Dental implants are a state-of-the-art and comfortable way to replace missing teeth as well as stabilize a denture or a partial. Drs. Feck, Combs, and Wilson can restore most types of implants to their natural function, leaving you feeling confident about your smile. Numerous types of implants and restorations are available. The choice of dental implant depends on the amount of jawbone available for implant retention, the patient’s overall health, and the restoration desired by the patient. Our team will complete a thorough exam to help you choose what type of implant fits your needs. Through constant innovations and research, smaller implants with decreased healing time and less expense have been developed for patients in need of tooth replacement.
Why Choose Dental Wellness of Lexington for Dental Implants?
Nationally recognized as experts in dental implants
Entire procedure performed under one roof
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Benefits of Dental Implants
As the only option to replace a missing tooth from root to crown, dental implants have a lot more to offer than traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges. Dental implants are truly the next best thing to natural teeth, which affords them a wide array of benefits that you simply can’t get from other restorations. From your everyday life to your long-term health and wellbeing, there are numerous benefits to dental implants. Read on to learn more about some of the most important ways dental implants can improve your quality of life.
Unlike other replacements that rely on the remaining teeth or gums for support, implants are anchored within thick jawbone material, meaning patients never have to worry about their new teeth slipping or moving unexpectedly.
Dental implants sit within the gumline just like natural teeth and are topped with 100% custom-made restorations that are carefully crafted from dental porcelain. This durable material is well-known for how much it looks like natural tooth enamel, so your new teeth will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural ones.
Restored chewing power:
Thanks to their firm foundation in your jaw, dental implants can bring back 80% or more of your natural biting force. This means you can easily and comfortably eat all your favorite foods, including apples, corn on the cob, steak, nuts, and anything else on your plate.
It’s natural for the jawbone to slowly begin to deteriorate after a tooth goes missing. Since dental implants stimulate circulation in the bone tissue where the missing tooth’s roots once were, they can stop and even reverse this process. They are the only tooth replacement option that can do this.
Better oral health:
Dental implants don’t have the small, bacteria-collecting nooks and crannies that dental bridges and dentures have. Plus, they’re much easier to keep clean since they only require regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. In the end, this dramatically lowers your risk of oral health issues like gum disease, dental infections, and tooth decay.
Keep your remaining teeth:
When missing teeth aren’t replaced and the jawbone begins to shrink away, the surrounding healthy teeth will begin to lose their firm foundation and may eventually fall out. When you replace one or several missing teeth with dental implants, you help keep your remaining teeth firmly in place.
Look younger for longer:
After tooth loss, jawbone deterioration typically causes a sunken, aged appearance in the facial features. Dental implants prevent this process and support the facial muscles, giving you a healthy, youthful appearance to keep you looking your best.
A lifelong solution:
With minimal maintenance, a patient can rely on their dental implants for 30 years or more. In fact, with good oral hygiene, most patients can easily expect their dental implants to last a lifetime!
Indications for Dental Implants
No matter how many teeth you might be missing, dental implants can be used to help rebuild your smile!
Missing One Tooth
For a lone gap in the smile, a single dental implant root and crown can be placed between two healthy teeth without affecting them at all. This is a much less invasive approach compared to a traditional bridge in which the neighboring teeth have to be filed down to support the prosthetic.
A small number of implant roots can be used to support a partial denture or dental bridge. These can replace numerous teeth throughout the mouth, and thanks to the implants, patients will enjoy a hold and stability a traditional dental prosthetic simply can’t offer.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Instead of having to replace each tooth with an individual implant, a full denture can be secured to the jawbone using just four to six well-placed roots. Implant-retained dentures not only look more natural than traditional ones, but they also restore more of a patient’s bite strength as well, enabling them to eat a wider variety of foods with ease.
Most other dental offices have to refer their implant patients to an outside specialist to have their new roots surgically placed into their jaw. This bouncing between different offices adds expense and stress to the implant process, which is why Dental Wellness of Lexington is happy to provide the entire procedure ourselves from beginning to end. From your first consultation all the way until you walk out of our office with a renewed smile, you’ll be able to work with the same dentists and team that you trust.
Dental Implant Training
For the last 20 years, our own Dr. Feck has taught dental implant Clinics both in Lexington and around the country in order to help dentists learn more about utilizing this fantastic treatment. He has received universal praise and multiple awards for his Clinics, and he's undoubtedly helped countless patients through his students. This dedication to expertise and education is a big part of his approach when treating his own patients as well, so when you come to get dental implants at Dental Wellness of Lexington, you can trust that you’re only experiencing the best.
Patients have the opportunity to get deeply discounted implant work through these Clinics by participating in them, but the availability for spots is solely based on need. To learn more and see if you qualify to be a part of the next class, click here.
