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.
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Dental implants stand out as among the top choices for tooth replacement due to their effectiveness. Crafted from titanium metal, they are surgically placed beneath the gumline. Over the following months, the surrounding bone fuses with the implants, securely anchoring them in place. This integration allows implants to serve as substitutes for the missing tooth’s root structure. Following this, an artificial tooth is affixed onto the implant, connected via a small metal piece known as an abutment.
Tooth loss presents numerous challenges for individuals. The top difficulties include chewing and speaking clearly. If left unaddressed, tooth loss can lead to serious complications such as tooth shifting, jawbone deterioration, loss of facial structure, and bite imbalances. These issues typically arise over time when there’s no root system to maintain bone health and alignment. Dental implants offer an artificial root system that not only addresses immediate challenges but also prevents long-term problems associated with tooth loss, ensuring proper order and alignment of remaining teeth.
What types of dental implants exist?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, an entire row of teeth, or all of your teeth. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend a single implant, multiple implants, an implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal dental implants are the most common 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 (single implant) or a dental bridge (implant-supported bridge).
All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 dental implants (implant-supported dentures) 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?
The dental implant process involve numerous steps to complete the entire procedure. Each patient’s process will vary, depending on your oral health at the time, type and number of implants, and if any tooth extraction or bone grafting is required.
- Consultation and exam. Before deciding if dental implants are right for you, we will complete a full exam, including x-rays to measure bone health, a review of your medical history, then discuss your treatment options.
- Tooth extraction. If necessary, we will remove the tooth/teeth being replaced by implant(s). If there is bone loss around the extraction site, we will perform a dental bone graft.
- Dental bone graft / dental sinus lift. If your jawbone needs additional bone mass, we will perform a bone graft, or sinus lift to attach extra bone material to your jaw or between your jaw and sinuses. The new bone material then heals and bonds to your jawbone before implant placement.
- Implant placement. The implant will be surgically placed in the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. If you have an aesthetic concern, we will place a temporary tooth before the implant crown is completed.
- Implant healing. After your implant is placed, osseointegration begins. During this, your jawbone heals around the dental implant, fusing with the implant, and providing a solid base for your new artificial tooth. This process can take several months to complete.
- Abutment / crown placement. The abutment is the piece where your artificial tooth (crown) will be placed. The abutment is attached to the implant, and then the crown is placed on the abutment.
How much does a dental implant cost?
Dental implant costs vary based on how many teeth you’re replacing, insurance coverage, and the extent of each implant procedure.
While out of pocket costs for patients with dental insurance vary on the particular plan, coverage, and limitations, we’re always happy to provide an estimate of cost based on those factors just after your consultation appointment. For those without dental insurance, we work to keep implants affordable by fixing the implant cost and providing flexible payment plan options.See Accepted Insurance & Financing
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