Dental Implant Special
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This offer does not include abutment and restoration. Is based upon condition of bone, oral environment and implant location. Offer valid only for new patients.
Dental Implants: Restoration and Placement
Patients who prefer to replace a missing tooth with a restoration that looks and feels like a natural tooth can turn to dental implants as a treatment for tooth loss. These devices offer the most advanced tooth replacement technology available and are the only structurally complete option that fills in for both the absent root and crown.
Dental implants are inserted into the jaw in a surgical procedure that takes just a few hours and is completed in our office at the patient’s convenience. Most patients are able to resume their normal routines within a matter of days after implant placement.
After the dental implant is placed, the patient is fitted with a lifelike restoration to replace the necessary number of teeth. Our prosthodontist will design a beautiful restoration specifically for your smile. If you have biological teeth that remain in your mouth, the restoration should blend in with them seamlessly.
In the course of the months following dental implant placement, bone forms a bond with the implant in a process called osseointegration. When your dental implants have healed completely, you can use them just as you would your natural teeth. Your prosthodontist will give you instructions to care for your implant properly.
Dental implants have a number of benefits, which is why this treatment is quite popular. They are durable and stable because of the bond between bone and implant. They also are highly functional, mimicking the chewing capacity of natural teeth and preserving the patient’s ability to speak properly.
Prior to dental implant treatment, patients may have the following questions:
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small cylinder made out of titanium, which is a biocompatible material. That means that the surrounding jawbone can form a permanent bond with the dental implant. That process, known as osseointegration, unfolds over the course of several months after the implant is inserted in the jaw. When it is complete, the implant becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth. The implant serves as an artificial tooth root and can support a crown, bridge or even an entire denture, depending on the patient’s needs.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Without examining the patient, it’s impossible to say whether any one individual is a good candidate for dental implants. We encourage you to schedule an evaluation if you are interested in this treatment. The best candidates for long-term dental implant success have enough bone at the implant site to support osseointegration. So, if patients put off getting dental implants for a lengthy time after tooth loss or if they have inadequate bone for some other reason, it can create an obstacle to dental implant placement. Even in those cases, though, other supplemental procedures like bone grafts can help patients access the desired treatment.
How do implants prevent bone loss?
Implants are structurally similar to a biological tooth’s root, which plays an important role in the smile’s stability although it is hidden below the surface. When that root is missing and not replaced after tooth loss, the bone will slowly erode. Because dental implants function like a biological tooth’s root, they help to preserve the integrity of the bone. This characteristic of dental implants makes it less likely that the restoration will lose its fit over time and need to be replaced.
How many teeth can be replaced by dental implants?
Dental implants are tremendously versatile in terms of the tooth loss scenarios that they can address. A dental implant supporting a crown can be used to replace a single tooth. Dental bridges can be anchored with dental implants in cases where a number of teeth are missing. In some cases, as few as four implants can also be used to secure an upper or lower denture, or both. So, you may be able to use dental implants whether you need to fill in for a lone absent tooth or restore your entire smile.
How much do dental implants cost?
Many factors influence the cost of dental implants, which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Considerations include the implant site, the type of implant and restoration desired, additional procedures that may be needed to prepare for implant placement and related costs for services such as x-rays. We will discuss this further with you during your consultation, and we offer multiple financing options to help you fit these costs into your budget. To learn more about dental implants or ask any other questions you may have about this intervention, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our prosthodontist can evaluate your case and recommend the best course of treatment for you.