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 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 or problems with their gums may not be good a candidate for implants. However, there are procedures such as gingival “gum” grafts and sinus lifts, 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 two main types of dental implants are Endosteal and Subperiosteal.
The most commonly used type of dental implant, Endosteal is usually made of titanium and shaped like screws or blades. They are implanted directly into the jawbone in a two step process. After the implant to placed, it is left alone to heal for three to six months. During this time a process called osseointegration occurs in which the titanium implant fuses to your bone, creating a solid foundation for the prosthetic teeth. In phase one, temporary bridges or dentures can be used to cover the the implant for aesthetic and functionality. The second phase of the implant procedure involves attaching the prosthetic tooth or teeth to the titanium anchor.
An alternative to traditional endosteal implants, subperiosteal’s are used for patients who do not qualify for traditional dentures. Those who have weak or shallow jawbones, which cannot support an endosteal implant, are ideal candidates for this process. Subperiosteal implants are made from titanium frames that are custom molded to fit over a patient’s jawbone. Unlike endosteal implants that are implanted into the bone, subperiosteal implants are placed just below the gums. While the tissues are healing, the osseointegration process occurs binding the titamium frame to the jawbone. Just like traditional implants, the prosthetic teeth will be attached to the metal post(s) that protrude through the gums in phase two of the procedure.
How much do dental implants cost?
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.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
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.
Does Insurance cover dental implants?
Recently, more insurance companies are beginning to offer some coverage for dental implants. The dental office will call your insurance to get a preauthorization prior to surgery. Check with you dentist about financial options such as CareCredit or payment plans.
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!