What is Dental Implant?
Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of missing teeth for patients that can afford this very high performance option. We can think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, in the form of titanium screws that can be inserted about 8-11mm into the patient’s jaw bone. During dental implant surgery, dental implants are placed in the area where natural teeth were lost due to dental infections and/or disease. The finished result is a beautiful and durable prosthetic tooth that feels like a natural tooth. While other cheaper options for replacing missing teeth exist, dental implants can create a very natural and functional smile for the patient. Dental implants are always the best option for replacing a missing tooth and it is almost as good as a natural tooth. It’s very difficult to distinguish the implant crown from your natural teeth. With that being said, implants are not guaranteed to last forever and they will fail eventually at which time they will need to be removed and redone with further bone grafting etc.
How Dental Implant Works?
A dental implant replaces the missing tooth’s root structure with an artificial titanium screw that functions as a new root for the missing tooth. This new root structure is used to secure the new tooth into position. The implant body is made of titanium and is integrated into the jaw-bone below the surface of the gum. This titanium implant is non-ferric which means it won’t cause you to trigger the metal detector at the air port security line. After the implant is placed and heals, then a porcelain crown is then attached to the top of the implant to mimic the profile of your natural teeth. We use hand-crafted porcelain crowns to ensure the new tooth perfectly matches the size, shape and color of the surrounding teeth.
How much Dental Implant Costs?
The cost of dental implants is unique for each patient. There are several factors affecting the cost of your implants including insurance coverage details and the cost of additional bone grafting or sinus lift procedures your case may require. Although implants are the most expensive option, they offer improved dental health and many benefits that dentures and bridges can’t provide. In our office you will be charged at least $2800 for a completely restored implant but if you need ridge augmentation then its $1400 extra and sinus lift can cost as much as $2000 extra. Some people pay for bone grafting and the bone doesn’t grow enough. Thus, we have to charge them for a second round of bone grafting. There is never any guarantee the bone grafting or implant will be successful. Sometimes cases fail for no apparent reason and sometimes there are just genetic factors involved in these failures.
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( includes implant, abutment & crown; *may not be applicable when applying insurance benefits;
*bone grafting charged separately)
What are the advantages of an implant?
Implants create the most natural and life-like solution to a missing tooth. The result is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth, except for some additional maintenance requirements such as special flossing techniques and water pik irrigation around the implant crown. Also sometimes the screw that secures the implant in place may come loose or need to be replaced..
Other solutions for replacing missing teeth – either a bridge or dentures – are not as long-lasting or natural-looking and they do not provide the bone preserving features that only implants can give you. Implants allow you to eat, speak and maintain an oral health regimen as if you still had natural teeth. Furthermore, by placing a implant in your bone and functioning on the implant each day applying pressure into the bone, this causes the body to preserve that bone and maintain it as healthy vital bone for you forever. If the implant is not placed then the body basically sacrifices that bone and allows it to resorb away because the body does not preserve bone that is not used for function..
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Easier eating
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved oral health
- Maintain your bone (avoid atrophy of the jaw bone)