Dental implants are currently the best option to replace missing and broken teeth. Americans are living longer than ever and oftentimes they cannot maintain their natural smiles for the entirety of their life. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root in the shape of a post that is strategically positioned in the jawbone. Dental implants are typically made of titanium (the same material many hip and knee replacements are made of) and are usually well tolerated by the human body. After the implant post is placed, a replacement tooth is attached to the post.
If you have lost one or more teeth as a result of injury or disease, dental implants could help rejuvenate your smile and allow you to eat comfortably. State-of-the-art equipment and techniques along with sedation options help ensure safety, precision, and comfort.
If you have ever wondered about the cost of dental implants, you are not alone. Oftentimes that is one of the first questions patients ask at their consultation. Truth be told, every individual's situation is unique so the cost of treatment can vary. The best way to get an accurate estimate of the cost of your dental implant treatment is to schedule a free consultation, but some general pricing information can be found here.
Why Do I Need a Dental Implant?
When you lose one or more teeth it is imperative to consider replacement options. Not only can losing a tooth be painful and unhealthy, it can also affect your self-confidence. Missing teeth can make you hesitant to smile and unable to speak and eat as you did before. Of all the options available today to replace missing teeth, dental implants feel the most natural. Dental implants also help prevent deterioration of the surrounding bone and mimic your natural tooth structure.
Single or Multiple Dental Implants
Dental implants can be utilized to replace one tooth or an entire arch of teeth. If you are missing a few teeth, we can often strategically place implants in order to support permanent teeth. On the other hand, if you are missing all of your teeth, implants can be used to help permanently fix a denture (also known as a plate) in place.
Dental Implant Overdentures
Dental implant overdentures (also called click-in or snap-in dentures) are a cost-effective alternative to traditional dentures that utilizes strategically placed implants for added retention. Snap-in dentures are removable by the patient for easy cleaning, but offer superior stability when compared to conventional dentures. Dental implants can eliminate the need for the palate portion of top dentures (the part that covers the roof of the mouth), thus helping to reduce gagging sensations and diminished ability to taste food. Overdentures can also make loose lower dentures more stable, keeping them from floating around in your mouth. Click-in overdentures can help to increase your confidence, comfort, and function, thereby greatly increasing your quality of life.
Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day (All-On-4)
It can often be difficult to eat certain foods with a traditional denture. Permanent teeth-in-a-day utilizing dental implants can help make your dentures more stable so you can function better and have increased confidence. Permanent-teeth-in-a-day uses 4-6 angled implants to place an entire arch of non-removable teeth in just one day!
Due to the advancements made in dental implant technology, permanent-teeth-in-a-day is more affordable than ever. And unlike many other teeth replacement options utilizing implants, with permanent teeth-in-a-day you leave that same day with fixed teeth
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Advantages Over Partials and Bridges
While bridges and partials can fill in the gaps where you are missing teeth, they do not look or feel as natural as dental implants. In addition, dental implants have the added benefit of helping to maintain more of the bone structure in order to help keep your mouth healthy and your face and jaw looking full and youthful. Bridges also require that the adjacent (often healthy teeth) be compromised in order to support the prosthesis. In addition, implants can often last much longer than bridges.
Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning
Our state of the art technology helps ensure that your dental implant surgery is quick, precise, and comfortable. We use cutting-edge materials and equipment in order to help ensure that you receive the very best quality of care.
Post Treatment Care
Implants need to be cared for just as your natural teeth do. They require daily brushing and flossing in addition to regular check-ups at the dentist. Much like your natural teeth, the better you care for your replacement teeth the longer they will last.
Your sinuses are large, air-filled cavities on either side of your nose. Sometimes patients have large, low sinuses or their sinuses will enlarge after losing their back teeth in the upper arch. Because of this, it is relatively common for a sinus augmentation to be required prior to implant placement when replacing teeth on the top towards the back. The sinus augmentation pushes the sinuses up and fills the space with bone because implants need to be surrounded by bone and cannot be placed in the air-filled sinus spaces.
It is not uncommon for infected teeth to cause bone loss in surrounding areas. For this reason it is often necessary to have a bone graft placed in the affected site in order to help restore the defect from the sick tooth/teeth. The bone graft is usually done at the same time the tooth is removed and allowed to heal for 4-6 months prior to dental implant placement.