Bridges and dentures have both been used by dentists to replace teeth for a very long time, and they both continue to be a reliable option for those who have gaps in their grins. That said, when it comes to modern dental solutions, nothing beats dental implants when it comes to fully restoring smiles. These titanium posts can set an extremely sturdy foundation for any number of replacement teeth. To learn more about the procedure and whether you’re a good candidate, schedule a consultation at Davis, Roberts, Boeller, & Rife today.
A dental implant is in the form of a small metal post or screw. It’s typically made out of titanium, which is a highly biocompatible metal that the bone can fuse with through osseointegration. Once an implant has joined with your jaw, it can fulfill all the functions of a natural tooth root while providing sturdy support for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. The number of dental implants you get will vary depending on the extent of your tooth loss.
There are many reasons why dental implants are well worth the investment. For starters, they have a lifespan that can reach well over 35 years with the right care, meaning they last far longer than other tooth replacements. Because they fuse with the bone and are topped with customized restorations, they can very closely mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth. Also, implants help preserve the density of the jawbone, preventing it from breaking down.
Dental implants are appropriate for anyone who has lost any number of teeth and still has a healthy mouth with sufficient bone density to support the posts. We can take X-rays of your smile and determine whether any preparatory procedures might be necessary to prepare you for implant surgery. This is also our chance to determine what kind of implants you need. Different patients are going to need to undergo slightly different procedures depending on their situation.
If just one tooth is lost, then a single dental implant can be placed in the gap and topped with a crown. Filling in the empty space this way prevents your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of alignment over time and causing further oral health problems later on in life.
A traditional dental bridge requires us to make permanent changes to your natural teeth, removing some of the enamel to make room for the restoration itself. To preserve your teeth, we can place a bridge on a pair of implants instead in order to replace multiple teeth in a row.
If you already have full dentures, you’re probably familiar with the inconvenience of having your teeth slip out of place or gradually lose their fit over time. Dental implants help prevent both of these problems, and they give your new teeth much more bite strength and stability so that you can eat whatever you want.
With a normal implant procedure, it might take 6 or 8 implants to support dentures. All-on-4 can significantly simplify the treatment by allowing us to place your new teeth on 4 strategically placed posts. Thanks to this technique, it’s often possible to place temporary dentures right away instead of waiting for your mouth to heal.
If your jawbone has already degraded to the point where it can’t support a normal dental implant, we can sometimes avoid the need for bone grafts by placing mini dental implants. Since they’re shorter than traditional implants, they can be placed without complex flap surgery and allow for shorter healing time.
How much will you end up paying for implants? To try and give you a reliable answer to this question, we will carefully examine your mouth and consider:
We’ll talk to you about the costs related to the different phases of implant treatment and make sure you understand what to expect. If you have insurance, the implants themselves might not be covered, but other aspects of the treatment could be. We’ll go over your benefits with you to see what kind of coverage you can expect.