, and that they have ample bone density. There is no age restriction for dental implants other than needing to have a fully grown jawbone and enough bone density to support them.
What are the costs of dental implants?
The final cost of dental implants treatment will vary between patients, so we encourage you to visit our office for a consultation to discuss your treatment.
Are dental implants costly?
Breakthroughs in technology have made receiving dental implants more affordable and within reach than ever before. An assessment of different treatment outcomes will show that with a little more spending, the strength and longevity of implants are a better investment in the long term.
Do I have the option of being sedated during surgery?
Yes. There are two types of sedation that are available to you. We offer oral sedation, which helps you feel relaxed, or I.V. conscious sedation, which allows you to be in a natural sleep during your surgery.
Should I be concerned about radiation from multiple X-rays?
Fortunately, with the advancement of dental tools and the use of digital X-rays, we are able to use less than half of the standard radiation. X-rays are not only safe but also a great tool in diagnosing dental problems!
What do you do to make your patients more comfortable during surgery?
Most surgeries are not painful; however, you may experience some tenderness associated with the surgical site. In most cases, patients will not need a narcotic prescription. Dr. Dean will prescribe an anti-inflammatory, which will not hinder you from your daily routine or activities.
Will Dr. Dean fabricate the crown for my implant?
No, your general dentist will fabricate the restorations for your implants. Although, Dr. Dean will preform the surgical part of your dental implant plan. He and your general dentist will work closely throughout the entire process.
What are the benefits of laser treatment?
For select surgeries, Dr. Dean is able to decrease the amount of trauma and speed up healing times by using the Biolase laser. This laser also enables Dr. Dean to perform some surgeries without the use of sutures.