Implant Dentistry

Dental Implants provide a great way to replace missing teeth when they are lost Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

What is a Dental Implant? 

A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  Implants fuse to your jawbone, therefore providing stable support for artificial teeth.

Today’s implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone. The process is known as osseointegration which refers to a direct structural and functional connection between ordered, living bone and the surface of a load-carrying implant.

Types of Dental Implants 

  •  Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
  • Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

Dental Implant Costs 

If you’re wondering about the cost of dental implant treatment, you’re not alone. That is one of the biggest questions patients have during their first consultation. Truth is, everyone’s circumstance is different. We often tell people not to let the cost of dental implants hold them back from changing their lives. The number of teeth that need to be replaced and the type of artificial teeth that will be used: Individual cemented crowns, screw retained crowns or fixed bridges, removable (snap on) bridges or complete dentures stabilized by implants. A single implant crown may cost between $1,000 and $3,000.

Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance? 

Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance plans but some plans do cover them. Your dentist may offer payment plan options to ensure you get the best treatment available to replace missing teeth, regardless of your insurance coverage. Contact your insurance provider to learn more about what might be covered. 

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