Dental implants are the best solution for replacing missing teeth because of their durability and natural look. They look and function just as a natural tooth would. Not only can they restore your smile back to its whole and beautiful state, but they will help preserve your jaw structure. When you have missing teeth, the remaining teeth can move out of place and create hollows in your cheeks, giving you a “sunken in” look. This can make you appear older than you are. Many patients experience a restored, youthful appearance when they receive dental implants. They are beautiful and durable and are the longest lasting method for tooth replacement. With the proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you are looking to regain your confidence when you smile, laugh, and eat, dental implants are the solution for you. You will be able to speak and eat comfortably and without fear or shame of dentures falling out or a missing tooth gap being exposed. Dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and regular exams. They will help prevent bone loss in your jaw and restore that youthful appearance to your smile!
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants will give you the confidence to speak, eat and smile without fear or shame of missing teeth or dentures. They are a permanent solution for replacing your missing teeth.
Dental Implants can:
- Preserve a youthful appearance. When teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate which leaves you with a sunken, aged appearance. Dental implants keep your jawbone from deteriorating which helps preserve your facial structure.
- Blend in with your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference!
- Allow you to eat, talk and smile with confidence. Because of their durability and natural appearance, you will never think twice about your replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, you will never have to remove them, so you can eat whatever you want!
- Eliminate slipping or sliding experienced with dentures or dental bridges
- They are permanent. With proper care, your dental implants should last you a lifetime.
A dental implant is a titanium screw implanted into the jawbone that acts as a sturdy base for an abutment on which your restorative tooth will be placed. The implant is a replacement for your natural tooth root. They can replace one, many, or all of your teeth with a completely natural look.
The entire process to get dental implants can take a few months, but the results are worth the time and will pay off over the lifetime of your implants. First, the implant itself will be placed. The implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. It acts just as a tooth root would. It then becomes fused to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, which creates a strong bond for your prosthesis. The fusion process takes between three and six months. Once the implant has fused to the jaw, an abutment can be placed that acts as a foundation for your new tooth. A replacement crown is created that is unique to your mouth and tooth, and will fit seamlessly with your smile.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. If you are currently wearing dentures and are looking for a more permanent and comfortable alternative, you may also be eligible for dental implants.
Individuals who have let missing teeth go untreated for a while may have more difficulty getting implants. This is because dental implants require a proper amount of bone density in the jaw to be placed securely. When a tooth is lost, bone material in the jaw begins to deteriorate. If you have gone a longer period of time without replacing a missing tooth, there are other solutions available to improve bone density, such as bone grafting, to allow for dental implantation.
With dental implants there will only be a one-time cost. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants do not require costly maintenance or replacement.
The cost of your dental implants is dependent on a number of factors:
- Number of teeth being replaced
- Whether or not you require a bone graft to support your implant
- Number of implants required to support your replacement teeth
We will be able to provide you with a fairly accurate estimate of the cost of your dental implant during your initial consultation. We are happy to go over payment options with you to find one that best suits your budget.
Most often, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance carriers. However, they typically cover parts of the procedure such as sedation, crowns, removal, etc. Out-of-pocket medical expenses are usually tax deductible.