Our Richmond, TX dental office is proud to offer dental implant services at an affordable cost.
Dental Implants have revolutionized teeth replacement options for patients all across the world. The advent of titanium rods inserted into our jawbones was patented by the great clinician Branemark, and it is now what so many people look for to help them regain their chewing function as well as improving their cosmetic appearance. Below are some question regarding dental implants. If you are needing to have any other questions answered, or are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact our expert team today.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screw that are placed inside your jaw that allow you to replace your missing teeth. They have been on the dental market for over 40 years now, and have recently began to become the primary option for tooth replacement needs. Scientists discovered that after the placement of titanium into our jaws, a titanium bond forms over the course of a few months to establish fusion between the titanium and our own bone tissue. Once this fusion has completed, your dentist can start helping you make a dental crown that fits on top of the implant, which becomes a permanent tooth replacement option for you.
Should you be put to sleep for your dental implant procedure?
Most of our patients are NOT put to sleep for the procedure, but if you are having a lot of dental anxiety, we do offer sedation dentistry options for all our patients. Talk to our surgery team at your appointment to see if you are wanting to be put to sleep for your dental implant treatment.
How much do dental implants cost?
The average cost of dental implants in Richmond, Tx is $3,500. This is for a single dental implant, abutment, and crown. Prices may vary based on the doctor who is treating you, how many dental implants you need, and if any additional procedures will be needed (such as a sinus lift or bone grafting procedure(s)).
Average Cost of Dental Implants in Richmond, TX
|Type of Dental Implant Treatment||Average Cost||Price Range||Our Price|
|Single Dental Implant (implant, abutment, and crown included)||$3,500||$2,500-$5,000||$1,999|
|All on 4 Dental Implants (upper and lower arch)||$55,000||$40,000-$65,000||$36,000|
|Snap on Dental Implants (upper and lower arch)||$15,000||$12,000-$20,000||$8,000|
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Normally, its not prudent to complete your dental implant treatment in one day. The implants normally take a few months to stabilize in your bone. There are cases where the restorations can be completed, as seen with the All-on-4 same day dental implant procedure. The reason why these implants can be restored the same day is because once the hybrid denture is delivered very little pressure is exerted on each implant. This allows them to heal while you go about your daily life with normal chewing functions, and a new glowing smile you can be proud of. These same day dental implants can work wonderfully if the case is chosen properly, and your clinical team is up to task in performing the job correctly. Sometimes our bone tissue is weak, and you will need to let your implants to heal prior to their restoration.
How soon after a dental extraction can you get a dental implant?
Our recommendation is to wait at least 4 months after your tooth extraction to get a dental implant. This allows for bone to replace the missing space, and the area has completely healed.
Do gums grow around dental implants?
If your surgeon or dentist is placing your dental implant, and restoring into a two step process, then yes, your gum tissue will initially grow over the implant screw once it has been placed. An uncovery appointment a few months after implant insertion will re-open your gum tissue, and will allow your dentist to shape your gum tissue to match the dental crown that will sit on top of it.
Are Dental Implants painful?
Dental Implants do not hurt at all. In fact, after they are placed most people return to work the very next day. Some swelling and discomfort may be felt after the procedure, but with proper medication this is handled fairly well by most people.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
They are very safe. Because the material they are made of is titanium, the bottom freely accepts this implants and helps it fuse with our own bone structure. Since it is considered a minimally invasive surgery when they are placed, risks of infection, bleeding, and numbness will be there, but at an extremely low rate of occurrence. Whether you are a young adult or an elderly man, dental implants are not only safe, but they can improve your overall general health.
Are Dental Implants covered by insurance?
Some dental and medical insurances cover a portion of your dental implant. Depending on the plan, a certain percentage may be paid by your insurance carrier. Come visit us at Best Dental so that Dr. Jasmine and her team can inform you if your particular plan falls under this category. Most insurance carriers will typically pay 50% of your dental implant coverage.
Are Dental Implants permanent or are they removable?
They are a permanent replacement option for your missing tooth or teeth. The titanium cylinder fuses with our own bone structure and acts analogous to our own tooth roots to stabilize the crown that is placed on top of it. After their placement, there is a chemical bond that forms between your bone and the dental implant allowing it to remain permanently in place.
Can Dental Implants fall out or fail?
They can. Around 98% of implants placed are successful up to 10 years, but there are cases of implant failure where the implant just does not integrate with our own bone tissue. Risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, and systemic illnesses reduce the chance of dental implant fusion and success. Smoking is normally considered a major cause of dental implant failure.
Can Dental Implants cause health problems like cancer or other illnesses?
No they can’t. Since the core of the dental implant is composed of titanium, it is freely accepted by the body. There are no studies that has linked implant placement with any systemic illnesses. Systemic illnesses that are present in the patient can lower the chance of dental implant success.
What are the procedures in placing an implant?
