Gaps left by missing teeth do more than cause embarrassment — they also have significant negative effects on oral health. Lost teeth may make it difficult for you to chew. They can also cause the other teeth to drift out of place. Eventually, further tooth loss may occur. Clearly, replacing missing teeth is important. At All Dental, we offer several tooth replacement options, the most advantageous of which is dental implants. This state-of-the-art treatment rebuilds teeth from the roots up.
Simply put, a dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. In most cases, they are constructed out of surgical-grade titanium — the same material used for artificial joints. Implants are inserted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Then, over the course of a few months, they bond with the tissue around them in a process known as osseointegration. After that, they get “restored” when a crown, bridge, or denture is placed on top of them.
Dental implants offer a broad range of advantages and are superior to other tooth replacement options in a number of ways. Implants are:
Dental implants can address virtually any level of tooth loss. Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth, you may be a candidate for them.
To replace a single tooth, we insert one dental implant in the jawbone. After it integrates with the surrounding tissue, we restore it with a single, custom-made dental crown. Most patients prefer a single dental implant over a traditional three-unit bridge, which is neither as strong nor as long-lasting as an implant.
If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, we may use an implant-supported bridge to replace them. This type of restoration usually consists of two crowns, which are supported by dental implants, at each end of the gap. Between the crowns are one or more artificial teeth that finish filling in the empty space.
For edentulous (missing all teeth) patients, we can strategically place a number of implants throughout the jawbone. They will support a denture. An implant-retained denture may be permanently fixed in place, or it may be removable and simply “snap” onto and off of the implants with the help of small attachments.
A mini dental implant is the same length as a traditional implant. However, its circumference is smaller. We might suggest that you receive mini implants if you do not have enough bone structure to support traditional ones, or if we are replacing a tooth at the front of the mouth.
With the All-on-4 procedure, we place four dental implants into the jaw at places where the bone is naturally thickest and strongest. On the same day as the placement surgery, we attach a temporary denture to the implants. After osseointegration, we provide a permanent denture.
Many dental practices are able to perform only part of the dental implant process. They may just restore the implants after an outside specialist surgically places them in the jawbone. At All Dental in Watertown, however, we have the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to provide comprehensive implant services. We can spare you the hassle of traveling to another practice and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a team you know and trust will be with you throughout your entire tooth replacement journey.
The overall cost of your dental implants will depend on a number of factors, including the nature of any necessary preparatory treatment, the number of implants being used, and the material used to create your final restoration. We will be sure to give you a forthright estimate of the cost of each phase of your treatment so you can plan your budget accordingly. While most types of dental insurance do not cover dental implants themselves, your policy might cover other parts of your tooth replacement process, such as extractions or your final restoration. Most patients also qualify for low-interest financing.
Admittedly, the initial cost of dental implants is quite a bit higher than that of traditional tooth replacement options. But implants are more than worth it! They offer benefits that you cannot get from other types of restorations. Additionally, they have the potential to last for decades. Their longevity may even make them a better long-term value than traditional dentures, which usually need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years.