Dental Implants

Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions naturally.

Dental Implants

Losing a tooth is a big deal! Studies have shown that people with teeth tend to live longer than people that do not have teeth or a replacement for their missing teeth. Having some or many missing teeth have been linked to earlier development of Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, heart disease, as well as early death. A person suffering from tooth loss will experience many challenges. The most obvious of these challenges are difficulties when chewing and speaking. When tooth loss is left untreated it can result in very serious problems like tooth shifts, jawbone destruction, facial structure loss, and bite imbalances. These issues usually develop over time when there is no root system to maintain bone health and alignment. Dental implants provide an artificial root system to maintain order and keep the remaining teeth in line. They can not only help a patient overcome short-term challenges, but they can also prevent long-term problems linked to tooth loss.

Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement options available. They are made of titanium metal and placed below the gumline. During the months following the placement of implants, the bone marrow surrounding the implants grows and holds the implants in place. This lets the implants act as a replacement for the root structure of the missing tooth. After that, an artificial tooth is placed on the implant, connected by a small metal piece (also known as an abutment).

illustration of dental implant being place in mouth
  • What types of dental implants exist?

    Two of the most commonly used dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are the most common dental implant option. They are comprised of a titanium metal rod that is installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that is specifically designed to secure either a dental crown or a dental bridge. All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary dental implant system in which an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Each implant is strategically placed so that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using four implants is that it helps promote faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.

  • What is the procedure for dental implants? Are dental implants safe?

    The first step is having the dentist visually examine the site in the mouth where the dental implant is being considered. The dentist must also see whether or not there is a tooth or teeth that need to be removed first. If there are one or more teeth that need to be removed, your dentist will discuss which type of bone graft needs to be completed and the purpose for it. These procedures will take place first and the patient will be allowed a few months to heal fully so that strong bone will be present at the site where the implant is being planned.

    Once the workup is completed, the dental implant is placed into the bone, and the area is allowed to heal until the bone fuses to the implant. This is followed by regular check-ups to ensure proper healing and to make sure that there is no infection around the implant.

  • How much does a dental implant cost?

    Dental implant costs vary based on how many teeth you’re replacing, insurance coverage, and the type of prosthesis the implant is meant to support (crown, denture, etc.). Typically, implants cost between $3,000 – $6,000 per tooth before any discounts and coverage from your insurance.

    While out-of-pocket costs for patients with dental insurance vary based on the particular plan, coverage, and limitations, we’re always happy to provide our best estimate of cost based on those factors just after your consultation appointment. Whether you have insurance or not, our team is dedicated to helping you find payment solutions that work for your budget. We have multiple payment plans and financing options so that you can smile, talk, and eat with confidence!

  • What do we use dental implants for?

    Implants have a variety of uses in dentistry. The most common use is the replacement of a single tooth in the back of the mouth. But, there are so many more uses. They can be used to help hold dentures in place, support bridges, or replace an entire row of teeth on the top or bottom. In almost all cases, implants can be used to help give people back the teeth they have lost in a way that most resembles their natural teeth in terms of looks and function.

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