Dental Implants — Hutchinson, KS
Aesthetic Restorative Treatments by Dr. Grant Ringler
It’s extremely important that you replace missing teeth. Whether you opt for dental implants, dentures, or a fixed bridge, replacing missing teeth will improve your overall oral health, comfort, function, and appearance. Even if you’re only missing one tooth, problems like bone loss, bite change, TMJ pain, and gum disease can occur quickly. Dental implants offer many benefits and are an increasingly popular alternative to bridges and dentures. In addition to being more stable than traditional dentures, they are easy to clean and maintain because they mimic your natural teeth. Restoring your beautiful smile has never been easier, and Hutchinson, KS dentist Dr. Grant Ringler can help you find the right option for you to create a uniquely stunning smile with dental implants.
Why Choose Grant D. Ringler, DDS for Dental Implants?
- Complete the Whole Dental Implant Process In-House
- Replace Any Number of Teeth With Highly Personalized Dental Restorations
- Flexible Dental Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
If you’ve ever wanted a replacement tooth that not only looks natural, but feels natural and lasts longer than any other tooth replacement, dental implants are difficult to pass up. Consisting of a titanium post, a dedicated restoration, and a connector that attaches these two components together, dental implants are considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth thanks to their longevity, esthetics, and functionality. When placed by a professional like Dr. Ringler, you can expect your dental implant to last for decades, if not for the rest of your life, thanks to their unique osseointegration process.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
Before we can begin your journey to a full, beautiful smile with dental implants in Hutchinson, we’ll go over the entire process step by step with you at your initial consultation, including cost of the procedure and healing time. While you wait for your appointment, however, you can read this generalized guide on how the dental implant process works. We’re proud to say that we offer every stage of your implant treatment (including the placement phase) in-house. If you haven’t scheduled a consultation yet to replace your missing teeth with this sturdy and long-lasting option, give us a call at (620) 708-4045.
The first step in the process of attaining a new and healthy smile is visiting Dr. Ringler for a consultation. During this appointment, we’ll lay out all the steps necessary for the process of creating your brand-new smile. Our team will thoroughly examine your smile by taking x-rays. We’ll also discuss options for your restoration that will top your implant, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Your consultation is also where you’ll find out whether you need any preparatory treatment before we can place your implants, such as gum disease treatment or a bone graft to increase the density of your jawbone. Once these procedures are squared away, you can move on to the next phase: dental implant placement.
Dental Implant Surgery
After we’ve discussed your treatment plan in detail with you, then you’re ready to schedule your implant placement surgery. This surgery is relatively simple and straightforward. Your dentist in Hutchinson will make a tiny incision in your gum tissue and then place the implant directly into the jawbone where your lost tooth root once was. To protect the implant and maintain your gum tissue throughout the healing process, a protective cap is placed over the implant. Before your abutment and restoration can be placed, a remarkable process called osseointegration must first occur.
Osseointegration & Abutment Placement
Osseointegration is a near-magical process by which your jawbone grows around the implant post during the few months following implant placement. This process can take anywhere from three to six months, depending on a few factors such as your body’s healing ability and how many implants you’re receiving. Once osseointegration is complete, we can place an abutment, a metal connector that anchors your restoration to your implant. Finally, we can take impressions and design your crown, bridge, or denture that will be meticulously crafted by a skilled dental lab team.
