Dental implants are one of the most common tooth replacement options, and they are by far the most effective. They are the only solution that replace your missing root in addition to your tooth, providing many benefits not achieved by other alternatives.
That being said, dental implants aren’t right for everyone. Below are five important questions you should ask your dentist before deciding whether to choose dental implants. During your initial visit, Dr. Binon will discuss your options in detail and recommend the ideal solution to address your unique needs and oral health issues.
How will a dental implant benefit my oral health?
The obvious benefit of dental implants is that they replace your missing teeth. However, there are many additional ways that your oral health will be improved by choosing dental implants over alternatives such as dentures or dental bridges. These include:
- Your adjacent teeth don’t need to be altered to support the dental implant restoration as is required of alternative solutions
- Your jawbone is stimulated by the dental implant, preventing additional bone deterioration down the road
- Reduced risk of additional tooth loss since your natural bone structure is preserved
- Restores full bite function, allowing you to eat whatever you want without restrictions
- When properly cared for, your dental implant can last the rest of your life
What happens if I don’t replace my missing teeth?
In case you’re wondering whether it’s really necessary to replace missing teeth, you should be aware of the issues that can develop if you don’t:
- Your jawbone will deteriorate, resulting in additional tooth loss
- Your remaining natural teeth will shift to fill in the space, resulting in bite alignment issues
- You may develop a sunken facial appearance that makes you look older than you are
- You face an increased risk of oral health conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease
Do I have enough bone density to accommodate a dental implant?
In order to be considered a dental implant candidate, you must have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to accommodate the dental implant. In some instances, Dr. Binon can perform a bone graft that restore enough jawbone density to allow you to move forward with the procedure.
What is your experience performing dental implant procedures?
Dental implant surgery is a complex procedure, and it’s important to work with a dentist who has extensive experience performing this procedure. During your consultation, ask your dentist about his training. Is he board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery or does he have a specialization in prosthodontics? How many dental implant procedures has he performed? Does he work with any specialists during the implant placement process?
Dr. Paul Binon has over 25 years of experience performing dental implant procedures. He studied at the University of Washington under the creator of the titanium dental implant, and he’s published over 50 clinical and scientific research articles about dental implants. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration and is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American College of Prosthodontists
- International College of Prosthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontists
- John F. Johnson Advanced Prosthodontic Society
- American Dental Association
How much will my procedure cost?
While dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement solution, they are also the most expensive. In addition, the treatment is often not covered by dental insurance, or only part of the procedure will be paid for (check with your insurance carrier to find out whether your plan provides coverage for dental implants).
Cost shouldn’t be the only determining factor in the treatment option you choose, but it’s still important to make sure you can afford the procedure. Dr. Binon offers a variety of financing options, including no-interest and low-interest payment plans, in order to help you fit your procedure into your budget. If you determine the cost of dental implants is too prohibitive for your financial means, Dr. Binon can recommend an alternative that will provide you with excellent results while fitting into your budget.
Contact our Roseville Implant Dentist
Please contact Dr. Paul Binon using the form on this page or call 916-786-6676 today to schedule a dental implant consultation. We serve patients in Roseville, Sacramento and the surrounding areas of California.