Whether it's one or multiple, dental implants can offer a permanent and natural-looking solution for replacing lost teeth. They are a dependable source for effective tooth replacement and can provide you with a long-term solution.
Dental implants are considered to be one of the most effective tooth replacement solutions. They are constructed from titanium metal and inserted below the gum-line, into the jaw bone. Following the placement of the implants, bone marrow in the area begins to grow and attach to the implants. This leads to the same support as the root structure of a regular tooth. An artificial tooth then gets affixed onto the implant using a small metal connector, know as an abutment.
When a person experiences tooth loss, many challenges arise. Chewing and speaking clearly can become difficult. If left untreated, long-term problems like tooth shifts, jawbone deterioration, and bite imbalances can develop. Dental implants offer a solution to these issues, providing an artificial root system to maintain alignment and order of the remaining teeth. Not only can they help a patient address immediate challenges, but they can also help to prevent long-term problems associated with tooth loss.
What types of dental implants exist?
Endosteal implants and All-on-4 implants are two of the most commonly used dental implants. Endosteal implants are the most popular option and are composed of a titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone and a supporting post to secure a dental crown or bridge. All-on-4 implants are revolutionary in that an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Traditional implants typically require around eight or more. Placement of the implants is strategic to ensure the replacement teeth remain secure, and the four implants help promote faster patient recovery and reduce the risk of implant failure.
What is the procedure for dental implants? Are dental implants safe?
The process for obtaining a dental implant begins with a consultation and a visual examination of the site. After that, it will be decided if any teeth need to be extracted. If so, this procedure will be conducted. Following this, the patient is given a few months to heal to ensure the bone, at the implant site, is strong enough. Once this is confirmed, the dental implant is inserted and covered with a healing cap. Regular check-ups are then conducted to monitor the healing process and ensure there is no infection around the site.
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. Typically, implants cost between $2,000 – $3,000 per tooth, which is just for the implant—it does not include the abutment (the piece that connects the implant to the artificial tooth) or artificial tooth.
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.
Questions About Dental Implants?
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