Over 100 million Americans are currently dealing with one or more missing tooth, and if this includes you, then you’re perfectly aware of the daily struggles they can cause, whether they make speaking and eating more difficult or lower your confidence. At Crossroads Family Dentistry, our team is ready to help the people of our community overcome this problem for a lifetime using dental implants. Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire mouthful, we can use implants to rebuild your strong and beautiful smile so you can finally live your life again. To learn more about this wonderful treatment, read on below.
Dental implants consist of small titanium posts that are placed directly into the jaw in order to restore the root structure of lost teeth. They are the only treatment that does this, and not only does it give the new teeth an extremely sturdy base and natural look, but it also helps prevent the bone loss that is so common after tooth loss. They have over a 98% success rate, and with the proper maintenance, they can easily last for 30 years or more.
The cost of dental implants can vary greatly from person to person depending on their particular needs, such as how many implants they require, if any preparatory procedures are needed beforehand, and if a patient has any insurance coverage. After an initial consultation with your dentist and Jane, our Insurance & Financing Coordinator, we can give you a better idea of your overall cost as well as come up with a plan to help it fit easily into your budget.
The dental implant procedure typically involves two main phases: placement and restoration. For placement, a patient will undergo a minor surgery in which the implants are actually positioned within the jawbone.
Once a patient has healed (which can take about three to six months), they’ll return to our office for restoration, in which their new teeth (a crown) will be attached to the implants in order to complete the smile.
In the case of a single missing tooth, our dentists will use what is called an implant-retained crown to restore it. This will consist of the implant itself, a custom-made all-porcelain crown, and a metal connector called an abutment. The abutment will attach the crown to the implant, giving the tooth the same root-crown structure as the surrounding teeth. This will help it blend in completely with the smile, and it can also be trusted to be just as strong as a real tooth.
For patients missing multiple teeth in a row, implants can actually be used to support a bridge as well. Once an implant crown is placed in a patient’s mouth, it will be attached to additional prosthetic teeth to fill in the gap. Compared to a traditional bridge, implant bridges look more natural, have a better hold, and can be expected to last longer as well.
Do you have an uncomfortable or unreliable denture that constantly moves around in your mouth? We can use dental implants to fix this common problem. We can attach a set of prosthetic teeth to multiple dental implants to anchor it to the jawbone just like natural teeth. Compared to a traditional removable prosthetic, implant-retained dentures are much less likely to experience slipping and sliding, the fit will last longer, and a patient will even experience a much stronger bite.
Since dental implants are highly customizable and carry a long timeline of treatment planning, healing and restoration, your treatment will likely be different than another patient’s. Upon completing your consultation, we’ll discuss exactly what your options are and address any questions you have. We’ll also partner with a trusted oral surgeon who will plan your surgery. Afterwards, you’ll come back to our office to have your custom-made, natural-looking restoration placed!