Delivery of Final Restoration
The last step in the process – receiving your new teeth – is finally here! By partnering with a dental lab, we can create a customized prosthesis that will attach to your newly integrated dental implants. After your restoration arrives, we’ll check to make sure it provides you with a powerful, comfortable, and well-aligned bite, making adjustments as needed until it does. When this process is complete, we’ll send you off into the world with your brand-new, lifelike smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are two parts to a tooth: the crown and the root. When you lose a tooth, the crown is often replaced, but the root is usually not. Losing the root can negatively affect your oral health by reducing your jawbone mass and eventually leading to future tooth loss. When you choose to receive dental implants, you will benefit from the following advantages:
- Preservation of bone in the jaw
- Preservation of facial shape
- Stimulation of new bone growth to prevent bone and gum recession
- As long as the dental implant is taken care of as recommended, you should feel little to no discomfort and heal completely. Hutchinson dentist Dr. Ringler is highly skilled in performing this procedure, and our team will help you make the decision that is right for you and your smile.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
When you’re getting ready to start a complex treatment plan like dental implant tooth replacement, your dentist in Hutchinson, Grant D. Ringler, DDS, and his team will take the time to carefully explain all aspects of care, including budgeting and scheduling. Many patients are initially surprised to hear the estimated cost for their dental implant plan, but when they understand how that cost breaks down over the course of several phases of treatment and delivers flawless, functional results, most patients think that it’s worth the investment. On this page, we’ve discussed some of the factors that will influence the costs of dental implants, but the only way to get an accurate estimate of pricing for your specific plan is to call Dr. Ringler and his dental team to schedule an appointment. We’ll walk you through the process and help you budget for every step of your dental implant tooth replacement plan, so we can all avoid unpleasant financial surprises.
Where the Majority of the Cost Comes From
The majority of the price of your dental implant tooth replacement plan will likely stem from the cost of your dental implant posts and their surgical placement. A single implant, depending on the manufacturer, materials used, and other factors, can range in price from $500 to $3000 or more before you even have the implant post placed. We can review your options with you and help you find a dental implant that will fit your budget without sacrificing quality or risking dental implant failure.
Factors that Influence Pricing
In addition to the cost of dental implant posts, there are a number of other factors that will influence the cost of your tooth replacement plan, including all of the following:
- Number of missing teeth
- Type of dental restoration used (crown, bridge, denture)
- Materials used for dental implant posts, abutments (connective pieces), and restoration
- Use of dental sedation to maintain comfort
- Need for preparatory tooth extractions or tissue grafts
Dental Insurance Coverage
The final factor that can influence the cost of your treatment plan is dental insurance. In most cases, dental insurance benefits don’t offer coverage for the dental implant posts themselves or their placement. However, other aspects of your tooth replacement plan may be covered, including the replacement teeth, preparatory procedures, and even dental sedation in some cases. Our team will do our utmost to maximize all available benefits to help you make the most of your coverage.
Benefits Worth the Investment
If you’re still on the fence, we would encourage you to at least schedule a tooth replacement consultation. During this appointment, we will review the advantages and disadvantages of each tooth replacement option available to complete your smile. Some of the benefits of dental implants we will discuss include:
- Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants actually replace the roots of missing teeth. This improves oral health by protecting surrounding teeth and oral structures from damage that can occur when placing a traditional fixed bridge, partial, or full denture.
- Additionally, the dental implant provides stimulus necessary to maintain healthy gum tissue volume and jawbone density, preserve the shape of your mouth and jawline, and prevent other unnecessary shifts or changes to your oral structures.
- Traditional tooth replacement options need to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years, but an implant supported restoration can last two to three decades or longer.
- Natural looking and feeling implant supported restorations allow you to eat all of your favorite foods and easily maintain your at-home oral hygiene routine.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants in Hutchinson are an investment in your oral health and your quality of life, but we know you still have several questions about the treatment. Dr. Ringler takes the time to carefully explain the process and addresses your concerns during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about dental implants to help you make the best choice for your smile.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
It’s estimated over 50% of adults in the U.S. have a form of gum disease, making it one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If you’ve lost teeth from the infection, you cannot replace them with dental implants until after you’ve had periodontal therapy. You may also need additional procedures to repair any damage caused by the infection, like a bone graft.
Can dental implants fail?
Dental implants are the most successful tooth replacement option, but they can fail. Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%. The leading cause of complications is a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. You can reduce your likeliness for it by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.