Dental implants are a great way to transform an incomplete smile. Dr. Guttry, DDS has exclusive training with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry on how to effectively restore smiles with implant procedures.
A safe alternative to removable dentures, implants permanently replace missing teeth. Whether you have just one tooth gone or several teeth missing, dental implants can help. These permanent fixtures form a bond with your jawbone to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, contact us today. Failure to replace missing teeth can throw off you bite and lead to jawbone deterioration. Guttry Dental will assess your individual situation and give you the best options to restore your oral health.
If you are dealing with gaps in your smile, dental implants can help. At Guttry Dental, we help you maintaining your oral health and achieve your best smile!
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According to Wikipedia, A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture. The structure consists of a metal, screw like base which bonds with your natural bone, providing a very sturdy base for the artificial replacement tooth. Implants feel and function just like real teeth. Dental implants are custom made for your mouth and help to preserve your bite and natural jawbone.
Unlike dentures, dental implants cannot be removed which makes them the best replacement for natural teeth. Their permanent structure makes them a great solution for adult patients. Implants are built to last for decades with proper maintenance. In addition to the teeth’s mechanical function, dental implants also restore physical appearance and protect the facial bones from deteriorating.
Most healthy adults qualify for implants. Dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, therefore it is necessary for patients to have healthy bone and gums. A person with weakness in their jawbone, periodontal disease, or other problems with their gum tissue may not be good a candidate for implants. However, there are procedures such as gingival “gum” grafts, sinus lifts, or bone grafting that can increase bone mass and restore the gums, to prepare a patient for the dental implant procedure. Implant candidates also must exhibit proper oral hygiene and have a history of regular dental visits to qualify for the procedure.
The average price of a single tooth dental implant ranges from $3,000 – $4,500 to upwards of $34,000+ for a full set of implants. These price vary depending on your location and the provider’s rates.
A minimal level of bruising and discomfort is normal and should be expected the first couple of weeks post surgery. However, most patients are able to return to work and their normal activities the following day.
Recently, more insurance companies are beginning to offer some coverage for dental implant surgery. The dental office will call your insurance to get a preauthorization prior to surgery. If you don’t have dental insurance, or your health insurance doesn’t cover dental services, check with your dentist about financial options such as CareCredit or payment plans.
Endosteal implants: These are the most popular type of dental implants and are made of titanium or ceramic. Endosteal implants are shaped like small screws and are placed directly into the jawbone. They are ideal for patients who have sufficient bone density in their jaw to support the implant.
Subperiosteal implants: These implants are placed on top of the jawbone and are held in place by a metal framework that is attached to the bone. Subperiosteal implants are suitable for patients who do not have enough natural bone in their jaw to support endosteal implants.
Zygomatic implants: These implants are designed for patients who have lost significant bone density in their upper jaw, making it difficult to place traditional implants. Zygomatic implants are anchored in the cheekbone, which has denser bone than the upper jaw, and are used to support a full arch of teeth.
It’s important to note that each patient’s dental needs are unique, and your dentist or dental surgeon will recommend the best type of implant for your specific case.
The lifespan of dental implants depends on several factors, including the patient’s dental health, the quality of the implant, and how well the patient takes care of their teeth and gums. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
In general, studies have shown that dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, and many patients can expect their implants to last for 25 years or more. However, it’s important to note that this lifespan can vary from patient to patient, and some implants may fail or require replacement sooner than others.
To maximize the lifespan of your dental implants, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. It’s also important to avoid smoking or using tobacco products, as these can increase the risk of implant failure.
When you’re waiting for your implant, a temporary crowns could be a good option. They are typically made from an acrylic-based plastic, and the dentist will cement it in place. The crown will look like a real tooth, and it provides an aesthetically pleasing solution. Patients should be extra cautious about eating hard foods, as this could damage the temporary crown.
Are you ready to achieve that gorgeous, white smile? Let us help you improve your dental health and create the smile of your dreams with our cosmetic dentistry services. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!