Dental Implants in Rochester
Replace Lost Teeth Seamlessly
Facing the day without a complete and confident smile can often be a struggle; thankfully, this situation doesn’t have to be permanent with Vollo Dental Group’s experienced support. We offer several reconstructive services for regaining what’s been lost, and dental implants are right at the top of the list because of their outstanding health and aesthetic benefits.
You may not know this, but your natural tooth is composed of two distinct parts: the white, visible crown and the root beneath the gums. Without a tooth root in place, patients are likely to experience jawbone deterioration and damaged oral health as a result. Dental implants are the only treatment option that starts with this essential support system, creating a finished “tooth” that is complete, strong, and long-lasting.
Dental implants have truly changed the way we approach dentistry. Whether our team is working on replacing a single tooth, stabilizing a denture, or recreating an entire arch of teeth, they’ve given us the ability to solve the serious problems caused by tooth loss with long-term success and predictability. To get started here in Rochester, NY, please don’t hesitate to contact our office! Dr. Joseph Vollo, Dr. Katherine Vollo, and the rest of our team look forward to meeting you.
The Dental Implant Process: An Overview
Have you decided that dental implants sound right for you? This transformative process consists of several important steps, and we will be happy to guide you through all of them.
- First, patients will need to attend a consultation, during which we’ll want to hear from you. Why are you interested in dental implants? What are you hoping that implants will do for your smile? How can our team help you achieve your goals? We will review all of these questions in detail so that we can ensure that this procedure is truly the best option for your personal situation.
- After this conversation, our doctors will need to carefully inspect your overall oral health so that we can determine whether implants are a good fit for your mouth’s long-term blueprint as well. Which teeth are missing? Is there enough healthy bone in these areas? We strive to be as comprehensive as possible in our approach so we can limit unexpected surprises as we move forward.
- Every implant we place is thoroughly planned beforehand with the help of a CBCT scan. This detailed radiograph is captured in minutes at our practice, and it will help us understand the quality and quantity of your bone structure in every dimension. This will give us all the information we need to create a highly accurate surgical guide that minimizes the chances of complications and even decreases the overall length of the procedure.
- After the implant has been surgically placed, it will need time to integrate with your jawbone before it can be successfully restored through a process known as osseointegration. The length of this process differs from patient to patient, but it can be expected to last anywhere from one to three months. Once the area is healed and ready, we will start working on a new, custom restoration for it.
Implant Crowns & Bridges
After the implants have been able to form a strong, natural bond with the oral tissue and bone, it will be time for our doctors to start designing the ideal restoration for the implant(s). There are several options available for this, depending on the number of teeth that need to be restored. For instance, dental crowns are the right choice for rebuilding individual teeth/implants without harming surrounding natural teeth. Alternatively, implant-retained bridges can be used to replace consecutive missing teeth by anchoring in place over two implants on either side of the gap.
Dental implants can also be used to effectively replace several teeth or even an entire arch! Instead of using one implant per tooth, this technique can save our patients cost while still providing them with revitalizing, long-term improvements. Implant-retained dentures come in two major forms – the hybrid model is designed to be permanently fixed in place within the mouth, while overdentures remain removable in nature for patients who are already used to this convenience.
Once tooth loss occurs and the jawbone no longer has any stimulation in the form of a root in place, deterioration is likely to become a gradual process. If a patient has been missing teeth for many years and is now interested in dental implants, we may find that their remaining bone structure in the necessary areas cannot successfully support the placement. However, this doesn’t have to be a problem! Our dentists can perform a site-specific bone grafting procedure as a solution to recreate an adequate foundation for implant placement.
When we extract a natural tooth for whatever reason, a small hole is left in the mouth that can shrink and recede very quickly. In order to preserve this area for the eventual placement of a dental implant, socket preservation can be performed. This can be accomplished in several ways, including the addition of new bone material, an artificial membrane, or stimulating proteins. Our goal is to heal the surgical site while preventing the collapse of nearby tissue and create a solid foundation for the new implant down the road.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
Surgically placing dental implants is a precise art and one that our doctors definitely want to get right the first time around. That’s why we use state-of-the-art 3D Cone Beam technology as an essential part of our planning for your procedure. This machine captures an exhaustively detailed image of your jaw, teeth, and facial skeleton; as a result, we can map out the most successful path for the new implant(s) while avoiding problematic areas like facial nerves and sinuses.
Common Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve heard that dental implants are expensive. Can I even afford them?
This is commonly the biggest obstacle for most patients and expectedly so. It’s important to keep in mind that implants are an investment and a long-term solution for many dental problems. You use your teeth throughout each and every day by eating, talking, and even simply expressing yourself. The benefits you can expect to enjoy are numerous, valuable, and even possibly lifelong.
CareCredit is available through our office and has been helpful for many of our patients. We can also develop individualized payment plans in many situations.
Will my insurance cover anything?
Most insurance companies will cover a portion of the dental implants procedure. Our front desk will always be happy to help you determine how we can maximize your coverage.
Getting dental implants sounds painful. Is it?
The procedure itself is very similar to any other routine service you’d receive in our office. We will make sure you are comfortably anesthetized so that you do not experience discomfort during the process. Believe it or not, the recovery from receiving dental implants is very minimal in most cases. The surgical site is closed on the day of the procedure and the soft tissue in the oral cavity heals very quickly. We make a post-operative call the next day and usually find that our patients have resumed their daily lives with minimal concern.