Dental implants have completely revolutionized the way dentists replace missing teeth. They are the only treatment available today that actually restores the entire structure of a lost tooth both above and below the gum line, creating something that is the next best thing to nature. Whether you’re missing one tooth or need a complete set of dentures, implants can help you reclaim your full and confident smile for decades to come.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. This is accomplished via a minor surgery, and while the patient is healing, the bone surrounding the implant actually grows around it and bonds to the titanium just like a real tooth root. This makes sure that the new tooth, which is attached on top of the post, will stay firmly in place with the strength and stability of a natural tooth.
Dental implants are actually quite a versatile treatment and can be used to reverse any degree of tooth loss. Dr. Martinez can help you decide which of the following restorative options is best for you:
A single implant can be placed into the jaw and topped with a dental crown to fill in a lone gap in a smile. Unlike with a traditional bridge, this new tooth won’t require the surrounding ones to be altered in any way, better preserving a patient’s natural smile.
If a patient is missing three or more teeth in a row, instead of replacing each one with individual implants, just two implants can be used to support a strong and reliable bridge. Implant crowns will be positioned on either side of the gap in the smile, and these will support the prosthetic that fills in the space.
For patients in need of a denture, we can replace an entire row of teeth using just four to six implants placed into the jawbone. These will anchor the denture in place, and it will have a stability and security a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t match.
Dr. Martinez entrusts a network of oral surgeons and periodontists to place his patients’ implants, because these specialists have performed this procedure thousands of times before, and they can guarantee that a patient’s new smile will have a strong and reliable foundation. Like we mentioned above, after a patient has had time to heal from implant placement, they’ll return to Glow Family Dental to receive their permanent restorations.
Because dental implants are able to help patients with varying degrees of tooth loss, the final cost of the procedure can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. Individual factors such as how many teeth a patient wants to be replaced, where they are located in the mouth, and what kind of restoration is used can all make the procedure more or less expensive.
While it’s true that implant restorations tend to cost more than other traditional options, they are actually the best investment long-term. Regular bridges and dentures, at most, only last about 7-10 years before they need to be replaced, while implants can often last for 30 or more. With implants, a patient won’t have to get the periodic maintenance needed for other treatments, saving them thousands of dollars and hours spent in the dental office.