As a leading dentist in the Springfield, IL area, at Renken Dentistry we have a 3D scanner in-house and welcome you to book an appointment with our office for a dental implant consultation that includes a FREE 3D Scan and Personalized 5 Point Plan.
Dental implants are changing the lives of our patients with missing teeth for the better. Both full-size and mini implants are helping people find renewed confidence and restored mouth function. They can eat, speak, smile and laugh again with ease and comfort.
An implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to act as a substitute tooth root. Once in place, a small portion of the post will show through the gum. This protruding titanium piece is the strong, durable anchor for the replacement tooth. The prosthetic tooth can be a crown, dentures, a bridge, or a partial. Full dental implants are preferred for healthy patients with plenty of bone, who need to replace one or more teeth with a crown, while mini dental implants are used for smaller than normal teeth and incisors, and are typically used as anchors for dentures.
Sometimes an implant can be placed the same day the old tooth is removed; sometimes healing must first occur. Ask your dentist about your options for temporary teeth while you go through the healing process. Will they removable? How long will you need to use the temporary teeth?
This is the most critical factor in making implants work, and why a 3D image of the implant location is so vital.
A new implant needs good bone on all sides to stay healthy in the long-term. Only a 3D scan measures bone shape and quality, so the implant length and shape are just right for you. A 3D scan also shapes your options if bone needs to be added. The information from the scan serves as a guide for implants to be placed in just the right spot and to ensure your safety.
Medicines you’re taking may complicate implants, as well as chronic health issues past or present. Your body needs to heal around the implant and maintain its connection to the bone for years to come.
A thorough health review at the time of your implant consultation is the first step for a great outcome. Tell your doctor about all medicines you’re taking, even if they don’t seem related to teeth.
Everybody is different — some patients get an implant and head back to work the same day. Others might need a few days to return to normal activity.
The key is to work with a proactive dentist who thoroughly explores your situation. You then will arrive at a plan together that is just right for you.
Numerous steps may be involved with implants so costs can be tricky. Ask about costs for things like tooth removal (if needed), bone augmentation, abutments and crowns (that ultimately make them a tooth) as well as sedation services and whether or not your insurance will help cover the costs.
Some offices provide bundle pricing for the entire process to remove the mystery and complexity. Don’t start a procedure until you feel completely comfortable with the arrangement!