Dental Implants in Mt. Washington, KY
Healthy, Permanent Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are a healthy, permanent tooth replacement solution that have helped thousands of patients restore the look and function of their smile. A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant post, the abutment that attaches to the implant post, and the prosthesis or crown that will be attached after your implant has healed. This fully restores your ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile. At Kentuckiana Oral Maxillofacial and Dental Implant Surgery, your dental implant treatment plan will be tailored to meet your individual needs, and you can receive a single implant, multiple implants, or a completely new smile through full-arch restoration.
Our expert oral surgeons Dr. Nathan Walters, Dr. Christopher Noonan, Dr. Geoff Mills, Dr. Jamie Warren, and Dr. Will Allen specialize in implant dentistry and improving your confidence and health through oral and maxillofacial surgery. If you are suffering from one or more missing teeth, badly damaged or decayed teeth, or would like to improve your smile’s appearance, our team is here to help. To schedule an appointment, contact our offices in Mt. Washington and Louisville, KY, and Jeffersonville, IN.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the healthiest replacement solution because they replace the entire tooth, including the root. There are many benefits of dental implants, including:
Prevent Bone Loss
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone loss by fusing to the jaw bone. The implant post provides the necessary stimulation needed to keep the jaw healthy.
Just like the roots of your natural teeth, the implant post integrates with the jaw bone for a secure fit. With proper care and good oral hygiene, your dental implant will serve as a long-term addition to your smile.
A restorative dentist will design a custom-made crown for your replacement tooth that will blend into your other teeth. Most people won't even be able to tell which tooth is the implant.
Protect Oral Health
A missing tooth or missing teeth can cause dental shifting. Dental implants prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the open spaces and preserve the natural alignment of your teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
Implant-based restorations have many versatile options to choose from. Our oral surgeons will help determine the best option to fit your smile.
- Single Tooth Replacement. Whether you need one implant or multiple implants, we can insert a dental implant anywhere in the mouth that you need a replacement tooth.
- Immediate Implants. We can extract a tooth and place the implant post at the same appointment, as long as you have enough jaw bone to support the implant. This reduces the amount of appointments needed, saving you time and money.
- Implant-Supported Bridge. Traditional bridges can restore the appearance of multiple missing teeth but require nearby teeth on either side of the gap to be shaved down to support the bridge. An implant-supported bridge replaces missing teeth and preserves your natural teeth while also supporting your jaw bone health.
- Full-Arch Restoration. This treatment uses dental implant posts to hold a fixed prosthesis and is ideal for patients in need of a brand new smile. You can fully replace an entire arch of teeth in one or both arches, fully restoring your smile and oral function.
More Dental Implant Options
Dr. Allen is a dental implant specialist who successfully helps patients undergo implant-based restorations who were previously denied candidacy because of inadequate bone, periodontal disease, or for medical reasons. Dr. Allen is committed to creating solutions to make dental implants an option by offering special implants, such as zygomatic implants that fuse to the cheekbone.
Patients who are unable to receive conventional implants may still be able to receive full-arch restoration through a variety of soft tissue and bone grafting techniques. He can place zygomatic implants, which are inserted into the cheekbone and are ideal for patients with significant upper jaw bone loss or weakness. There are always options to explore to help patients with tooth loss, and Dr. Allen explores these options with your individual case to determine how he can achieve the smile of your dreams.
There are a variety of soft tissue and bone grafting techniques that can provide solutions for patients to receive full-arch restoration who were previously unable to receive conventional implants. Dr. Allen can place zygomatic implants in the cheekbone, making them ideal for patients with significant upper jaw bone loss or atrophy. There are always options to explore to help restore a patient’s missing or failing teeth, and Dr. Allen will thoroughly explore every possible option based on your unique needs to help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.
Dental Implant Procedure
Before treatment, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons for a consultation where we will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss which anesthesia and sedation option will be best for you. Most patients choose to undergo IV sedation for this type of surgical procedure.
On the day of your dental implant procedure, we will administer your predetermined form of anesthesia. Your oral surgeon will make an incision on the gum and place the dental implant post. If necessary, sutures will be placed to close the surgical site. If you underwent IV sedation a responsible adult must be present in the office to take you home.
Over the next few months, the implant post will fuse with the jaw bone, creating a secure foundation for your dental implant. Once fully healed, your restorative dentist will place the final crown, allowing you to enjoy your full functioning, permanent dental implant.
If you are receiving an immediate implant, we will extract the tooth and insert the implant post in the same appointment. Our office provides detailed instructions to guide you through recovery, but our offices are always available if you ever have any questions.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
It is our goal to make the cost of our services affordable so that patients can receive the care that they need. There are a number of factors that will determine the cost of dental implants, including the number of implants needed, insurance details, the type of anesthesia, and if any additional procedures are required. A cost estimate for your oral surgery will be provided to you during your initial consultation appointment.
Other tooth restoration and replacement options like removable dentures are often less expensive upfront, but do not protect your oral health like dental implants. Dentures must be replaced every few years, and most patients find it inconvenient and embarrassing to remove them during meals and cleaning. Dental implants are the only permanent tooth restoration option that remains in your mouth and protects your future oral health.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
Who is not suitable for dental implants?People with certain medical conditions or suppressed immune systems may not be suitable for dental implants. Also, people with certain habits such as severely grinding or clenching teeth might not be eligible for dental implants because it puts too much pressure on the implant and can cause long-term damage.
Can I get dental implants years after extraction?Yes, whether you’ve had teeth extracted recently or years ago, dental implants are a restorative option as long as you have enough healthy jaw bone to support the implant.
How old is too old for dental implants?Dental implants are the standard of care for replacement teeth with high success rates, so no age is too old for dental implants.
What happens if you don’t have enough bone for dental implants?Your oral surgeon can perform a procedure called a bone graft to restore areas of the jaw that have become weak. This must be done before a dental implant can be placed.
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Since 2004, we have provided patients along the Indiana and Kentucky border with superior oral surgery services and beautiful results. Our surgeons are oral health experts, and together with our skilled staff, we raise the bar for our patients and their experiences.