Dental Implant Technology
As one of dentistry’s most complex treatments, dental implant placement requires a lot of expertise to do correctly. Fortunately, Dr. Feck has not only the clinical experience and training necessary but also the technology to make sure every case is executed successfully. We are proud to use the industry’s most cutting-edge technology to give our patients the best possible care with fewer complications and a smoother experience from start to finish.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
Believe it or not, the most important part of the implant placement process occurs before the surgery itself. In order to plan effectively for the procedure, we need a highly precise model. Although digital technology has improved the quality of X-rays, these images only show a part of the picture underneath the gums. To get a more detailed view of your oral cavity, we utilize a 3D cone beam scanner, which also reveals the location of blood vessels, tooth roots, nerves, and other structures that can impact the placement procedure. With this information, we can avoid possible complications, accelerate healing, and ensure success.
Guided Dental Implant Surgery
When it comes to planning for dental implant surgery, you can never be too prepared or too precise. Instead of relying solely on the dentist, we bring in technology to guide the surgery. This guidance from helps us pinpoint the exact spots to position the implant posts. It also reduces the element of human error, leading to a higher success rate overall. As a result, our patients can heal more quickly, experience less discomfort, and enjoy their restored smiles to the fullest.
Once the implant post has been integrated with the jawbone, it’s time to work on getting your restoration made, which means we need to take impressions of your mouth. That’s where our 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner comes in. Instead of collecting old-fashioned “putty” impressions, we use this technology that takes scans of your oral cavity in just a matter of minutes with any of discomfort. In addition to being more pleasant, this technology also tends to be more accurate, which means that your restoration is more likely to fit your mouth with relatively fewer adjustments needed.
Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants
As someone interested in the idea of dental implants replacing your missing teeth, you’ll be pleased to know that once they are firmly in place, you can treat your newly designed smile the same way as you do your regular teeth. With no additional money spent on cleaning solutions or denture adhesives, this can be a welcomed reality, but you must understand that dental implant care in Lexington is necessary if you want to make sure your prosthetics remain firmly in place for a lifetime. After all, this timely and costly investment is one you want to make last, so here are some helpful tips to remember when taking care of your dental implants:
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
While it is true that your dental implants in Lexington cannot decay, your regular, natural teeth can, which is why you’ll need to keep up with your oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day for two minutes, using fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash is imperative. Not only will it remove harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, but it can also improve gum health, which is invaluable when it comes to safeguarding your implants. If you want to keep gum disease away and avoid the potential for bone and tooth loss, stay on top of your dental health regime.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Who doesn’t love a cookie or slice of pie now and then? Eating sugar and starch in moderation isn’t necessarily bad as long as you remember to brush your teeth afterward. However, making these an integral part of your daily diet will only wreak havoc on your waistline and dental implants. By swapping out foods that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay with those that are beneficial to your health, you’ll be taking the appropriate steps to maintain your implants. Leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and even lean proteins can help keep your natural teeth in tip-top shape and your implants on a firm foundation.
Break Bad Habits
Smoking, eating ice, chewing on pens and pencils, using your teeth as tools, and biting your fingernails are all bad habits that will eventually damage your natural teeth and harm your dental implants. Oftentimes, these are done without even realizing it, but if you don’t start paying attention to even the tiniest habits, it could cost you your smile. Minor cracks, fractures, and breaks can compile over time, causing your implants to eventually fail. This is why you’ll want to be mindful and work hard to break these bad habits even before you receive your dental implants.
Protect our Dental Implants
No one is saying you can’t enjoy the outdoors or play sports once you have dental implants, but you will want to take precautions when it comes to engaging in contact sports that could damage your implants. Fortunately, you can talk to your implant dentist in Lexington about a customized mouthguard that will safeguard your teeth should you take a tumble, face a hard hit, or find yourself reaching for the ball only to be elbowed in the face. But even if sports aren’t your thing, you may still need a customized mouthguard if you tend to grind your teeth at night. Stress from work or normal daily pressures can lead to bruxism, which can wear down tooth enamel and damage restorations. With a mouthguard, you can keep your teeth from grinding or clenching, allowing your implants to remain free of damage.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Even if you have an entire smile made up of dental implants, you will still need to schedule and keep your six-month dental checkups and cleanings. These visits not only allow us to check for signs of decay and gum disease, but we’ll also review your dental implants to make sure no issues are developing that could put them at risk for failure in the future.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant treatment we provide is completely tailored to each unique individual, and because of this, the cost of the procedure can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. Factors such as the number of implants, the location of the missing teeth, and the type of restoration used can all influence the final price. Before beginning your treatment, our team will go over all pricing information with you so there are never any surprises throughout the process.
