In the last decade, dental implants have become incredibly popular prosthetics for addressing tooth loss. Dental implants are lauded by dental professionals for their ability to replace the root systems of teeth and support a number of different prosthetics including dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Advanced Smile Care offers dental implant placement for single and multiple teeth as well as mini dental implants and dental implant supported dentures, also known as All-on-4®.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are titanium posts used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Acting as a prosthetic root, a dental implant can support a dental crown or bridge. Multiple implants can be used to support a full arch of teeth (dentures). Since dental implants are made from titanium, they are biocompatible with tissues in the oral cavity. Implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone so that bone can ultimately fuse to and around the titanium post. The process of bone fusing to titanium is called osseointegration, a biological process that makes dental implants ideal replacements for the roots of teeth. Dental implants are unique to other prosthetics because they replace root structure whereas bridges or crowns only replace the visible part of a tooth and rest on top of the gums. When the roots of teeth aren’t replaced, bone will atrophy and deteriorate because it is no longer stimulated.
Your Tooth Replacement Options with Dental Implants
Patients missing just one tooth can have a dental implant embedded to support a dental crown. For those missing a couple teeth in a row, an implant may be used to secure a dental bridge, which will be anchored by the implant and the teeth adjacent to it. Edentulous patients might be candidates for All-on-4®, which is a method of using a series of dental implants to secure custom-made dentures. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our practice. During your appointment, we can help you determine the best course of treatment for your needs. Your consultation is an opportune time to address any concerns or questions you have as well. Our team will be happy to provide helpful and relevant information.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Determining candidacy for dental implants involves a person receiving a comprehensive oral health examination to evaluate the health of the entire oral cavity and its structures. For successful implantation, patients will need adequate bone density to support the implant, have no signs or history of advanced gum disease, and be healthy enough to recover from minor oral surgery. If you are interested in reviewing your tooth replacement options, we recommend scheduling a dental implant consultation with one of our dentists. At your appointment, we will take X-rays and perform a physical examination of your face and mouth. This will help us determine your candidacy. Your consultation is a great time to bring up any questions or concerns you may have.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Since dental coverage varies among providers and plans, the cost of dental implant treatment can differ. Some dental insurance plans cover some of or most of the cost of implants. Patients with no insurance will need to pay for their treatment out of pocket. As a courtesy to our guests, we offer extended, zero interest financing options through CareCredit and LendingClub.
How much is a dental implant?
Since each individual has unique dental anatomy, the price of a dental implant can fluctuate because the placement of the implant itself can be more complex among some patients. Moreover, implants can vary in price depending on one’s insurance coverage. Obviously, patients receiving more than one dental implant will incur greater costs. For questions about pricing, speak with our financial coordinator after our team has developed your treatment plan. Our staff will file your insurance claims as a courtesy to you, as well.
What are mini implants?
Mini dental implants are implants that are smaller in diameter than conventional implants. This smaller sized can be used to support prosthetics like dentures when these implants are embedded throughout the jaw. They might also be used for single tooth replacement.
What are implant supported dentures?
Many folks who have worn dentures for some time eventually develop bone atrophy, which affects the functionality and comfort of dentures. As the bone deteriorates, dentures will no longer fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures will move during oral function and can make the gums feel very sore. One method for preventing further bone loss while also improving the function and comfort of dentures is to secure them to dental implants. Dentures supported by dental implants will not move or slide during oral function because the implant is rooted in the jawbone. This will allow for easy chewing and biting. Moreover, dental implants help keep bone active and stimulated so that the body will not resorb it.