Dental Implants - An Alternative to Dentures and Bridges
Dental implants have been in use for decades and are becoming more popular. Functionally and aesthetically, they are the closest thing to your natural teeth, and they can drastically improve your confidence if you are facing extensive permanent tooth loss. Because implant-retained dentures can't slip around or fall out like other dentures, people who wear them can smile, chew, and talk more confidently.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Each case is different so it is hard for us to provide this information. We offer a free consultation to provide you the opportunity to learn about this procedure.
How Are Dental Implants Done?
An implant is an anchor that looks like a cylinder or screw. Used to replace a missing tooth's roots, it's made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. The artificial tooth, called a dental crown, is custom-made and attaches to a post atop the implant. It takes a few months and surgery involving the jaw bone to prepare implants for the placement of artificial crowns, but if you're in good general health and don't want to face years of traditional denture-care, the process can be well worth the higher investment of your time and money.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
Dental implants aren't for everyone. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes or leukemia, for example, may interfere with the healing process. Tobacco-users have a greater risk for gum disease, which can weaken the bone and tissues that are needed to support the implant. Good overall health is of utmost importance for anyone considering dental implants.
What Happens After An Implantation Procedure?
Meticulous oral hygiene and two to four professional cleanings each year are important to ensure the health and longevity of the implants. You may need to use a special toothbrush to clean between the teeth. Don't worry. We'll help! After you're successfully fitted with your dental implants, we'll make sure you have all the information and aftercare you need to keep your smile healthy for decades to come.
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