Dental implants are an excellent choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth! Implants are a great way to provide a permanent replacement for any missing teeth. They look very natural and are easy to maintain.
What is an implant?
An implant is a post, or “screw”, that is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. This post is a precision milled titanium material that is placed into the jawbone where the root of a tooth would naturally sit.
Why do I need an implant?
Implants have three major functions. They can replace a single missing tooth, replace multiple adjacent missing teeth, or they can act as anchors to hold a partial or full removable denture using an All-On-4 implant treatment approach.
What are some advantages of implants?
In the past, the only way to replace a missing tooth was by placing a bridge. A bridge is three teeth fused together with the middle one in the space where the missing tooth is. Bridges can be a good treatment option in some cases, but the teeth on either side of the space are also affected. It is also much more difficult to keep clean. An implant replaces a tooth without attaching to anything else, much like your natural teeth.
Missing teeth can cause the jaw and bite to be misaligned. The addition of an implant to replace the missing teeth can correct the jaw and function of the person’s bite.
Another disadvantage of missing teeth is premature aging. The jawbone will shrink and resorb when no teeth are present. Implant placement helps the jaw remain strong and looking more youthful.
How do I get an implant placed?
Every case is unique but most cases begin with an appointment committed to preparation and planning. We start with diagnostic x-rays, a thorough examination and a consult with our treatment coordinator to review insurance and finances. Once the planning stage is complete, the implant is placed into the jawbone . This procedure usually takes around one hour for one implant and is done under local anesthetic to keep you comfortable.
What can I expect after my implant surgery?
After the surgery, you will have very minimal discomfort in the implant area. You can expect to feel some tenderness, and there will be a few dissolvable sutures the the gum tissue. We will wait and monitor the area while the bone integrates around the implant. The expected healing time is 3-5 months. Once the area is healed and the implant is integrated fully into the jawbone, a tooth, or crown, will be placed on top of the implant screw.
How do I care for my new implant?
Much like your other natural teeth! Proper brushing, flossing and regular check up cleaning appointments are crucial for the long term survival of a dental implant.
How much does it cost to have an implant placed?
Each case is unique, but depending on your overall dental health, an implant and crown to replace a single tooth can be done for as low as $2,890 or $120 per month with interest free financing.