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Dental Implants

Affordable Dental Implants

How Dental Implants Can Save Your Smile

Dental implants are today’s best alternative to your natural teeth.  These substitutes offer a permanent or secure solution for replacing one or more teeth.  Made of biocompatible materials, they function as anchors or support for traditional forms of dentistry, such as crowns, bridges or dentures.  Many of our patients will tell you that implants have changed not only their smiles and their overall appearance, but also even their lives!  Request a consultation to learn more!

DENTAL IMPLANTS

They are replacement tooth roots. They provide fixed or removable replacement teeth that are matched to your natural teeth. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

Types of DENTAL Implants

  • Endosteal (in the bone): The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone and they are the most commonly used type of implant. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
  • Subperiosteal (on the bone): These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height. They are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The patient has to be in good oral health to be eligible for the dental implant. The jaw bone needs to be strong to support the implant. The candidates also need to have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease

The implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.  Periodontists are dental experts who specialize specifically in these areas. They are ideal members of your dental implant team. The periodontists have experience working with other dental professionals and they also have the special knowledge, training and facilities that you need to have teeth that look and feel just like your own.

Your dentist and periodontist will work together to make your oral health dreams come true.

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How It Works

Dental implants are anchors that are surgically placed in your jaw. Titanium accompanies a few other materials to make up this anchor, and are safe to the body; your own bone will grow and join together to support the implant. After the proper waiting time – usually three to six months – the implant is ready for the permanent tooth replacement or prosthetic to be placed on the anchor.

How it works:

In most cases, the total integration of bone is necessary before a permanent restoration can be installed. In rare cases, an implant can be ``loaded`` with a restoration immediately after surgery. If more healing time is needed, your dentist will fabricate a temporary replacement until the final restoration can be placed.

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Are Dental Implants Right for You?

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), 500,000 American adults undergo implant therapy of some form every year. The procedure has proved to have a 98-percent success rate if proper placement procedures and oral hygiene regimens are followed. Are you a candidate for an implant? The answer in most cases is yes, with some caveats

Are they right for you?

There are many things to consider before seeking treatment, but the two at the forefront are your medical history and the costs involved. Patients who suffer from chronic illnesses like leukemia and diabetes are not good candidates, as these conditions inhibit the body's ability to heal. Patients who have been treated with bisphosphonates (usually found in chemotherapy drugs), as well as popular bone-building drugs like Fosamax and Boniva are carefully scrutinized as well. Additionally, people who smoke have diminished mouth health and may need to be counseled in a smoking cessation program prior to an implant.

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Dental Implant Procedure and Costs

Due to the nature of the procedure, there are a series of steps you should take. The first is to seek care from a dentist who specializes in implant placement. Your general dentist can refer you to these specialists, who usually practice oral surgery or periodontology.

Dental Implant Procedure and Costs

Once you've chosen a specialist, he or she will examine you and run diagnostic tests to assess what needs to be done before placing the implant. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, how long they've been out and which jaw (upper or lower) they were in will determine the tests required. They may include:

Full mouth X-rays and computer tomography or CT scan
Extractions of failing teeth
Bone grafts or sinus lifts
Temporary teeth replacements or prosthetics

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