What is a dental implant?
You can think of an implant as a titanium root. A single implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, and groups of implants can be used to support bridges, or help retain an entire denture.
The dental profession considers implants as the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. In other words, implants are the best way to replace missing teeth.
How does it work?
Titanium is biocompatible. A titanium implant has a scientifically engineered surface. When placed into the jaw bone, it encourages bone cells to microscopically grow into the porosity of the titanium and lock the implant in position.
After the bone cells around the titanium implant heal, a post is screwed on to the top of the implant. This post will extend above the gum line, and then the crown can be cemented down over the post.
How long will it last?
This is the most predictable and successful procedure in dentistry. Once an implant has healed, there is about a 98% chance that it will last a person’s entire lifetime.
How long is the healing time?
Typically, it takes 12 weeks for the bone to heal around an implant. After this time, the dentist can take an impression and have the crown made.
Sometimes an additional step is required prior to placing the dental implant. If there is insufficient width or depth of bone in the location of the missing tooth, a bone graft or sinus lift procedure is required.
How much do implants cost?
A word of caution. There are many variables with all dental procedures. When discussing dental fees, a patient must be aware that there are many different manufacturers. Like anything, you get what you pay for. If you bargain shop for the least expensive dentist, he or she cannot be offering you the highest quality materials. This is especially true of implants. We only offer Straumann manufactured implants.
The dental implant procedure is divided into two parts. The first part is the surgical placement of the dental implant in the jaw bone, and is typically around $2000.
The second part of the dental implant procedure is the abutment post and crown, which typically costs approximately $2000.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants do not get decay. There is a 98% chance the dental implant will last your entire life.
- An implant is very strong. Unlike a bridge, the implant does not put additional force on adjacent teeth.
- Implants are easier to clean than a bridge. Since the implants are not connected to adjacent teeth, they can be easily flossed.
Please call Doctor Sean Wilson for implant consultation today to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.