When a tooth goes missing, most replacements only bring back the portion you can see, called the crown. While this helps the smile look better, these restorations are inherently much less stable than real teeth because they lack the important root structure. This is where dental implants distinguish themselves. They actually replace the root with a small titanium post, giving new teeth a strong and secure foundation that patients will be able to rely on for decades to come. If you’re serious about treating your tooth loss, then implants offer the most complete solution available today.
In order for a patient to be a good candidate for dental implants, they need three basic things: good dental health, stable overall health, and enough strong jawbone to support the new roots. When all of these requirements are met, our team can help you decide which of the following restorative options is best for you:
Normally, the teeth on either side of a missing one would need to be filed down in order to support a bridge, but with a dental implant, a single root and crown can be placed directly between the healthy teeth without disturbing them at all.
For missing teeth located around the mouth, multiple implant-supported crowns can be placed anywhere, but for consecutive missing teeth, just two implant roots can hold up to four teeth at once. Unlike a regular bridge, implant bridges appear more natural because they don’t have an obvious black line near the gums.
An entire arch of teeth can be completely restored using just four to six implants that hold a full denture in place. The prosthetic simply snaps onto the implants, and it can be designed to be fixed or removable depending on a patient’s preferences. Either way, it will have a much stronger hold than a traditional removable denture.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone using a minor surgery, and for this procedure, we refer our patients to one of our trusted local specialists. Each one has performed the treatment countless times and has undergone years of hospital-based training to gain their expertise. After a patient has had a chance to heal from placement (which can take about 3-6 months), they will return to our office to receive their brand new teeth.
It’s important to know that there is no set price for dental implants, and the final cost of the procedure will be based on a patient’s particular needs and situation. The number of implants used, the kind of restoration, and the need for preparatory procedures can all make the treatment more or less expensive.
While implants can be a sizeable investment in your smile, we believe they are one worth making. In addition to offering the best aesthetics and function of any treatment, they also last much longer as well. Over time, they actually save people money because they don’t need to be routinely replaced like regular dentures and bridges.
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