Did you know that over 30 million Americans are missing some or all of their teeth either on their upper or lower jaw or even both? Missing teeth can cause many problems. Aside from experiencing feelings of embarrassment surrounding the state their teeth are in, some patients can also develop an infection in the spaces that are left behind by these missing teeth. Remaining teeth can shift into these spaces created by missing teeth, which can make it harder for these patients to eat or speak correctly. Modern dental techniques have given patients a new option.
More than 15 million people in America have undergone a dental implant procedure to replace missing teeth. The success rate of these implants is over 98%. This revolutionary procedure brings you as close to growing your own natural, new teeth as possible. Dental implants are placed in your existing bone strategically by a trained, steady hand. Patients love the strength and usability of their implants. Modern porcelain implants offer an amazing result that may even leave you unaware that they are not your natural teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants will not slip or fall out, and best of all, you do not have to use any messy adhesives. The sense of confidence you develop with dental implants will leave you smiling for sure.
Dental implants are a set of replacement teeth that are placed directly on an artificial root to provide a solution for people who are missing one or more teeth. Dental implants are a very popular and more long-term solution for patients who are missing teeth due to injury, decay, and other dental issues. Dental implants are becoming the new standard in dental care.
What makes these implants so popular in the dental care community? Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are more stable because they fully integrate with your mouth. Dentures are just simply set in place on top of the gum line and held down with messy adhesives that can slip around or fall out of place. The sense of stability and the strength that you get with dental implants will leave you surprised.
Just how do dental implants replicate your natural teeth so closely? Dental implants are made up of three parts: the implant, abutment, and the crown. The implant is the screw-like part that actually sits down into your existing jawbone and holds the entire new tooth in place. The abutment is the part that connects the tooth (crown) to the root, or implant. It is permanent once it is placed, but it can be removed by your doctor if needed, which also contributes to the overall stability that these implants provide. The crown (or prosthetic tooth) is the part that you can actually see above the gumline. Usually, these parts are made of zirconium or porcelain, which gives the teeth strength in addition to their good looks.
A customized plan for your full course of treatment will take you along your journey to a beautiful smile. Many forms of innovative technology are used to achieve these results. Digital X-Rays, 3D models, photographs, and case guides all come together to give our patients a smile that they always want to show off. Nobody ever leaves our office without a smile on their face.
Many people also find out that the procedure itself is much easier than they thought it would be. A local anesthetic numbs the site, and experienced hands carefully guide the implant into place through a very small guide hole. Sometimes, a crown is placed at the time of surgery. Other cases that need to have multiple implants placed typically have temporary crowns placed so you can smile confidently right after your procedure.
Implants need time to strengthen while they firmly attach to the existing jawbone. You will be shown how to manage during this initial healing period, and how to make sure that you are able to eat and speak normally while still protecting your implants while they adjust and heal. This time period usually takes anywhere between 3 and 6 months as the implants situate fully into your jaw. Most of the time, patients will only experience very mild discomfort after the placement, especially in comparison to other dental procedures.
Planning Sets a Solid, Healthy Future
After the initial healing time has passed, crowns or bridges will be customized to each individual patient based on tooth color, size, and shape. They will be attached to the implant base with small screws or dental cement. From your initial consultation to the final placement of your implants, we are with you every step of the way. This allows for a full range of services to be considered, from the replacement of just one tooth to the restoration of your entire smile. Regardless of your situation, there's a solution for you.
An Amazing Value
The cost of dental implants is oftentimes something that holds patients back from receiving the proper care that they need to smile confidently and live comfortably. However, when compared to the replacement of other hard structures of the body, such as a knee or hip replacement, the placement of dental implants is usually done at just a small fraction of those costs. Most patients even go on with normal daily activities immediately and enjoy a lifetime of eating the foods they enjoy, feeling stable and strong in their teeth, and with a beautiful cosmetic appearance. We know that the cost of dental implants is an important factor in creating a complete plan that works for you.
The cost of dental implant services involves a lot of different options that are unique to every patient. Estimating a fee or charge without a careful evaluation of the specific patient’s needs doesn’t take into account the types of materials being used, the training that the doctor performing the procedure has, or the other factors that will give you a smile you deserve. This procedure is not something that is the same for everyone.
One thing remains sure: no matter what, you will get the highest possible care that modern dentistry can offer to you. That means you will have years of functionality and a smile that's both secure and strong, and also makes you proud to show it off! We look forward to talking with you and figuring out just how we can provide the best solution for you! Contact our office today to find out how dental implants can change your life!