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At Alondra Dental Care, our team can restore your beautiful smile with dental implants. Keep reading to learn more about the dental implants procedure.
You can think of implants as a foundation to hold replacement teeth. Implants go hand-in-hand with dentures, but instead of the dentures popping out, the implants hold them in place. This allows for a stronger bite, and you’ll have the freedom to enjoy a wide range of foods that denture wearers typically need to avoid, like crunchy apples and tough steak.
The procedure for dental implants involves inserting a titanium anchor into the jaw bone which then functions as a new tooth root. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong facial structure and preventing further tooth deterioration. It’s a similar process to using a screw to hold together broken bones, only on a smaller scale. Remember, you will be under anesthesia, and you will not feel the procedure.
Our Norwalk office loves dental implants. We truly see them changing the way our patients live by allowing them to rediscover the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
Dental implants begin with a consultation in our Norwalk office. During these consultation visits, Dr. Abad will discuss your health history and make sure that implants are an advisable next step. We will explain all of the many benefits and possible risks of the procedure so you feel confident and comfortable in your decision. If you have questions about your insurance or the cost of dental implants, we’re happy to address those as well.
For most patients, this is a two-surgery process. First, we have to place the dental implants in your jaw. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants will bond with the surrounding bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. In the meantime, our lab will create the permanent denture which will eventually connect to the implant.
After a few months of bone bonding and healing, the second phase of the dental implants procedure begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. We’ll then add the posts—or attachments—that will hold your new teeth. In total, the process usually takes six to eight months. Most of our Norwalk patients do not experience any disruption in their daily lives when getting dental implants.
One of the top benefits of dental implants is that they help to stimulate and preserve your jaw bone, therefore preventing the loss of bone caused by missing teeth. You’ll also love the fact that dental implants are easy to maintain, as you don’t have to worry about cavities forming in your replacement teeth.
In addition, when properly placed in the jaw bone, implants are comfortable. They eliminate the discomforts associated with dentures, which can easily slip in the mouth.
At Alondra Dental Care, we stand out for our extensive dental implant expertise, having years of experience with placing implants. We also use only the latest technologies, like our three-dimensional dental scanning technology. This state-of-the-art equipment allows us to take a digital impression of your teeth without having to use uncomfortable and messy putty molds. An accurate digital impression will help to ensure that you receive a dental implant that best resembles the function and appearance of your natural teeth.
When you visit our office for dental implants in Norwalk, you can also expect a thoroughly sterilized, comfortable, and clean space every time. It’s just one more way we like to show our commitment to top-notch care.
Considering how life-changing they are, dental implants are quite affordable. They generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000 each depending on the procedure’s complexity and type. For example, factors that impact patients’ implant procedure costs include whether they have to undergo bone grafting as part of the implant procedure. No two implant treatments are alike, so we will need to evaluate your unique case to determine what your cost will be.
Fortunately, most insurance plans cover dental implants, and we accept plans from all PPOs from providers like Anthem, Blue Shield, Delta, and Humana. If your insurance plan covers implants, we’ll walk you through how much of the procedure is covered and help you to maximize your benefits.
If your insurance plan doesn’t cover the cost of dental implants in Norwalk, don’t worry—we have flexible financing options! We’ll go over all of our options with you so that you can undergo your dental implants procedure with confidence.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
You do need a healthy jaw bone to hold the implants, and the gum tissue needs to be healthy. Health is more of a factor than age in determining candidacy. If you have decent general and oral health, you should be approved unless there are special circumstances, but you will need the go-ahead from a dentist before undergoing the procedure to get dental implants in Norwalk.
How do you care for dental implants?
Just as implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth, you care for them similarly to natural teeth, with regular flossing and brushing and frequent visits to the dentist. Your dentist may recommend a special low-abrasion toothpaste for you to use or suggest specific care strategies after you receive your dental implants.
How long do dental implants last?
Implants are designed to last, and, assuming proper maintenance, should last a lifetime.
Do dental implants feel natural?
After the natural initial adjustment period, your dental implants in Norwalk should feel natural. If you have any irregularities, contact your dentist.
Dentistry often isn’t people’s favorite subject, yet it can be a potential gold mine in terms of the confidence you can gain when it’s done right. Alondra Dental Care is here to help you get in control of your oral health with restorative dentistry that works. If you’re ready to get started, let us know and we’ll help you with implants or any other services that will give you the smile you deserve.
Schedule an appointment for dental implants in Norwalk with Alondra Dental Care.