Dental implants have become the preferred method of tooth replacement. Now a routine procedure, dental implants offer a 95% success rate and long-term oral health benefits. Dr. J. Eric Hires wants to provide some answers to commonly asked questions about dental implants. For any additional questions, please feel free to contact our Toledo dentist office.
Does my insurance cover dental implants?
Each patient’s dental insurance is unique and coverage will vary depending on the plan. Not many dental insurance plans will cover dental implants. Some insurance plans will partially cover the dental fabrication such as the crown or the denture. Many dental insurance plans average annual benefits up to $1,500.
Do you offer free cosmetic consultations?
Yes. Dr. Hires will personally handle every step of your tooth replacement, including procedure planning, surgical placement, and the final dental restoration. We offer our patients a free consultation to discuss the overall dental implant procedure. Dr. Hires will take the time to meet one-on-one with each patient to evaluate their total oral health and listen to all of their cosmetic goals and concerns.
How does the treatment planning procedure work?
Hires Dental Care offers comprehensive and individualized treatment planning for dental implants. During your treatment planning, we will provide 2D and intraoral images to build an accurate picture of your oral health. Dr. Hires will review both your dental and medical history to determine your potential risk and for recurrent decay and or periodontal disease.
How quickly can I get a replacement tooth?
After a thorough dental exam, Dr. Hires will help to determine what your best missing tooth treatment option will be. Dr. Hires offers dental implants for one or several missing teeth, as well as dentures and bridges for personalized dental treatment. After surgery, the dental implant typically requires 2 to 3 months to fully integrate before we can secure the permanent restoration. Dr. Hires may be able to provide a temporary crown while the implant heals.
What if I need a tooth extracted or do not have enough jaw bone for an implant?
If you have a tooth that has a poor prognosis, or you have an inadequate amount of healthy bone structure to support a dental implant, Dr. Hires may suggest bone grafting. Dr. Hires will evaluate your bone grafting options and determine what will be best for your specific treatment. Hires Dental offers “All-On-Four” for patients with advanced bone loss. Every patient’s oral health needs are personal and will be addressed on an individual basis. Dr. Hires believes in the treatment of the whole smile for long-lasting oral health.
How do I care for the implant after surgery?
Patients are often concerned about what kind of maintenance their implants will require. Do they brush and floss their implants like regular teeth? Caring for dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and check-ups.
Cleaning implant-supported teeth is extremely important. Just like regular teeth, they also depend on healthy surrounding tissues for support. Bacterial biofilm (plaque) collects on implant crowns just as it does on natural teeth, and must be removed on a daily basis at home with proper brushing and flossing. Without daily biofilm removal, an infection can develop. Infection around the tissue of a dental implant can lead to rapid bone loss and potentially a loss of the implant.
How do I floss a dental implant?
To floss a dental implant, it is recommended that you use dental tape. Wrap the dental tape in a circle and crisscross in front, switch hands, and move in a shoe-shine motion. In addition, antimicrobial mouth rinses may be recommended if inflammation is present or if the patient has dexterity problems or difficult-to-reach areas.
As is the case with natural teeth, you and your dentist must work as a team to ensure the longevity of your dental implant. Your dental hygienist also plays an important role in keeping your dental implants infection-free. While replacement teeth can’t get cavities, they are subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth and require regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings at least twice a year. Properly cared for dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
Why should I choose Hires Dental Care for my dental implant procedure?
Dr. Hires offers patients over 25 years of experience in implant dentistry. Because of his extensive experience and dedication to continued education and advanced dental technology, Dr. Hires is able to offer the entire implant procedure in-house. This convenience saves our patients time and the hassle of additional billing as well as consistent, precise care. Our Toledo dentist office offers the following convenient hours: Mon – Thur, 8am – 8pm and Fridays 8am – 4pm.