While it’s true that dental implants tend to cost more upfront than other traditional options, they also last dramatically longer as well, which usually helps patients save money over all. Unlike with a regular bridge or denture that needs to be replaced every five to seven years on average, dental implants can be trusted to look great and function normally for decades on end, meaning a patient will spend thousands less on periodic maintenance.
It’s important for a patient’s smile to be capable of supporting a dental implant before we perform the procedure. If your jawbone has become too thin over time, failure is a possibility; thankfully, we can make your future of a replenished smile much brighter with the help of advanced procedures like bone grafting and/or sinus lifts. Our goal with these treatment options is to create a much healthier environment for the placed dental implant, allowing your new “tooth” to thrive for years and decades to come.
No matter how many teeth you might be missing, dental implants can be used to help rebuild your smile! On top of that, you can expect them to stand the test of time, no matter what foods you enjoy. To get started, all you need to do is give Dental Wellness of Lexington a call to set up a consultation. During your visit, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. Read on to learn more about the first stages of the process!
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While just about anyone healthy adult can be eligible for dental implant treatment, sometimes certain issues can make treatment more risky without professional intervention. To be the absolute best candidate for dental implants you should have the following:
Substantial Jawbone Density – the jawbone needs to be thick and strong enough for a dental implant. If there is not enough jawbone available, it’s possible that you will need a bone graft prior to beginning dental implant surgery.
Great Oral Health – If you have gum disease, tooth decay, or another preexisting dental problem, it could compromise your dental implant treatment. For this reason, we’ll need to treat these concerns first.
Decent overall health – Since dental implants are considered a surgical procedure (albeit a minor one), you should be healthy enough to receive one. Be sure to ask your doctor first if dental implant treatment can be safely completed without any major risks attached.
Missing One Tooth
For a lone gap in the smile, a single dental implant root and crown can be placed between two healthy teeth without affecting them at all. This is a much less invasive approach compared to a traditional bridge in which the neighboring teeth have to be filed down to support the prosthetic. The restoration is made from high-quality dental ceramic, ensuring it looks natural for decades to come.
A small number of implant roots can be used to support a dental bridge. These can replace numerous teeth throughout the mouth, and thanks to the implants, patients will enjoy a hold and stability a traditional dental prosthetic simply can’t offer. In fact, a pair of dental implants can hold as many as three or four crowns, making it more cost-efficient than you may have previously thought.
Missing All Teeth
Instead of having to replace each tooth with an individual implant, a full or partial denture can be secured to the jawbone using just four to six well-placed roots. Implant dentures not only look more natural than traditional ones, but they also restore more of a patient’s bite strength as well, enabling them to eat a wider variety of foods with ease. Additionally, you can opt to have your denture be either fixed or removable, it truly depends on your preference!
Drs. Feck, Combs, and Wilson are here to answer any and all questions you might have about dental implants in Lexington. It’s important that you thoroughly understand the entire process before actually undergoing the surgery. Below are the answers to just a few of the questions that patients will commonly ask about dental implants. Since your situation is unique, you’ll probably have plenty of concerns of your own that you can voice during your implant consultation.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?
Receiving dental implants is a process that can last several months. The first phase is the placement of the actual implant post in the jaw. It’ll take about three to six months for the gums around the surgical site to heal and for the bone to integrate with the post. Once that’s done, the next step is to attach an abutment, and a little more time is allowed for the gums to grow around it as well. (In some cases, the abutment and the implant post are attached at the same time.) The final step is to receive your prosthetic tooth or teeth.
Will I Need Bone Grafts?
You might not be able to get dental implants right away if your jaw doesn’t have enough density and height to support them. Unfortunately, if your teeth have been missing for a while, there’s a good chance that your jawbone has significantly broken down due to a lack of stimulation. Bone grafts can encourage the growth of new bone so that dental implants can be successfully placed. Of course, you might not need bone grafts if you are receiving your dental implants right away, such as after a tooth extraction. We’ll help you plan the entire dental implant process so that all the necessary steps are covered.
Will Dental Implants Be Covered by Insurance?
Many insurance carriers consider dental implants to be a cosmetic procedure and thus won’t cover them. That said, each plan has different benefits, and yours might help pay for certain related treatments. (For example, gum disease needs to be cured before you get dental implants, and many insurance plans are willing to pay for periodontal therapy.) The initial dental implant consultation might also be covered. We’ll work with you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your insurance; we can also offer other kinds of financing as well.
How Do I Take Care of Dental Implants?
As far as daily maintenance is concerned, dental implants don’t need any particularly special care. You can clean them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush like you would any other tooth. You should use a low-abrasive toothpaste so that you don’t damage the restoration. For hard to reach places around the implant, use a nylon coated interdental brush or specially designed floss. (A water flosser is a good alternative if you have trouble with string floss.) Of course, regular checkups with your dentist in Lexington are still as important as ever!