Confidence in your smile and teeth is vital to a healthy self image. Right now you might be hiding your smile because you are missing a tooth or several teeth.

Perhaps you have trouble chewing and dentures are a constant worry. Dental implants solve these problems and restore confidence and comfort.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than actual bridge work, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental Implants look and feel natural. Please read about the four types of implant procedures.

Common Questions

A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that serves as an artificial root after a patient loses a tooth, and the device can support a single crown, dental bridge or a denture, depending on the circumstances of the tooth loss. Because dental implants are made of titanium, the surrounding bone is capable of forming a strong bond with the implant. Dental implants offer patients the only structurally complete tooth replacement available in modern dentistry, and that characteristic gives this treatment option a number of advantages. Dental implants stand alone, so they have no impact on surrounding teeth. Dental implants also don’t restrict access to the gumline, so you can brush and floss them just like you do your natural teeth. Another benefit of dental implants is preservation of most of the natural teeth’s chewing function.

Dental implant cost will vary from patient to patient, so it’s impossible to give a single number to apply to all patients. The factors that may influence dental implant cost include suitability of the implant site, the number of implants that must be placed and other aspects of the patient’s unique jaw structure. Dental implant costs will include the device itself, costs associated with the surgical procedure, including sedation and imaging and preliminary exams. If the patient needs a bone graft prior to dental implant placement, that will also increase the cost of treatment.

You should schedule an evaluation at our office to determine if dental implants are likely to be an effective treatment in your case. In general, patients who have adequate bone tissue to support osseointegration and are healthy enough to tolerate the surgical procedure needed for dental implant placement are likely to be suitable candidates. Patients who have experienced some bone loss may still be able to qualify for dental implants if they undergo a bone graft in advance to provide supplemental bone.

Dental implants are placed in an outpatient surgical procedure that takes a few hours. Local anesthetic and sedation help to maximize comfort for the patient during the procedure. Most patients will be able to resume normal activities within a few days of dental implant placement. Closely following post-operative instructions will reduce your chances of complications that can interfere with healing.