Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, fell and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Bacon or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary tooth replacement much like an orthodontic retainer. At the same time, Dr. Bacon designs the final
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone (about 3 months after initial placement), the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small post.
Zirconium Posts-The small post that attaches to the titanium screw that has fused to your bone may now be made with a tooth colored post. Before the advent of the zirconium post, patients often had a "grey" tint where the new tooth emerged from the gum line. With this new technology, there is no grey tint as the emerging new crown is attached to a tooth colored post allowing for a more cosmetic result. Zirconium is very strong. Dr. Bacon took after one (in his lab) with a hammer and could not break it!
Common Questions and Answers
Q. Is this a painful process?
A. Generally not at all. Most patients receive an implant painlessly with only local anesthetic. Many need only a pain medication of Advil's strength to be comfortable that day and continue with normal daily activities.
Q. How long will it be between the time I have a tooth pulled from the time I can have my new tooth?
A. Usually 7-8 months.
Q. What do I do in the meantime? Will there ever be a time I have no tooth?
A. If it is a lower molar that no one can see we leave the space as it is. If there is a cosmetic issue, Dr. Bacon will make a temporary replacement ahead of time so you never go without a tooth!
Q. Can't I just get an implant and a new crown the same day like I see on the T.V.?
A. You can but the likelihood of success is much less. Letting the implant heal for 3 months before it is "loaded" (Used for chewing) has a success rate of 95%. Immediate implants may only have a success rate of 50-75% depending on technique. Keep in mind that placement of an implant is relatively simple but removal of a failed implant is not always a simple surgery.
Q. What is the cost of an implant?
A. There are several factors that contribute to the cost of an implant. The most crucial is if the is sufficient bone to support an implant. A general ball park cost of an implant and crown in Flagstaff with Dr. Bacon is $3000-$3500. Dental insurance often pays 50%. Call Dr. Bacon's dental office at (928) 774-1168 for an evaluation. We will also predetermine your out of pocket cost if you have dental insurance.
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