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Dental Implants – Reno, NV

A Permanent Solution
for Tooth Loss

 

Whenever a patient comes to Village Dental hoping to replace their missing teeth, we always recommend dental implants first. Why? Because compared to every other option, they offer the most natural-looking, durable, and aesthetic results. They are basically the next best thing to real teeth, and Dr. Cercek and Dr. Rodriguez have already used them to give countless patients their smiles and confidence back. If you’re ready to close any unwanted gaps for good, contact us today to learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Reno, NV.

What is a Dental Implant?

Smile with dental implant post visible

A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth root. A small titanium post is positioned within the jaw in the space formerly occupied by a tooth, and there, it actually melds with the bone. This makes it extremely stable, and then it can be topped with a crown, bridge, or denture to restore the visible portion of a tooth. To date, implants are the only dental prosthetic that has a two-part structure just like natural dentition.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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At Village Dental, we want all of our patients to receive the highest quality of care possible, which is why we partner with local dental implant specialists. This team-based approach to the dental implant process ensures a patient enjoys premium care from start to finish, guaranteeing a positive result before the process even begins.

Keep in mind that while getting dental implants takes much longer than receiving a traditional denture or bridge, the long-term benefits of your new smile will absolutely be worth the wait. While everyone’s treatment will look somewhat different, here is a basic outline of how dental implants work in Reno.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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Your first appointment will consist of either Dr. Cercek or Dr. Rodriguez examining your smile to determine your eligibility for dental implants. From there, you will discuss your various options for tooth replacement and come up with a personalized treatment plan, including an estimated timeline.

Some patients may not be good dental implant candidates at first. In that case, we may recommend preparatory treatments (tooth extractions, bone grafting, gum disease therapy, etc.) to maximize your chances of dental implant success.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Village Dental partners with some of Reno’s best oral surgeons and periodontists to perform the surgical portion of dental implant treatment, where the new roots are actually placed into the jaw. These professionals have undergone advanced training to be able to place your implants at precise locations and angles.

After numbing your mouth, your implant dentist in Reno will make an incision in your gums to access the jawbone. The implants are inserted in just the right way. Then, your gums are stitched closed and you can begin healing.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

dental implant post in the jawbone

Over the next three to six months, osseointegration will occur. This is the process by which the implant posts fuse with your jawbone, essentially becoming the same structure. It’s what makes dental implants so reliable and long-lasting. During osseointegration, you may receive a temporary restoration so that you can enjoy the benefits of having teeth again.

After this process is complete, a metal attachment called an abutment is placed on top of your implants. This connector piece will allow your custom restorations to be secured onto the posts.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

dental bridge supported by two dental implant posts

Once a patient’s mouth fully heals, they will return to our dental office to receive their new teeth. Depending on how many teeth you need to replace, you may receive a crown, bridge, or denture. Rest assured that each of these restorations is personalized to resemble your natural pearly whites. Once we’ve placed your new teeth on top of your dental implants in Reno, no one should even be able to tell that they’re not natural!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants in Reno are an incredibly popular tooth replacement solution among patients due to the variety of unique benefits that they offer. Because they restore the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots, they’re able to offer stability and lifelike feeling and function that eliminates the need for messy denture adhesive and special restoration cleaning products. You can learn more about the benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy with dental implants below.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Versatile Treatment. Dental implants are a versatile solution that can benefit patients in all types of tooth loss situations. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or both of your arches, implants are able to secure any type of restoration in your mouth to complete your smile.
  • Easy Maintenance. Due to the natural function and fit of your implant-retained restorations, you’re able to easily care for them just as you would your natural teeth. There’s no need to remove them when you sleep and soak them in water, just brush twice a day, floss daily, rinse with antibacterial mouthwash, and visit your implant dentist in Reno every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Boosted Confidence. The smile is oftentimes the first trait that people notice about each other, which is why many patients feel self-conscious about having gaps in their smiles. With a complete grin, you can feel more confident speaking, laughing, and eating.

