What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a surgical component that connects to the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Frequently the term "dental implant" is used to describe the entire restoration of an implant, abutment, and crown.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are most often made of titanium as this material is strong and can fuse to human bone in a process called osseointegration. This process also protects the bone in the mouth from bone deterioration. For this reason we suggest getting an implant as soon as possible after a tooth is lost, or if possible at the time of extraction.
Dental implants replace missing teeth in the most natural feeling way. The tooth looks, feels, and functions like a regular tooth. This means it can withstand natural chewing pressure unlike other options such as a flipper and feels natural when speaking.
Unlike a dental bridge, a dental implant does not require reducing other teeth. This is a one tooth solution for a one tooth problem, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth for better hygiene. With good care, it’s possible for implants to last a lifetime.
What does a dental implant cost?
This price is all inclusive with the implant placed along with the abutment and crown. Occasionally there can be additional charges if a patient requires extractions, bone grafting, or other measures.
We understand that dental implants can be expensive. We are always up front with our patients on how much implants cost at our office, and make sure our prices are some of the lowest you’ll find! We also accept most insurances and flex-spending plans and also have no-interest financing.
What are the alternatives to dental implants?
If a tooth is missing there are really only a couple options besides an implant.
The first is a partial denture or "flipper. For some people flippers can be uncomfortable and potentially damage other teeth in the mouth through the repetitive placing and removal of the prosthesis. We general only recommend flippers for temporary use.
The second alternative is a dental bridge. A bridge can feel natural and look good, but it requires grinding down the neighboring teeth of the one that needs replacement. This in turn can make these teeth more susceptible to future failure themselves.
Will it be painful?
During the procedure, most patients only require local anesthesia, which takes away almost any pain you would normally feel. This doesn't make you nauseous and won't prohibit you from driving. However, many patients prefer additional anesthesia. Nitrous gas is available for no extra cost and IV sedation is available for an additional charge.
Partial denture or "flipper"