What are Dental Implants?
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
When performed by a trained and experienced dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.
Pricing facts and figures
You might be surprised how affordable dental implants are compared to other tooth replacement options, especially when you take into account long-term cost effectiveness and quality of life.
The total cost depends on several different factors, including how many teeth need replacing and where they’re located, the number and type of implants, and whether any additional procedures are necessary to prepare your mouth for the implants.
Since dental implant treatments are customized for your specific needs, the costs vary accordingly. An evaluation by an experienced dentist is the best way to ensure that you are getting an accurate cost estimate for quality work.
If you see ads for dental implants with low prices that seem too good to be true – well, you know what they say. And if someone quotes you a price for dental implants without examining you, be wary.
Insurance coverage and payment options
Many dentists also offer financing and payment options to make dental implants even more affordable, so be sure to ask what plans your dentist offers.
What Is The Implant Procedure?
The implant procedure is the same whether one or all teeth are missing. To prepare the implant site, the gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area where the implant will be placed. In situations where there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be a recommended procedure. Once healthy bone has been established, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant. After the bone has been prepared, the implant is placed and the tissue is sutured. The sutures are typically removed seven to fourteen days after surgery. The healing process takes three to six months. This is the amount of time it usually takes the implant to integrate (fuse) with the bone. When the implant is ready, a special abutment is attached to the implant – this is the support for the new porcelain crown. Today’s technologies often include zirconium abutments attached to the implant post to assure that the new porcelain tooth possesses translucency properties similar to a natural tooth. After impressions are taken, a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is then slipped over the post and cemented.
When Are Dental Implants Used?
In many cases, dental implants are incorporated into an overall treatment plan that might focus on the replacement of several missing or extracted teeth. Implants can also act as secure anchors for dentures.
Truth About Dental Implant Pricing
People have been advertising implants for $600 per, but that’s not reality. That only includes the price of placing the implant itself. The crown “tooth” and other surgical procedures will be additional costs. Total costs can range from $1900-$3000 per tooth. Don’t get taken advantage when shopping for your dental implants. Call Painless Dentistry for honest and affordable implant pricing today.