Dental  Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a revolutionary way to replace teeth. These prosthetics are compatible with the whole oral health system and have an incredibly long lifespan. Moreover, dental implants can firmly support restorations like crowns and bridges for minimal tooth replacement or a series of implants can be used to hold a full arch of prosthetic teeth. Because tooth loss has such profound ramifications on people’s well being, our team at Dental Studio strongly encourages patients to review their tooth replacement options as soon as possible.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants work by functioning like the root of a tooth. They are placed in the jawbone where a tooth’s roots once were. Since they are made of titanium, they become stable as bone begins to fuse to their structure. The process of bone fusing to titanium, and the fact that more than just the visible structure of teeth is replaced, is what makes dental implants a unique and durable tooth replacement option.

Once the implant is stable and the permanent restoration/prosthetic is attached to its abutment, oral function is restored. With dental implants, patients can eat their favorite foods without difficulty, enjoy the appearance of a complete smile and have a long lasting, low maintenance prosthetic that can be cared for like biological teeth.

All-on-4 Implant-Supported Dentures

While one dental implant can support a dental crown or bridge, a series of dental implants can be used to address total tooth loss by holding a full arch of prosthetics (dentures). Implant-supported dentures increase oral function more than conventional dentures because they offer much more support. We provide implant-supported dentures through the All-on-4 method. This method involves securing a full denture to strategically placed dental implants. Since dental implants are placed very intentionally, they can support the weight of prosthetic teeth and the pressure exerted during oral function.

Candidates for Dental Implants and All-on-4

Those looking to replace lost teeth might wonder whether they are candidates for dental implants. While there are some important traits a person receiving implants should have, the only way to be certain is to schedule a consultation. Dental Studio is currently accepting new patients, and if you are interested in your tooth replacement options, call us today to schedule an appointment!

FAQs

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic that is used to replace the roots of missing teeth. An implant resembles a screw because it has ridges and its diameter gradually gets wider. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone through an empty tooth socket. A single implant can be used to replace one missing tooth or a series of implants can be used to support dentures. Made from titanium, implants are a biocompatible metal that allows for the process of osseointegration (where bone fuses to metal components).
How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental implants can vary depending on your circumstances. Sometimes, people require treatments such as tooth extractions and tissue grafts prior to implantation. Moreover, after an implant is embedded, a restoration like a dental crown or prosthetics such as dentures (if multiple implants are used) will need to be fabricated to very precise specifications. These are factors that contribute to the cost of dental implants. Whether one has insurance coverage is also a factor in what out-of-pocket expenses a person can expect. Coverage among plans and carriers varies so it is important to speak with a representative from your insurance company or read through your dental insurance benefit handbook to understand how your coverage works.

Since everyone has different circumstances and treatment plans, it is best to receive estimates from our front desk staff after our dentist has made treatment recommendations.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?
In most cases, the ideal candidates for dental implants should not smoke and have relatively good oral health. Conditions like bone atrophy and gum disease can affect the success of an implant’s stabilization and lifespan. Those who receive dental implants should be committed to taking a proactive approach to their health by visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings and by practicing proper oral hygiene.
How are dental implants placed?
An implant is placed through a surgical procedure. It is embedded into the jawbone. Many times, only local anesthetic is needed to ensure a patient’s comfort. For more complex cases, sedatives might be used.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are prosthetic teeth that are anchored to dental implants. Rather than sitting on top of the gums and relying on the curve of the jaw for support, implant-supported dentures are held in place by implants embedded in the jawbone. Essentially, dental implants function like the roots of teeth and when a series of implants are placed in the jawbone, they can support a full arch of new teeth (dentures).