WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and can also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures by providing excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Dentist, Oral Surgeon, or Periodontist (a specialist for gums and supporting bone). The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years. On occasion, they may have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile, chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate onto the bone for up to three to six months. Once heated the implant is then uncovered and impressions are taken to fabricate the artificial teeth which are securely attached to the implant, providing you with excellent stability and comfort.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing you with excellent stability and comfort.
You will receive additional care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
Our accepted insurances include Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Guardian, and Aetna. We also offer our own Membership Plan. Contact us if you have any questions or to discuss the option that will best fit your needs.
It is important to us to ensure the cost of your care is as stress-free as possible. We offer a variety of payment options to give you the flexibility to choose how to pay for your dental well-being. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Cash, Check, CareCredit, and Lending Club for payment methods.