Dental implants can improve your life. If you are looking for affordable dental implants near Richmond, Texas, we are happy to help you. We are a respected and established company known for its excellent service and fair prices. Since their invention, dental implants have been helping people avoid the discomfort and inconvenience of dentures. Modern dental implants are safer, more comfortable, and cheaper than ever before.
How are dental implants different from dentures?
Dental implants are artificial replacements for the roots of your teeth. They are metal screws that dentists fix to your jaw bone. The dental implants hold ceramic crowns in place to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a much better alternative to dentures or partial dentures.
Dental implants feel just like having your own teeth, and dental implants are permanent. Dentures can be an inconvenient hassle to remove and put back in place; dental implants are much better tooth replacements. It can also boost your self-esteem to have dental implants instead of dentures.
Do you need to be unconscious during your operation?
Usually not. A local anesthetic is enough to make the procedure painless. However, some dentists do put people to sleep for these operations. If you are frightened by the idea of being conscious while having your implants put in, you may request that we put you to sleep, or at least sedate you. Since general anesthesia is risky, doctors do not like to put anyone to sleep unless it is vital to do this. Local anesthesia is safer for a relatively minor operation, such as a tooth implant.
Are dental implants affordable?
Not everyone can afford them, although they do improve people’s lives by enough that many people get them even if they might have to take out a loan to do so. In Richmond, Texas, an implant that replaces a single tooth tends to cost three or four thousand dollars. It may cost more if you require other surgeries before getting the implant, but three or four thousand is the usual standard. You do not have to pay a medical expense all at once; there are ways for you to pay it off over time. Depending on how easy the surgery is for us to do, it might cost well under three thousand dollars. A few thousand dollars is a very rough figure.
Does getting implants only require one operation?
Generally not. You will usually need one operation to put the implant in place, and then another surgery to attach the crown to the implant. Typically, a dentist cannot do both of these things on the same day. However, depending on how healthy your bone is and what type of implant you need, it might be possible to do both on the same day in the best cases. Don’t be surprised if it takes more than two operations with months between each.
I have had a tooth pulled recently. Can I get an implant right away?
No. You must wait roughly four months after having a tooth removed before we can put in an implant to replace it. After you have a tooth extracted, the bone will regrow. The bone must fully heal before we can put an implant in place.
Will my gums grow over the implant before a crown is put in place?
Yes, your gums will grow over the implant. We might need to schedule a minor additional operation to remove some of the gum tissue and make the gum tissue fit the crown properly.
Do dental implants hurt?
Not only do they not hurt in the long run, but they usually don’t hurt in the short term either. There will be some rather than no discomfort at first, but usually not any actual pain and nothing that will keep you out of work. If there is any pain, it is mild enough that common pain medication can treat it.
We might recommend that you avoid certain foods and practice other positive habits in the weeks after your operation. Hot tea or coffee is not a good idea while you are recovering from surgery. You should not eat or drink anything that slows down the healing process.
As well as avoiding hot drinks, you should keep the implant as clean as possible, not do very heavy exercise, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and use rubber stimulators to help the tissue recover as quickly as possible. If you follow these precautions, the recovery should be quite painless.
What are the health risks of dental implants?
As well as the threat of your body rejecting the implant, there are some other problems. Any surgery is dangerous because even surgeons can make mistakes sometimes. If the surgeon drills the implant in too deeply, it may enter the sinus and cause sinus problems. As with all surgery, there is also the possibility of infection, which antibiotics can take care of. The operation also has a 1% chance of nerve damage, although this usually merely causes a tingling feeling on the face periodically and does not bother those who experience it. While the benefits of the relatively safe operation outweigh the risks, it is still surgery, and all surgery is risky.
Is there any chance that insurance fully covers these implants?
Insurance is not likely to fully cover dental implants. However, there is a good chance of partial coverage. What you can expect is for insurance to cover roughly half of your costs. We will let you know in advance how much your insurance is willing to pay for.
Do dental implants last forever?
Yes! One of the best things about modern dental implants is that they stay in your mouth for life and never have to be replaced. The implants successfully replace your tooth roots and tend not to cause any problems even after you have had the implants for a very long time.
What are the odds of a dental implant succeeding?
There is a 98% chance of your implant succeeding for at least ten years. Unfortunately, there is the risk of your body rejecting the implant. This is similar to what can happen when someone has an organ transplant. The body might refuse to accept the organ, with the immune system attacking it. Rejection will lead to swelling and pain, as the immune system goes into overdrive attacking the organ or implant.
While the body is less likely to reject titanium than other metals, rejection is still possible. It is also possible, although unlikely, for a person to be allergic to titanium. If you are allergic, you will have to have your implant removed. Non-metal implants exist and are another option.
Do dental implants cause cancer?
Dental implants will not increase a healthy person’s risk of cancer. Dental implants are titanium, which is a safe metal that does not harm the body in any way. Titanium implants have been safely used in dentistry and other surgery for many years. Dental implants will not cause other diseases, either. Having titanium in your body is safe.
An exception to the general rule is if a person has had radiation therapy on their mouth before. Someone who has been treated for oral cancer before cannot have implants as there is then a cancer risk.
What steps does one have to go through to get an implant?
First, a dentist will need as much information about your dental health and overall health status as possible. Your mouth will have to be examined in detail. Ordinary X-rays are not enough, and you will need a 3D scan to determine exactly how to fit implants into your mouth.