Health Benefits

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  • No Slipping or Shifting. Since your dental implants are rooted in your jawbone, you’ll be able to easily eat your food without having to worry about restorations that slip or shift in your mouth.
  • Improved Jaw Strength. Due to the biocompatible nature of dental implants, they’re able to fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This allows them to provide the bone with necessary blood flow and stimulation to keep it from deteriorating.
  • Better Oral Health. Without gaps in your smile, there will be fewer places for bacteria, food debris, and plaque to hideout, helping you avoid the development of common oral health problems like gum disease and cavities.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Prevention of Facial Changes. One common issue that people notice when they have dentures, bridges, or other traditional restorations is that their facial shape changes. Due to jawbone deterioration, cheeks can begin to look hollow and saggy, affecting the overall appearance of your face. Because dental implants prevent bone erosion in the jaw, you won’t have to worry about this.
  • Extended Lifespan. With the proper maintenance, dental implants can last over 35 years.
  • High Success Rate. The dental implant procedure boasts an impressive 95% success rate after placement of 10 years. Some patients are even able to enjoy their new smile for the rest of their lifetime!

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

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Whether you’re missing a single tooth, all of them, or a number in between, our team can use implants to help you recover your smile and renew your oral health. After we give you an exam, we’ll recommend one of the following procedures…

Animated dental implant supported dental crown placement

Missing Single Tooth

A dental implant root is placed between two healthy teeth and topped with a custom-made crown. The advantage of single implants is that the adjacent teeth don’t have to be reshaped to make room for the prosthetic, preserving someone’s remaining dental structure.

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Missing Multiple Teeth

Single implants can be placed throughout the mouth as needed to close any gaps, but for spaces left by two to three missing teeth, a bridge can be supported using just one to two implants. This is not only extremely cost-effective, but implants also make bridges much more stable compared to removable ones.

Animated dental implant supported denture placement

Missing All Teeth

To replace an entire row of teeth, only four to six implants are needed to attach a full denture to the jawbone. In addition to having a more comfortable fit than a removable prosthetic, implant dentures also allow a patient to have a stronger bite and eat a wider variety of foods.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are a very versatile treatment, and they need to be in order to help patients dealing with varying degrees of tooth loss. Because of this, the cost is always different from person to person. When you come to see us for a consultation, we’ll discuss everything that can affect the cost of dental implants in Reno, such as how many implants you need, where they will be located, and what kind of restoration they will support, so you know exactly what to expect. Our team will be happy to discuss your payment options as well as work with you to navigate whether dental insurance will help cover portions of your overall treatment.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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Your initial consultation will include discussions regarding your need for preliminary treatment. If our team discovers signs of gum disease or jawbone deterioration, it may be necessary to undergo bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or even tooth extraction. Any of these procedures will add to the overall cost of your treatment.

But the actual surgery will also play a contributor factor in your total expenses. Because we do not perform the actual implant surgery in-house, we instead partner with local oral surgeons who will ensure the successful placement of your dental implants in Reno. As a result, you will be responsible for paying two separate fees: one to the oral surgeon for surgery and the other for your custom restoration, which you will receive in our office.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

An up-close image of a dental implant post located on the lower arch between two healthy teeth

Additional components of the cost breakdown for dental implant treatment include factoring in the parts of your dental implant. Everything from how many you will need to the type of restoration as well as the size, material, and brand of implants will cause your total to increase or remain low. Naturally, replacing a single missing tooth with one implant and a dental crown will cost much less than using between 4 and 6 implants and an implant denture to replace an entire arch. However, when you compare it to a traditional denture, it is more cost-effective to go with implant dentures.

You will also discover that the size, which is dependent on the location of your missing tooth, as well as the materials, which are typically either titanium or zirconia, will contribute to the overall cost. As will the brand and manufacturer. Similar to cars, dental implants come in various makes and models, so if you’re looking for a cheaper option, remember that you may not achieve the same long-lasting results.

