What are dental implants?
Patients considering dental implants often ask us how dental implants work. Dental implants are a successful, long-term, and popular tooth restoration solution because of their unique design that emulates the structure of a natural tooth. The three parts of an implant consists of a small post, most often made of titanium, that replaces the root of your missing tooth; a connector piece called an abutment that is placed on the top of the dental implant to anchor the custom-made crown; and the crown itself that is created to match seamlessly with your natural teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
The first step to receiving an accurate estimate of your dental implant cost at our Scottsdale, AZ, and Payson, AZ, offices is to request a consultation appointment with Dr. Winterholler. At this appointment, 3D digital diagnostic scans will be taken of your oral structures to help create a customized treatment plan for you that will also include your cost estimate.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The time it takes to receive implants depends on many factors, including the state of your oral health, if you are receiving one or many implants or are receiving a dental implant-supported denture or bridge. During your consultation appointment with Dr. Winterholler, you will have a complete oral exam, including all the necessary diagnostic images, and at that point, the estimated amount of time it will take to complete your restoration will be determined. Sometimes patients can receive their completed implant in just one day!
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
It’s normal to have some discomfort during your recovery time, but our team does everything in its power to keep you as comfortable and safe as possible along every step of your treatment. We offer many options for anesthesia, and Dr. Winterholler is trained to place dental implants with great accuracy for the least invasive procedure possible with the least amount downtime. You will receive detailed aftercare and post-surgical instructions before your treatment, as well as prescriptions to control any post-operative discomfort you may have. Rest assured, you’re in the best hands with Dr. Winterholler and the top-notch clinical team at Winterholler Dental Implants & Cosmetic Dentistry.
I have bone loss in my jaw. Can I still have dental implants?
Bone loss in the jaw can make dental implants harder to place securely, but even our patients with significant bone loss can often be candidates for successful implants without the need for bone grafting. With revolutionary dental implant techniques and technology, Dr. Winterholler can offer you several options. In some cases, the best course of treatment is to have a bone graft placed in areas where an implant is going to be inserted to ensure that your dental implant has a stable foundation for long-term stability. If you are looking for a second opinion on dental implants, feel free to contact our practice today.
What is the recovery like after dental implant placement?
Healing will take a few weeks because the implant post must successfully fuse with the bone in your jaw for stable placement. During this time, it is important to stick to a diet of soft foods and then avoid chewing on the implant sites until your healing period is complete. Dr. Winterholler will carefully review every detail of your instructions for aftercare before your treatment begins, including medications for the management of any post-operative discomfort, and the estimated timeline for your recovery period.
Helping to restore your smile is our pleasure and privilege, so please contact us at either of our two convenient locations in Scottsdale, AZ, and Payson, AZ, with your questions or concerns or to schedule your consultation to discover if dental implants are the ideal tooth restoration option for you.