Q&A Topic: Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
1. What are dental implants?
Dr. Per-Inguar Branemark, a Swedish scientist, pioneered the use of dental implants over 35 years ago. They have revolutionized dentistry ever since.
Dental implants are most frequently made of commercially pure titanium. They take the place of the root of a missing tooth and are placed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Your dentist can then place crowns or bridges on them, restoring your smile and function to normal. Dental implants are placed in the office under local or general anesthesia and have a success rate of over 95 percent.
2. Why select dental implants over traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons. Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
3. Am I a candidate for dental implants?
At your consultation visit, we will perform an exam and take X-rays to determine if there is sufficient bone to place implants. In my office, a Cone Beam CT Scanner is used to create a three-dimensional image of the bone. This ensures more accurate treatment planning—and less radiation exposure—than a traditional CT Scan. Bone grafting, if needed, can easily be achieved in the office setting.
4. How many implants would I need?
It depends on the number of missing teeth. Generally, one implant can replace one tooth. However, it is possible to replace all of the upper or lower teeth with four to six implants.
5. How much do implants cost?
My office charge is $1850 for an implant. Remember that implants, unlike dentures and bridges, generally last a lifetime. Additionally, since dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, they are a long-term investment in quality of life because they allow patients to eat the foods they have always enjoyed without the discomfort and inconvenience of dentures. My office participates with most insurance plans, and multiple payment options are available.
Dr. Eugene M. D’Amico and his associate Dr. Eric W. Spencer practice the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with expertise ranging from reconstructive facial surgery and corrective jaw surgery to wisdom teeth removal and general anesthesia. They also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, oral pathology and TMJ disorders. The doctors routinely place dental implants and bone grafts. Dr. Spencer joined Dr. D’Amico upon completing training at Christiana Care Health Systems. We are also excited to welcome Dr. Michael D’Amico to the practice!
Please visit www.christianaoms.com for more information, or call with questions at 302-292-1600.
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