A dental implant is a prosthetic device used to replace a single missing tooth or, in some cases, to anchor dentures. The implant is a metal post that's placed in the jaw where it fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once fused with the jaw bone, the implant becomes secure and stable, acting as a natural tooth root to secure a dental crown.
Dental implants typically require three visits for placement. During the first visit, the post is placed in the jaw. If the jaw bone is thin, a bone graft procedure may be performed to supplement the bone so the implant is secure. The post is left alone for several weeks to enable it to fuse with the bone. At the second visit, an attachment piece called an abutment is secured to the implant and an impression is taken and sent to the lab where the crown will be created. At the third visit, the crown is secured to the implant and gently buffed for a perfect fit.
Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures and bridges:
Implants are secured into the jaw so they fit more comfortably and feel more natural.
Dental implants don't slip like dentures so they won't create sore spots that can increase the risk of infection.
Implants can be cared for like natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing and routine dental visits and cleanings to keep gum disease at bay.
Because they're embedded in the bone, they act like a natural root to stimulate the natural bone replacement cycle, preventing bone atrophy and additional tooth loss that can occur with dentures and bridges that rest on top of the gums.
With proper care, a dental implant will last indefinitely.
That depends on the insurance plan. Our office can determine what coverage is provided and help patients find financing to help make the cost of care affordable.
We accept most dental insurances. Here is a short-list of some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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