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Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live!  They offer numerous advantages that old-fashioned “false teeth” simply cannot match. With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

What are dental implants?

The modern dental implant is designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are positioned into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The jawbone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the overlying crown or denture. Implants also help to preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Am I a good candidate for implant dentistry?

If you feel implant dentistry is the best choice for you, we would have you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and a health history. During the consultation visit, Dr. McClenahan will address all of your questions, specific needs, concerns and any health considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us. We will work with you to make certain that your procedure is a success.

Can you explain the procedure?

Of course! Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants beneath the surface of the gums bond with the jawbone. You may wear temporary tooth replacements during the healing phase.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. McClenahan will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After six to eight weeks your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth/implant crowns. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. In certain situations, the implant can be placed at the same time the tooth is extracted. This may speed up the whole process. You may be a candidate for this procedure.

Can you explain the fees?

When you come in for an evaluation we will be happy to discuss fees and insurance. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We can help you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled or even talk about payment plans.