Over 100 million Americans are currently missing at least one tooth, and if this includes you, then you don’t need us to tell you about the problems they can cause when it comes to your ability to speak, eat, and even smile with confidence. What we can tell you about, however, is a solution.
With dental implants, we can rebuild a missing tooth both above and below the gum line, creating a restoration that is virtually indistinguishable from nature. We can replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or even an entire mouthful with an implant denture that is much more secure and comfortable than a traditional one. Unlike many dental offices, we can actually handle the entire procedure in-house to make reclaiming your smile as easy and convenient as possible .
Got questions about dental implants? You’ve come to the right place. We have done our best to answer some of the most frequently asked below -- but if doubts still remain at the end, please do not hesitate to give us a call. As always, we are here to provide you with all the information you need to make an educated decision regarding your tooth replacement.
A: In total, the treatment for dental implants may take place over the course of a year. The first phase is the placement of the implant posts beneath the gum line. Then, a recovery period of four to six months is required. After the dental implants have fully fused together with the jaw, you return to our office for the final restoration -- or when the crown, bridge, or denture is affixed on top.
A: Most dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that promotes the growth of bone tissue to provide a firm foundation for the prosthetic tooth/teeth. It is less common, but patients with a metal allergy or sensitivity may require zirconia or ceramic dental implants.
A: Dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, anywhere in the gum line. From a single tooth to an entire arch, implant dentistry can take care of it all.
A: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can stay sturdy and secure for decades -- often lasting the wearer’s lifetime. In rare cases, poor dental hygiene can bring on the condition known as “peri-implantitis,” which results in implant failure. Smokers and tobacco users are also at a higher risk of failing dental implants.
A: The only way to know for sure whether or not you can benefit from dental implants is to schedule an appointment with our office! When you do, we will evaluate the health of your jaw bone and discuss your smile goals to determine the optimal replacement for your smile. If that is dental implants, you can look forward to getting started right away.
Dental implant cases vary widely from one patient to the next, so it is impossible to give an appropriate estimate for what your procedure will cost without an initial consultation. During this visit, your dentist will consider several factors to help you understand what you can expect to pay for dental implants.
Some of the factors influencing the cost of dental implants include:
Once you have a number, we can begin discussing how to make dental implants fit comfortably within your budget. Dental insurance usually does not cover implant dentistry, but certain portions of the procedure may be eligible.
If you have lost a relatively large number of natural teeth, using implants to anchor an existing or new denture in place within your mouth may be the ideal solution. Plus, this option is more cost-effective than restoring each tooth with its own individual implant and crown, as our team will only use a small number of strategically placed implants. Patients can choose between a fixed (permanent) prosthetic or an "overdenture," which attaches to implants while still being removable in nature.
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Are dental implants right for you? To learn more about them and what they can do for your smile, contact Green Mountain Dental today.