When meeting with our team, you can trust that we will go over all the information concerning the parts of your dental implant so that you know you are getting the highest quality prosthetic available.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

An older woman wearing white points to her healthy smile thanks to dental implants

If you’re unsure how much money you’ll actually save by choosing dental implants, you will quickly discover that when compared to traditional bridges or dentures, it is a much more cost-effective solution. Here’s how:

  • Adjustments and replacements every few years are not necessary with dental implants because they are surgically put into place by an implant dentist in Reno.
  • Dental adhesives and specialized cleaning products are not necessary because you’ll have a prosthetic that is fused with the jawbone and does not need added security for placement. Also, your implants act like regular teeth, so you can freely brush, floss, and rinse your teeth like normal.

By choosing dental implants, you will enjoy greater oral and overall health. You can minimize your chances of tooth decay and gum disease by continuing to care for your artificial teeth as you do your natural teeth, and you can lower your risk for systemic diseases that can lead to significant costs later in life.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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As convenient as it would be to have dental insurance cover the cost of your entire treatment, this is most often not possible. Unfortunately, many companies still do not view dental implants as a “medical necessity,” however, it is possible that you may be eligible to receive some coverage for your preliminary treatments, initial consultation, and custom restoration. Our team will help you to understand what might be covered as well as file any claims or paperwork on your behalf.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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Apart from the portion insurance may or may not pay, you may need an alternative way to pay for the remaining costs. This can be accomplished in two ways:

  • Our in-house savings plan: If you’re uninsured, you can enroll in our in-house savings plan by paying one flat rate for access to preventive care as well as receive discounts on other available services.
  • CareCredit: If financing is what you prefer, you can enroll in a low or no interest payment plan through CareCredit, which will allow you to break up the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly payments.

By coming to Village Dental for your dental implants, our team will be here to help you through the process of attaining a healthier, more beautiful smile while making sure your costs remain as low as possible. Contact us today to find out how we can help you take the next step in replacing your missing teeth with a trusted, superior, and affordable solution.

Dental Implant FAQs

woman thinking about dental implants in Reno

Choosing to replace your missing teeth with implants can feel like a big decision. It’s a smart investment in your smile, but you may still have questions about this treatment. Below, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions we get about dental implants in Reno. Take a look at our responses and see if they help you understand this complicated treatment better—or you can contact us and schedule an appointment with us to discuss your specific case.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The process of placing dental implants includes a surgical procedure; however, our compassionate, skilled team will make sure you’re completely numb and comfortable before we begin. You shouldn’t feel anything while you’re in our office, but keep in mind that you may experience a little discomfort in the recovery. That’s why we recommend taking it easy for a day or two afterward and taking over-the-counter pain medication.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?

Every patient is different and may require a various amount of time following the procedure to feel back to “normal.” However, we recommend that you avoid strenuous activity for at least a couple of days. In fact, you’ll need to take at least one day to rest afterward and give the site adequate time to start the healing process and form a blood clot. You should also refrain from using a straw or using tobacco products during this time.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Have Dental Implants?

Unlike traditional dentures, implants are grounded in the jawbone, which means they won’t slip out of place when you laugh, eat, or smile. They are designed to replicate natural tooth structure and to look and feel just like the real thing. In other words, unless they already knew of your previous tooth loss, others likely won’t notice that you have artificial teeth in your smile. All they’ll see is your confidence!

Do I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants?

In order for your implants to be successful, your jawbone needs to be strong and healthy to provide enough support. Some patients’ jawbone may require some extra reinforcement, whether because they lost their teeth a long time ago, they have osteoporosis, or they experienced gum disease. A bone graft can restore the requisite bone density for successful implant placement. During your consultation, we’ll consider your jaw’s bone density and determine whether bone graft is necessary.