Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions normally.
Dental Implants in Peoria, AZ
Dental implants are special posts made of titanium alloy that are surgically placed into the jawbone. This can be done to replace individual missing teeth and partial dentures or to support full all-on-4 implants. These posts act as an artificial root for a crown when they are used to replace individual teeth. Dental implants stabilize bone levels and can prevent bone loss, resulting in better long-term support, function, and aesthetics.
Dental implants require less adjustment or shaving of surrounding teeth compared to other restoration methods such as dental bridges. They are more flexible and provide a more natural feeling than dental bridges or full or partial dentures.Request Appointment Call For Your Consultation
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
At Modern Dentistry of Peoria, we provide high-quality affordable dental care so our patients can always receive the treatment they need. The cost of dental implants can vary based on the materials used, insurance coverage, and other factors such as whether bone grafts are required or the type of sedation used. Our office is always happy to provide you with estimates on the cost of a procedure after your initial consultation. The cost of dental implants is approximately:
- $3,500 and up, with multiple implants and full mouth implants costing more
We know many patients are concerned about cost, payment plan options, and insurance coverage when considering dental implants. That is why we allow our patients to make easy monthly payments and why we offer a dental membership plan. Many patients without insurance join our Dental Membership Plan to reduce the cost of their procedures. If you joined our membership plan before getting dental implants you would save at least $250.See Our Dental Membership Plan
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Dental Implant Process at Modern Dentistry of Peoria
- Consultation & Exam. To decide if dental implants are the right restoration method for you we will conduct a full exam, which will include the taking of a dental x-ray, and a discussion of your treatment options.
- Tooth Extraction & Bone Grafting. If any teeth require extraction, the procedure will be scheduled once a treatment plan is established. This will also require recovery time to ensure the site is ready for the implant procedure. Any bone grafting necessary to support the implant will then take place which will require at least a few months to heal.
- Implant placement. Once the site is ready the implantation can take place. The implant will be placed into the jawbone and a healing cap will be placed over the implant. If IV sedation was used you can expect to be out for at least one day if not two or three. Regular check-ups follow this to ensure proper healing.
- Implant healing. After your implant is placed, osseointegration begins. During this, your jawbone heals around the dental implant providing a solid base for your new artificial tooth. This process takes approximately 3 months.
- Abutment & Crown Placement. Once healing is complete the abutment, acting as the connecting piece, and replacement tooth, or crown, can be placed.
Your Dental Implant Expert in Peoria, AZ
Dr. Jaime Tobon
Dr Jaime Tobon is a credentialed dental implant surgeon and a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). He has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education courses just on dental implants as well as an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program where he primarily focused on dental implant surgery.
While in dental school at the University of Missouri School of Dentistry in Kansas City he completed oral surgery externships at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix and at the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.
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Common Questions About Dental Implants
Are dental implants worth it?
Many of our patients ask whether or not dental implants are really worth the cost. While of course, every situation is unique, we have to answer unequivocally, yes. Going without teeth, besides affecting both the look of your smile and your ability to eat, will eventually lead to reduced bone in the jaw and further complications from there. Dental implants stabilize bone levels, unlike dentures or dental bridges.
In a broader sense compared to other restoration methods, again such as crowns, bridges, or traditional dentures, dental implants are without a doubt superior. Offering a more natural feel, fit and greater lifespan, if it's possible, dental implants are absolutely what we recommend and are the restoration method with which our patients report the highest satisfaction.
The confidence and peace of mind that dental implants can give to our patients, particularly those who have previously had dentures, is one of the most fulfilling things to see in our office. Many of our patients are able to truly eat whatever they want for the first time in years and can go out with their families and not have to worry about unstable dentures falling out or affecting their food choices.
Are dental implants painful?
The most painful part of the dental implant process is extracting any teeth that implanted crowns will replace. However, any extraction will include anesthesia and dental sedation meaning little to no pain during the procedure and only a few days of recovery. Any pain experienced after the procedure during recovery should also be manageable using over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen.
Are there any aftercare instructions for dental implants?
Immediately after dental implant placement, you should be careful not to disturb the placement site. This means no chewing near the implant. It also requires very careful cleaning for several weeks to a month after placement. The dental implant takes several months to fuse to the jaw so the fewer disturbances during that period the better. If you have a temporary denture to replace your missing dentition, the denture must not rub on the surgical site.
After implantation, and extraction or grafting if required, you may experience typical discomforts associated with any oral surgery. These can include swelling, pain at the site, and minor bleeding. Below are some specific recommendations for the first 2 weeks after any procedure during this process to ensure proper healing and recovery.
Pain Management. Ibuprofen reduces pain and swelling and is highly recommended after surgery.
Oral Hygiene. Gentle brushing is important to keep the recovering area clean and to avoid irritation from overly aggressive brushing. Warm salt water rinses can also help keep the area clean and reduce pain and swelling.
Minor Bleeding. After oral surgeries, it’s common to have a small amount of blood in your saliva for a day or two. Gently biting on a gauze pad for 30 minutes can help with this. If bleeding continues for more than a few days, contact our office.
Swelling. Besides ibuprofen and saltwater rinses, periodically using an ice pack on the cheek near the affected area can help.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants themselves are meant to last a lifetime. The post itself will fuse with your jawbone and should never require replacement or further intervention unless rare complications occur. Dental crowns, or the artificial tooth itself, that is attached to the dental implant can have a lifetime of between 10 and 30 years. Dental crowns require the same care as normal teeth. With twice-a-day brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups the lifespan of your crown can be greatly increased.
Dental implants are a very safe and effective type of restoration dentistry. However, there is a small chance that the dental implant will fail to integrate with the jawbone in the short term period after implantation and need to be removed. Certain medical conditions can put you at a higher risk for implant failure. As with any surgery, there is a potential risk of surgical complications when placing a dental implant.
We provide all our patients with thorough post-op instructions and a maintenance care contract that serves as a warranty on the implant as long as the contract is followed.