Dental Implants

Did you know that approximately 40 million Americans have lost one or more of their permanent teeth? This accounts for about one-half of the adult population over the age of 55! People are now living longer and enjoying more active lives and those who lose their teeth at an early age can face 30 to 40 years of wearing dentures. This can cause serious health and nutritional problems, especially for older people.

Are you self-conscious about your smile? Are you worried that others may see the problems in your mouth? Do you tend to avoid laughing in front of others and eating certain foods you enjoy because you have a loose denture? Do you feel that you look older than your age because you have a sunken-in facial appearance due to tooth loss? If so, you may wish to consider dental implants.

Dental implants are permanent tooth root substitutes, which provide an anchor for artificial replacement teeth, dentures or bridges. They are made from a space age metal called titanium, which is compatible with human bone and tissue.  These titanium cylinders are placed directly into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Later, small posts called abutments are attached to the implants.  These posts protrude through the gums and provide anchorage for artificial teeth.



WHO CAN HAVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Just about anyone is a candidate for dental implants!  If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to have dental implant placement. Dr. Falcone can help you to make the determination if implants are right for you. A thorough evaluation is necessary prior to dental implant placement. Dr. Falcone and your restorative dentist will evaluate your specific needs by performing the following:
  1. Dental and medical health assessment
  2. Lifestyle assessment
  3. Oral hygiene assessment
  4. Radiographic evaluation
  5. Evaluation of available jawbone
  6. Surgical and restorative examination
If you feel that dental implants are right for you, we will work closely with you to formulate a treatment plan, which will satisfy your needs and works within your budget.  After your initial implant consultation, we can discuss fees and insurance reimbursement.  Insurance coverage for implant procedures is varied, but we will be happy to assist you in obtaining the benefits to which you are entitled.

Sometimes patients may require adjunctive procedures prior to implant placement, or in conjunction to implant placement due to a lack of sufficient bone for implant placement.  In certain cases, bone-grafting procedures may be indicated to restore bone that has been lost. Also, sinus-lifting procedures may be required if the sinus cavity is too low.  Dr. Falcone will thoroughly discuss these items at your consultation visit along with any risks for these types of procedures.

Most times, dental implant surgery is performed in Dr. Falcone’s office. In some cases, implants are done in the hospital or an ambulatory surgical center. In any event, implants can be placed with local anesthesia or some form of sedation depending on your personal needs.

Please continue to the Dental Implant Procedure page for further information.