Dental Implants — Midwest City, OK
Rebuild a Strong, Long-Lasting Smile
When a patient comes to our office and asks for help replacing one or more missing teeth, our restorative dentistry team is proud to offer plenty of options to choose from. However, Dr. Kendrick can do more than just replace the appearance of missing teeth — he is dedicated to helping every patient rebuild a strong, long-lasting smile and restore their quality of life. That’s why he almost always recommends dental implants for patients suffering from tooth loss! This state-of-the-art method of permanently replacing teeth offers numerous benefits that you just can’t achieve with dentures or dental bridges. To see if dental implants in Midwest City are right for you, please call Midwest City Dental Center today to schedule your appointment.
Why Choose Midwest City Dental Center For Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Surgery & Restoration Completed Under One Roof
- Advanced Dental Technology for Comfortable Treatment & Precise Results
- Flexible Financing Options Available Through CareCredit
What Are Dental Implants?
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace missing teeth both above and below the gumline. The visible crown of a tooth is replaced with a custom-made restoration, and the roots underneath are mimicked with a small metal implant post. This implant post is inserted directly into the jawbone, where it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. Not only does this provide unmatched stability for the replacement teeth it supports, but it has the potential to stay in place for decades to come because of this unique placement. The custom-made crown, bridge, or denture on top of the implant post is carefully designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your pearly whites. In the end, replacing missing teeth from the roots up gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural.
The Dental Implant Process
Many practices in our area must refer patients to an outside specialist for the surgical placement of dental implants. This can be expensive and stressful. In contrast, Dr. Kendrick can perform both implant placement and restoration right here in our convenient Midwest City clinic. His training from the Misch International Implant Institute makes him highly qualified to help patients from their initial implant consultation all the way until they receive their final restoration and beyond.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous benefits, including:
- Total tooth replacement. Dental implants replace both the roots and crowns of teeth. Most tooth replacement options replace only the visible portion of lost teeth.
- Long-lasting results. Dental implants have the potential to last for 30 years or longer.
- Reliable biting power. Dental implants in Midwest City can enable you to eat practically any food without taking special precautions.
- High success rate.Dental implants are successful in over 95 percent of cases.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Are you missing one tooth? A few teeth? All of your teeth? No matter the extent of your tooth loss, dental implants may be the ideal way for you to regain a complete, strong, and functional set of teeth. This premier tooth loss solution can help practically any healthy adult replace any number of missing teeth. Whether you’re about to have a tooth extracted, are unhappy with your dentures, or are simply tired of living with gaps in your smile, we can help you replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
As long as your jawbone is done developing and you’re relatively healthy, there is a very good chance that you’ll be eligible for dental implants. To be considered a good candidate, you will typically need to have these three things:
- Good overall health: Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure, so you’ll need to be well enough to undergo minor surgery.
- Great oral health: Issues like cavities and gum disease can potentially cause dental implants to fail, so they’ll need to be addressed first.
- Adequate jawbone density: It’s essential that your jawbone is strong enough to support dental implants for your treatment to be successful.
Not every patient is a good candidate initially. Thankfully, preliminary procedures such as bone grafting, gum disease therapy, and tooth extractions can help get you ready for your brand-new smile.
Once you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we’ll work with you to design a custom treatment plan. The number of dental implants you’ll need and the type of restoration will depend on how many teeth you’re missing:
Missing 1 Tooth
To replace a single lost tooth, Dr. Kendrick can insert a single dental implant into the jawbone and top it with a custom-made dental crown. This self-supporting restoration is a much better choice than a traditional dental bridge, which requires filling down the neighboring healthy teeth. A single tooth dental implant supports the surrounding teeth and encourages a healthier jawbone.
Missing Multiple Teeth
An implant bridge is often the perfect solution for patients who are missing three or more consecutive teeth. This type of prosthetic is similar to a traditional fixed bridge. However, instead of being supported by the remaining natural teeth, it gains all its strength from dental implants that support it on each end.
Multiple missing teeth around the mouth can be individually replaced by single tooth dental implants. If there are many missing teeth, it may be more cost-effective to pair a partial denture with dental implants to replace them all with a single prosthetic.
Missing All Teeth
For totally edentulous (missing all teeth) patients, an implant denture may be the perfect prosthetic. With just a few strategically placed dental implants, we can anchor a full denture in place to restore an entire arch of missing teeth. Unlike its traditional counterpart, an implant denture will never slip or pop out of place at embarrassing times and allows you to eat all your favorite foods once again. An implant denture can be permanently fixed in place, or it may be removable and simply “snap” onto and off of the implants with the help of small metal attachments.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There is no doubt that dental implants in Midwest City offer eligible patients the best solution for missing teeth, and this high quality does come at a higher price. The total cost of your implant procedure will depend on a few factors, including how many teeth you need to have replaced and how healthy your jawbone is. Before your consultation, take some time to learn more about the cost of dental implants — and how we can help you make them more affordable.
The Cost of Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implants vary widely in cost. The size of the implant post, the material used, and the manufacturer all impact the price. Some low end implants can be as little as $500 a piece, but higher quality implants typically run between $1500 and $3000 each. We are happy to talk to you about a range of options that we think offer a predictable success rate, but the average dental implant cost is still about $2000 per implant prior to restoration. That means the total treatment cost to replace a single tooth with a dental implant will be between $3000 and $4500.
Dental Insurance Coverage
The first thing the Midwest City Dental Center team will do when pricing your dental implant treatment is evaluate your dental insurance policy. By having a complete understanding of your coverage and how dental implants fit into the benefit plan, we’re able to minimize out of pocket costs associated with these treatments. More insurance providers than ever before are offering a percentage of coverage for patients in need of dental implant supported tooth replacement. Even if the implant procedure is not covered, we are usually able to use dental insurance for the replacement tooth or dental prosthetics. In some cases, we’re able to work with medical insurance providers to offer coverage for the surgical placement of the implant post.
CareCredit Financing Plans
Patients who want to spread the cost of treatment across several months, may want to consider getting preapproved for financing through CareCredit. This third-party financier specializes in offering low and no interest payment plans for qualified patients. This is a great solution to cover the out-of-pocket costs of treatment without needing to pay high interest rates from traditional credit cards.
Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts
Many companies offer flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts as part of their employees’ insurance benefit packages. If you have an opportunity to take advantage of either of these options, this can be a great way to offset the cost of your dental implant placement. Talk to your company’s human resources or benefits office to find out more about these savings accounts that often include employer matching contributions.