What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. It is used to support a dental restoration and replace the missing tooth root. The implants come in variety of lengths and diameters to accommodate the location where they are placed along the top or bottom arch.
How many dental implants will I need?
This will depend on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. Only one implant is required to replace a single missing tooth. For multiple missing teeth, you will need anywhere from two to eight dental implants. A dental bridge can be secured with two to three implants and denture can be secured with two to eight implants.
What is the dental implant process like?
The first step is to ensure you are in good health before having the implants placed. You may need to under a bone graft or gum disease treatment. Then the dental implants will be surgically placed while you are under general anesthesia at our Doylestown, PA dentist office. It will take about three to six months for them to fully integrate with the surrounding bone structure. The last step is for the abutments and dental restoration to be secured to the implants creating a durable a durable tooth replacement.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a life time. The better you take of them and your teeth and gums, the longer they will last. This includes regular visits to our Doylestown, PA dentist office and daily brushing and flossing.
Why are dental implants the best option to replace missing teeth?
Dental implants are the only available option that will look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implant posts will replace the missing tooth roots and prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating. Preventing bone loss is key to holding the natural shape of your face. Patients who suffer from bone loss due to missing teeth have that sunken look on their face that makes them look older. Implants are more stable than traditional options so there is no need to worry about the restoration slipping around in your mouth or even falling out. They are more durable allowing for better chewing force. This means there are little to no eating restrictions with implant secured recreations.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant secured restorations are more expensive compared to other teeth replacement options. A traditional dental bridge or denture can cost up to $5,000 while dental implants can cost ten times as much to replace multiple teeth. For reference, a single dental implant secured dental crown can range from $3,000 to $5,000. The cost can also be affected by dental work that needs to be completed before. This includes gum disease treatment, teeth extractions, or bone grafting.
How do I start the dental implant process?
You should begin the implant process by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Mark Tyma or Dr. Brian Trachtenberg at their Doylestown, PA dentist office. Here they will do a full examination of your oral health to see if you qualify for dental implants. Then they can create a customized treatment plan that will accommodate your unique circumstances.