The dentist will also need to know about any health problem that might make it dangerous for you to get dental implants. Bone diseases are a risk factor. If you have previously had radiation therapy, you might (it depends, ask your dentist) not be able to get dental implants. Usually, a single issue that makes implants more dangerous is not enough to prevent you from being eligible for this surgery. Once the medical evaluation is complete, your dentist will create a treatment plan. More than one dentist may be involved in the process. A specialist might put the implants in place, and then a regular dentist might attach the crowns to the implants at a later date.
After the planning is done, dates for your surgeries will be scheduled. The first task will be to drill a hole in your bone using a special dental tool. The implant will then be placed into the hole. After that, the dentist will add a cap containing medicine to help the wound heal. A second operation might be required if the implant is not in place securely enough.
After the implant is successfully in place, your dentist will schedule a second operation where a crown will be attached to the implant. This will not happen for months, because the bone must be given time to attach to the implant before the crown can be attached. We will also take detailed 3D pictures of your mouth after a few months to know exactly how the crown should fit into your mouth.
We will then attach the crown, and if all goes well, your implant should not need any further surgeries. It should remain in your mouth for as long as you live without problems. You should recover from the surgery quickly and have a better quality of life afterward.
Do dental implants break sometimes?
While this is uncommon, it is possible. Usually, an implant breaking is not a big deal and will not require you to get the implant removed. It depends on where the break is. Breaks tend to be easy to fix, but if the break is in the wrong spot, we will have to remove it. Removing a badly broken dental implant is an operation and requires an expert. You will not be able to get a new implant put in on the day of your operation, only a new implant later on.
Can you switch from dentures to dental implants?
Yes, dental implants are a better although more expensive alternative to typical dentures. Implants might not be an option if you have extensive bone loss, but you can usually move from dentures to implants if you can afford the implants.
When you switch from dentures to implants, your quality of life may improve considerably. You might be able to chew tougher foods like corn on the cob again. Implants feel much better in your mouth than dentures. You will no longer have to bother with an adhesive if you have implants. You will look better with implants than with dentures as well.
Why do dental implants not fall out of your mouth?
Dental implants artificially replace the roots of your teeth. After the dentist puts your implant in, the bone will bond to the titanium and hold the implant securely in place. It will take a few months for the bond to become as strong as it should be.
Your implant may fall out of your mouth of the bone does not attach to the metal properly. If the implant still feels loose after months, that may be because the bone is not fusing to the metal as it should.
What metal do they use in implants?
Modern dental implants are usually but not always titanium. Titanium is a very durable metal that will not corrode over time, and it is easy for the body to accept without an adverse reaction. Another option besides Titanium is Zirconia. Zirconia is not a metal at all, so it is an excellent choice for those with metal allergies. Zirconia is a crystal, and as far as we know, it is not even possible to be allergic to Zirconia.
Can people of any age have this operation?
You are never too young or too old for these implants. Older people are more likely to have health problems that can interfere with getting implants, but it is specific health problems and not age that is the deciding factor.
How can you help me afford dental implants?
You do not have to pay for your surgery all at once. Since you will need multiple operations to get your dental implants, you can pay for these different operations separately. You may also be able to find a company that will loan you the money with little interest. Look up the online lending service “lending club” and see if you have a good chance at finding a medical loan.
It is not usually difficult to get medical loans at a fair rate. A company such as care credit may be willing to help you out. We will also accept payment by credit card, but you are better off getting a medical loan as the interest should be lower. If you can afford to pay for your surgery immediately with a single payment, this can save you money, but many or most people cannot afford to pay for their surgery right away. It is normal to pay for medical expenses by going into debt temporarily.
Is there a risk of the surgery being more expensive than I expect it to be?
Yes, that is, unfortunately, possible. You might need more operations than some other patients do. For example, you might have too much bone loss to have your implants put in immediately. You will then need a bone graft before we can consider implants, which will add to the total cost of having your implants put in. You will know how much a bone graft will cost in advance if you need a bone graft.
If I need a bone grafting procedure first, will this make it take longer to get my implants?
Yes. There will be some months between your bone graft operation and getting your implants, and then another few months between getting your implants and getting your crown installed. The bone has to have enough time to heal between each of these operations.
I have heard that anyone with blood flow problems is at risk if they get dental implants. Is that true?
Yes and no, dental implants are likely to work even if a person has poor blood flow, but the risks for people with blood flow problems are higher. Smoking is one thing that can cause blood flow problems; diabetes is another. Dentists strongly recommend that you quit smoking before having dental implant surgery and continue to stay away from nicotine after your operation.
However, even if you continue to smoke before and after having your implants put in, your body will probably not reject the implants. Smoking raises the risks, but dental implants remain relatively safe even if you continue to smoke. A person with diabetes can still get dental implants. While it will take longer for the bone to attach to the metal implant if you have diabetes-related blood flow problems, the operation will most likely still work. There is a difference between uncontrolled and controlled diabetes. If you manage your diabetes properly, implants will not pose any danger.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for anyone that needs them and can afford them. If you need implants and find implants difficult to afford, remember that you may be eligible for a medical loan and that your insurance may cover half of the cost of the implants. Even if you have only a few teeth missing, dental implants are a good idea. They do not interfere with the rest of your teeth. We don’t need to remove any teeth before we add implants. If you are interested in dental implants in the Richmond, Texas area, give us a call today.