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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots for missing teeth. The posts are surgically placed into and fuse with your jawbone so a restorative piece—such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture—may be attached. Once the implant has healed with the jaw, a connective piece called an abutment is attached. Finally, your restoration is connected to the abutment and your implant is fully secure.

Benefits of Dental Implants:
  • Implants work to permanently replace one or more missing teeth.
  • Full functionality can be restored to your smile.
  • No adhesives are necessary with dental implants.
  • Your implants can be made to match the exact shade of your natural teeth.
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dental Implant Candidates

The key to being an implant candidate is maintaining optimal oral health. From the jawbone itself to your gums, your full mouth will be evaluated before dental implants are recommended. Some factors to consider include:

Jawbone Density

In order to support a dental implant, you must have enough bone density in your jawbone. If the bone is too thin or weak, the implant will not have enough support and will likely fail. If this is the case for you, there are steps to increase bone density, such as a bone graft. During your initial consultation, Dr. Nourian and our team will assess your jawbone density and provide you with an altered treatment plan, if necessary.

Gum Health

Much like bone density, the state of your gums plays a role in implant candidacy. While having periodontal disease does not automatically disqualify you, it must be under control before moving forward with the procedure. A gum graft may be performed before dental implant placement if deemed necessary.

Dental Hygiene Routine

A commitment to maintaining a rigorous dental hygiene routine is critical. While your restoration placed over the implant is not a living tooth, it must be treated with equal care. Brushing twice-per-day for two minutes at a time, flossing daily, and incorporating an alcohol-free mouthwash is a solid foundation for a healthy smile.

Lifestyle Habits

The healing process involved with dental implants can be quite extended. The use of tobacco or drinking excessively can inhibit the healing process and cause unnecessary complications. It’s critical to share this information with Dr. Nourian when creating your treatment plan.

Dental Implant Procedure

The process of placing dental implants occurs over a series of appointments. First, we’ll conduct an initial consultation where we will thoroughly inspect your oral health and take any necessary X-rays. Once your eligibility is determined, we will schedule your visit to have the dental implant surgery.

The next step is undergoing surgery. During this procedure, an incision will be made to give our team access to your jawbone. Next, small holes will be drilled into the bone and the implants will be placed for healing. After your procedure, you will need several months for the implants to fuse with your bone and become sturdy enough for an attachment.

Once your jawbone has properly healed, the connective structure (abutment) can be placed on top of the implant. This is used to connect your restoration to the dental implant. Whether you’re receiving a dental crown, dental bridge, or full dental implants, your restoration can be placed at this time. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to fully assess the comfort and fit of your restoration once you’ve had some time to adjust to the new addition.

Implant Restorations

The implant itself is not the structure that completes your smile. When you’re missing teeth, you need a restorative piece to connect to the implant. Available restorations include:

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a single tooth cap that is customized for your smile and permanently attached to either a natural tooth or an implant. In this case, your implant would serve as the foundation for a dental crown.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are composed of two or more dental crowns, with false teeth in between. The bridge will be attached to your implant or natural tooth in two or more places, and the false teeth will fit snugly into the remaining gaps.

Dentures

In today’s age, there is an alternative method for dentures. Snap-on dentures can be permanently attached to as little as four dental implants and eliminate the need for adhesives.

Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of treatment ranges for each patient depending on the need for gum grafting, bone grafting, what kind of restoration you’re receiving, and much more. When you visit our team for the first time, we’ll consider each of these factors and provide you with a comprehensive cost breakdown. Before treatment, we want you to feel at ease with your customized treatment plan and know that you’re making an informed decision. If out-of-pocket costs concern you, we offer a variety of financing options to accommodate your budget needs. We offer third-party financing through PayBright and are happy to assist you through the application process. If you have further questions, we encourage you to speak with a member of our friendly team!

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