If you are already missing teeth or have hopeless teeth that need to be removed, it is often possible to remove teeth, place the implants and secure fixed provisional teeth all in one day. Once the implants are fully healed, a beautiful final prosthesis can be made to your exact desires for tooth size, color and position.
Many straightforward implant treatments can take just a few months to complete. If a complex treatment plan requires significant jawbone reconstruction, it can take as long as 16 months. Your particular case may involve several one or two healing intervals, which are critical for success. There is no point in rushing through the treatment steps only to end up with a compromised result.
At your consultation, we will review your treatment options and the expected time frame to complete your treatment.
Implants last a long time. Under normal circumstances, dental implants can be expected to last about as long as natural teeth. The earliest implant patients have had over 45 years of success. Long term studies show over a 95 percent long-term success rate. The rate varies depending on the location within the mouth and density of the bone.
You will never be forced to go with no teeth. You can wear temporary or provisional teeth during all healing intervals, replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth. Some ideal situations may even allow a temporary crown or implant bridge to be placed immediately after implantation.
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Dental implants can improve the quality of life for almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth. If you desire to obtain the benefits of dental implants, you are probably an excellent candidate. Patients in their teens and in their 90s have been successfully treated. Your actual age is not a risk factor, and we never turn any patient away just because of advanced age.
Many of the factors that hurt success rates can be corrected before treatment. Smoking, poor oral hygiene, diabetes, severe osteoporosis, and certain medications are concerns that can be discussed at consultation. We also delay treatment on young children until the facial skeleton has completed growth.
As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implants with a toothbrush, floss and other recommended aids. You should also visit your restoring dentist at least twice each year for hygiene and maintenance.
We can keep you completely comfortable throughout your treatment. Since most every procedure can be performed while you are sound asleep, the actual implant procedures are a breeze. Implant treatment usually causes only mild postoperative discomfort and only a day or two of down time. If more extensive bone grafting is performed, the recovery can be longer. We always prescribe medications to keep you comfortable after treatment.
Complications are rare. An implant can become infected and may need to be removed, but after the site heals, another implant can usually be reattempted successfully. Grafted bone can also fail to heal properly and may require a revision or retreatment. A perfect esthetic result may be difficult to achieve, especially if the gum tissues have receded. Occasionally, we do touch up surgery to improve the gums surrounding the implant.
The general risks of dental implant surgery are similar to those described for extraction of teeth. There is a chance of minor complications such as infection, sinus floor injury, nerve injury (resulting in numbness), or prolonged recuperation. Serious complications are extremely remote, and the potential is related to your general health. The particular risks of your planned procedure will be discussed at your consultation.
Every person’s situation of tooth loss is unique; so treatment needs are different for every person. It is not possible to estimate the treatment costs without a thorough examination (our consultations are complimentary if you do not have dental insurance). We will explain your treatment options and give you an estimate of your expected insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs. There will be no surprises. For treatment that involves several stages, the total cost does not need to be paid up front.
Since dental implant treatment involves procedures performed by Dr. Stout and your restoring dentist, you should be careful to make sure that you have an accurate estimate from both doctors who will be involved in your care. The treatment done by your restoring dentist will include fees for temporary and final implant restorations.
Dental implants are the most cost-effective treatment over the long term, even though dental implant costs are about 25%-30% higher than fixed bridges. Their exceptional reliability and remarkable long-term success rate of over 95% is vastly superior to fixed bridges, where eventual bridge failure requires the full cost (and often more) for retreatment. Unfortunately, a bridge failure often causes the loss of more teeth and a more compromised final outcome.
Certain dental insurance plans will pay benefits for implant surgical procedures, and some cover the restorative treatments only. Medical insurance will sometimes cover treatment to replace teeth that were lost due to accidents or tumors. We offer a complimentary benefits check and will assist you in estimating your out-of-pocket costs after we evaluate your insurance coverage.
We invite you to call us for an initial consultation in either:
Camarillo (805) 389-9500 or
Oxnard (805) 981-8144.
New patients are always welcome, and we do not require a referral from your dentist or your insurance company. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your needs and help you decide if dental implant treatment is right for you.
Dental insurance will generally cover the cost of your consultation. If you do not have dental insurance, your consultation is complimentary. If you do have insurance, we do a complimentary benefits check too.
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"Dr. Stout gave me a perfect smile! No one can tell which of my teeth are implanted and which ones are natural."
- Angela M.,
"I was miserable with dentures. Dental implants didn't just fix my teeth; they made my life normal again."
- Solomon R.,