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?
Improved Appearance - Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth and become permanent because they are designed to fuse with bone in a process called osseointegration.
Improved Comfort - Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Improved Speech - With many dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing mumbling or slurred speech. Dental implants allow you to speak without this worry.
Easier Eating - Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat with confidence and without pain.
Improved Oral Health - Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, like a tooth-supported bridge. This makes it so that more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth.
Durability - Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, it’s possible for implants to last a lifetime.
What does a dental implant cost?
The cost varies depending on each patient. 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! Our service is inexpensive, not cheap. We also accept most insurances and offer financing options.
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 generally recommend flippers for temporary use. If an implant is being placed in a visible area of the mouth, a flipper may be used to fill that gap during the time it will take to heal. This flipper is not necessary but available at an additional charge.
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 and IV sedation is available for an additional charge.