The dental implant procedure requires a series of steps. Let’s go through them
- A treatment plan along with a 3D scan (x-ray) is performed to accurately measure if you are a candidate for dental implants.
- A thorough medical history is also performed to see if there are any contraindications in your health history. Diseases like multiple myeloma, osteoporosis, and previous radiation treatment to/and near the jaw area are some of the major contraindications to dental implant placement.
- Once the treatment plan is complete and your scan is analyzed, we will prepare you for dental implant placement whether its that same day, or another day of your liking.
- The dental implant placement is prepared with a set of rotary files that form a socket where the implant is to be placed.
- Next, the dental implant titanium cylinder is slowly placed into this open socket using a specialized dental hand piece.
- Once the implant is placed in the proper position, we will determine what material to cover it with. If the implant is placed and is very stable, we place a healing abutment (also known as healing caps). If the implant placement shows that the implant is loose and not that stable, we place a a cover screw to allow the dental implant to integrate with your own bone tissue (this takes a period of 4-5 months).
- After a period of around 4 months, we take an impression of the dental implant. This impression goes to our state of the art laboratory who constructs a custom made dental crown that sits on top of your dental implant.
- The crown or cap is either cemented on or screwed into place.
These are the main steps in implant placement. As you can see it really is not too complicated, and most of our patients have an easy recovery process after dental implant placement.
Can Implants actually break?
Yes they can. There are rare occurrences of dental implant breakage. The majority of the time, the break occurs in the abutment that connects the dental implant and the dental crown, and all we would have to do is replace that part. If the dental implant itself breaks, then we would have to remove it, and place another one some time in the future. Removal of dental implants can be very difficulty if they have fused with your bone. You will want a dental implant expert removing your implant.
Can Implants replace dentures?
They can certainly replace your traditional denture that uses only your gum tissue to stabilize itself. With dental implants, there are two main type of specialized dentures that can be constructed. The snap-on dentures also known as Implant-Supported-Overdentures and/or a permanent denture that cannot be removed from the mouth called a Hybrid denture. Both options are available, and during your consultation appointment, Dr. Jasmine Naderi will let you know which type of implant prosthesis is best suited for you.
How do dental implants work (how do they stay in place)?
Once dental implants are placed into your bone tissue, there is a chemical bond that form between your own bone and the titanium that resides on the surface of the implant. This chemical bond takes around 3-5 months to completely form and stabilize. Afterwards, the implant is stable and ready to receive its corresponding dental crown or cap.
What are implants made of?
They are mainly composed of titanium, which is an element or material that is freely accepted by the body. The same material is used for procedures like hip-replacements, and knee replacement surgeries.
Are there any age limitations on implant placement?
There are absolutely no age restrictions. The key factors that we look at when determining if someone is a good candidate for a dental implant is his or her health history and the quantity (how much) bone they have in that area. Once again, age plays no role in our treatment planning phase.
What are the financing options available in getting an Implant?
At Best Dental, we offer many forms of payment options.
- Pay as you go: Since there are 3 stages in dental implant placement and the corresponding dental cap placement, costs can be broken down into three payments if this is the route you want to take.
- Third Party Financing: A secure third party source (Care Credit, Lending Club, and many others) can be used to finance your dental implant. Most of these programs allow for no money down payment, and minimal monthly payments at zero interest.
- One up front payment: This allows you to save even more. Ask us about this during your consultation visit.
We accept most forms of credit card payments, cash, and checks. Please speak with our finance coordinator during you visit for more details.
Will there be any additional costs to the dental implant procedure?
There may be. If someone does not have enough bone volume, additional procedures such as bone grafting may be necessary to prepare the site for a dental implant. A bone graft is a material which helps the body stimulate lost bone in the area where we want to place your implant. If we determine that you will need that area grafted before implant placement, we will inform you during your consultation visit. The costs of the bone grafting procedure will also be given to you at that time.
How long do I have to wait after my bone grafting procedure to get my Implant?
We usually recommend at least 4-6 months. This way, your body has time to completely heal and make the adequate bone that is needed to receive your dental implant.
Can Dental Implants get infected?
Just like your own tooth can get infected, dental implants can also get infected and fail. Although this rarely happens, we do see it from time to time. Uncontrolled diabetics and smokers are at higher risk of this complication than most others.
Why are smokers and diabetics at higher risk of implant failure or infection?
Dental Implants need a good blood supply for them to integrate properly with your bone tissue. Diabetics and smokers slowly lose their blood supply in these areas making this fusion between the implant and bone more difficult. Although the chances of failure is still low, compared to the rest of the population the chances of implant failure is still higher.
We hope this page is given you a solid educational foundation of what dental implants are, how they work, and what risk factors there are in placing them. Dr. Jasmine Naderi, and her dental team will let you know if Dental Implants will be right for you at your consultation appointment. To learn about dental implants, please visit Dr. Jasmine at her Richmond, TX dental office today! We hope to meet you soon.