What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that feel like natural teeth because research indicates that they actually integrate with the jaw bone. Individual crowns, multi-unit bridges, or full-arch prosthesis can all be firmly—and permanently—supported by dental implants. Anyone who is missing one or several teeth because of injury, disease, or tooth decay is a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement because they fit, feel and function like natural teeth, and they are designed to last forever! Unlike crowns, bridges, dentures and partials that get their support from real teeth, dental implants cannot develop cavities or fracture, so they never have to be replaced. Considering their outstanding durability and high success rate, millions of implants are being placed each year and that number continues to grow.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- The benefits of dental implants are many. While any restorative treatment performed on natural teeth eventually requires replacement (crowns, bridges, dentures, etc.), the titanium framework of a dental implant does not develop cavities or fracture. So not only is this material immune to stress and decay, but it’s incredible durability means the implant will last as long as you do!
- A traditional bridge requires ‘grinding down’ of the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. In patients who only need one tooth replaced, a dental implant is free-standing and avoids having to compromise the adjacent healthy teeth. Similarly, undesirable clasps found on partial dentures can also be eliminated since the implant does not need the support the adjacent teeth.
- One of the major benefits of dental implants is preservation of the supporting bone in the jaws. The bone levels in areas of missing teeth shrinks over time, and significant bone loss can affect the contours of the face, causing wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin. Since dental implants integrate with the bone, these bone levels will sustain as long as the implant is present. In this way, dental implants can help you look and feel confident by improving general health and well-being.
- A dental implant forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth. Actually, once the implant is integrated with the surrounding bone, it does not have the ability to move in any direction. That means no rocking or other movement which occurs with dentures and partials. There are also no problems eating with dental implants, and no more worrying about smiling freely and openly!
Cost of Dental Implants
We are proud to provide life-changing patient care, and we understand that cost is a major concern. For this reason, we are committed to helping you find a way to afford treatment. Our office participates with most PPO insurance plans and is happy to assist in filing claims on your behalf. For patients who qualify, there are also financing options available with companies such as Care Credit and Lending Club. If you are unsure if you can afford treatment, don’t hesitate to schedule your complimentary consultation. We are here to help you get the treatment you need and the care you deserve.