Dental implants are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth or to provide a more fixed solution to the need for dentures. For those with missing teeth, dental implants can provide a fully restored smile, with only limited surgical intervention. Dental implants also offer excellent support, as well as stability, for newly-installed dental hardware and appliances.
Dental implants consist of titanium screws which are surgically inserted into the jawbone where there is a missing tooth, or in the case of All-on-4 implants, in four strategic locations across the jaw bone. Once the screws have been inserted the false teeth attached to the titanium screw, it acts as a false root for the tooth or teeth. Dental implants offer the benefit of being strong and durable, meaning they can last for many years.
At Care One Dental, we provide our clients with a wide array of dental procedures which can help their smile look its best. Using the latest techniques and cutting-edge technologies, we can make your smile better than ever! We specialize in providing quick, painless and surprisingly affordable dental services. So, if your smile is in need of some TLC, schedule an appointment with us today by calling 561-894-4299.
Reasons for Dental Implants
Dental implants may be the best option for a number of reasons, including:
- Replacing one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolving joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing a tooth space.
- Restoring a patient’s confident smile.
- Restoring chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restoring or enhance facial tissues.
- Supporting a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer many more benefits for patients than simply replacing missing teeth. From restoring their confidence and self-esteem to improving their overall health, implants can dramatically improve their everyday life. Just some of the health benefits you may experience from dental implants include:
- Improved speech and digestion
- Ability to chew and bite naturally
- Protection for your healthy teeth and bone
- Restored confidence
Types of Dental Implants
The American Dental Association (ADA) considers two types of dental implant safe for patients: endosteal and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants are when the implant itself is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the gum and jaw have healed, a post is attached to the implant. Then, a replacement tooth may be attached to the implant, providing a strong, durable and entirely natural look. Endosteal implants are commonly associated with the all-on-four implant, which offers the chance to replace multiple teeth with only four implanted screws.
Subperiosteal implants are those implants where a metal frame is placed below the gum tissue, onto the jawline, where it fixes itself after the gum heals. Once the gum line has healed, posts can be attached to the frame, and artificial teeth are attached to the posts. Because subperiosteal implants are much more complex than endosteal implants, they are rarely performed – only in cases where large numbers of teeth need to be replaced. This is due to the complexity of the procedure, as well as the poor long-term results of the implants themselves.
Temporary Anchorage Devices
Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are a type of dental implant that act as an aid in orthodontic procedures. TADs are mini dental implants which act as a temporary, small anchor to the bone of the jaw. Once attached to the jaw bone, these small anchors can be used to help move teeth into the desired position, after which they may safely be removed.
All-On-Four Dental Implants
All-on-four dental implants are another form of dental implant you may commonly receive. With a dental implant, your dentist places a screw into the jaw in place of a missing tooth. Once the screw is inserted into the jaw, a fake tooth is attached to the screw, giving the appearance – and functionality - of a natural tooth.
So, what’s an all-on-four dental implant? Well, multiply a dental implant by four and that’s what you get! In actuality, it’s a little bit more than that – instead of one screw for each tooth, a dentist can attach an entire set of dentures with four simple screws.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The process for installing most dental implants is fairly straightforward. First, your oral surgeon or dentist will often need to extract any teeth which are causing problems or may affect the performance of the implant. After, an “alveolar bone graft” – a graft of synthetic or cadaver bone – is often placed where the teeth were extracted to provide a solid base for the implants.
The healing time for this procedure is generally around three to six months in length. If no tooth is extracted, and bone loss is present, an “onlay bone graft” onto the jawline itself will have to be performed. This procedure is more involved, and it has an estimated healing time of over six months. Once adequate healing to the bone has occurred, the dental implant procedure may begin. This usually involves the insertion of the implant, constructed of titanium, into the jawbone, where it will act as an anchor for either a replacement tooth or for helping to move teeth in an orthodontic procedure.
The process of having all-on-four dental implants is more involved, can be intimidating. However, your dentist will take every precaution necessary to make sure you are comfortable. Putting you at ease will most likely include the administration of an anesthetic. Then, they can begin fitting the implants. Usually, this will be two in the front and two towards the back of the mouth. After, they will stitch and suture the wounds.
Dental Implant Costs
What Costs Are Associated with Dental Implants?
When it comes to dental implants, there are several factors that come into play with regards to cost. Besides just the initial consultation, the actual implants and the procedure to install them, patients may also require a variety of other procedures and examinations to ensure the process is a success. These include, but are not limited to:
- Tooth extraction and bone grafts
- Barrier membranes
Cost of All-On-Four Dental Implants
Like most dental procedures, the cost of an all-on-four dental implant can vary greatly. This is because of the number of teeth needed, the number of visits and dentists required for the treatment, and the materials used can all vary.
The most commonly used material for all-on-four dentures is acrylic or composite compound. Typically your dentist builds them around a framework of titanium screws. As these are the most common materials used for the procedure, the costs are naturally lower than with other materials.
Porcelain dentures are more expensive than composite or acrylic, but they offer a much more realistic appearance and are much longer lasting than their composite or acrylic counterparts. While they may be more expensive, their appearance and durability may offset the initial costs.
Paying for Dental Implants
In most cases, your best bet to reduce your dental costs is to enroll in a dental insurance program. Unfortunately, most insurers do not cover the costs associated with dental implants.
Insurance programs usually grade dental procedures on a scale of cost and necessity, meaning more expensive procedures may only be partially covered. Usually, complicated procedures are limited to a maximum dollar amount of around $1,500 per year, although this can change depending on the provider. Dental implants are considered by most insurers to be unnecessary and too costly, which is why they don’t often cover these procedures.
The associated costs with dental procedures – especially dental implants - often put many people off from getting the work done they badly need. Fortunately, CareCredit is there to cover what insurance may not. Available at many dentists, including Care One Dental, CareCredit offers qualified patients a line of coverage on deductibles, copays, or any costs that dental insurance may not cover.
What makes CareCredit a great choice is that it offers no interest on purchases from $200 to $999 depending on the procedure – if the balance is repaid in full within six to 24 months. To find out if they qualify, patients simply apply at the dentist’s office. If approved, they don’t need to re-apply again, giving them the peace of mind that their future dental needs are covered just in case.
If You Need Dental Implants, Care One Is Here to Help
Damaged teeth can be painful. However, visiting a dentist shouldn’t be. At Care One Dental, we strive to make getting dental work done a pleasant experience. We specialize in providing our clients comprehensive dental care at affordable prices. If you are looking to say goodbye to dental problems, then give us a call today at (561) 894-4299.