As an adult, losing a tooth can be traumatic. But it’s more common than you might think. Nearly half of all adults age 30 or older show signs of gum disease, one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Sudden shocks can also lead to the loss of one or more teeth. By age 74, 24% of adults have lost all their teeth. Complications of tooth loss can include rapid bone loss, speech problems, or difficulty chewing.
If you have lost your teeth, dental implants can help you regain your confidence and smile. Dental implants are surgically inserted devices that provide support for artificial permanent teeth.
While dentures may move or make noise, dental implants stay in place. These titanium dental implants fuse with your jawbone, making it easier to speak, chew, and swallow.
Choose the right surgeon
Be sure to choose a surgeon who has experience with traditional dental implants and zygomatic implants – a form of dental implant for people with weak or missing bone in the upper jaw. In metro Omaha, oral and maxillofacial surgeon Jason Untrauer, MD, DDS, is the most well-known zygomatic implant surgeon.
Dr. Untrauer has several years of surgical training in addition to his dental and medical degrees. As an Associate Professor of Surgery, Dr. Untrauer keeps abreast of the latest advances and innovations in surgery. He is a member of several surgical societies, including the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
What to expect when getting dental implants
“During the first appointment, I will use X-ray imaging to assess the bone structure and make a recommendation,” says Dr. Untrauer. For some people, traditional dental implants make the most sense. But if your upper bone cannot support traditional dental implants, zygomatic implants are a great alternative.
Dr. Untrauer coordinates your dental care with a prosthodontist or restorative dentist. Together you will make a plan for the surgery that fits your schedule.
Traditional dental implants and zygomatic implants are outpatient surgeries, meaning you will go home the same day. You will be under general anesthesia for the operation, so you won’t remember anything or feel anything. Dr. Untrauer can perform surgeries at any of our outpatient centers:
Either on the day of surgery or the next day, your prosthodontist screws in a temporary prosthesis while you heal from surgery.
Cost of dental implants
Dental implants are more comfortable and have a more natural look than dentures. If your dentures are constantly slipping, causing excessive saliva, or irritating your mouth, you might consider dental implants worth the price.
Dental implants are an investment, but they can save you money in the long run. While dentures need to be replaced every five to ten years, dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Dental implants are also easier to maintain than dentures, requiring fewer trips to the dentist.
Insurance usually does not cover dental implants – it is a reimbursable procedure. The total cost of preoperative care, X-rays, surgeries and postoperative care ranges between $10,000 and $15,000 for four implants. “We set a fixed price for patients and go over all the details in advance,” says Dr. Untrauer.
Depending on your income and expenses, you may be eligible for financial assistance. You can make an appointment with a financial advisor to get started.
“Many patients have told me that these dental implants have changed their lives,” says Dr. Untrauer. “They love the results.”
Get your questions about implant cost and care answered
Call 800.922.0000 to schedule a dental implant consultation.