What is a Dental Implant
Dental implants a permanent and naturally looking solution for tooth loss. While there are a variety of treatments to replace missing teeth, none are proven as effective and durable as dental implants. Dental implants have a success rate of 95% and are quickly becoming a standard in modern dentistry for replacing missing teeth.
Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. If you don't take measures to replace missing teeth quickly, the bone will continue to deteriorate making replacement options more and more difficult.
Dental implants may be used to:
- Replace a single tooth that is either missing or broken
- Restore a tooth with significant decay that can not be corrected with a dental crown or other restoration
- Replace multiple teeth where a dental bridge may normally be used
- Anchor a fixed denture to replace all of a patients teeth
Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process take place over several months and requires multiple visits. First, Dr. Caves will perform a comprehensive evaluation of the head, mouth and jaw along with x-rays and screenings to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. We are able to achieve high success rates with our patients because of the care and time we put into treatment planning. Part of the planning process may include photographs and models to demonstrate the final results of your treatment.
Dental implants are successful, in part, because they are fused to living bone. An oral surgeon will place a tiny titanium post into the jaw bone to serve as an artificial root. Once the implant has healed, Dr. Caves will place a porcelain crown on the dental implant to restore the natural beauty and function of the tooth.
Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, thanks in part to modern advances in technology and material. Dental implants are extremely durable and long lasting so you won’t have to worry about special care.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary greatly from one patient to another. Though not an inexpensive procedure, implants do offer the best long term solution and are less likely to need future maintenance or repair compared to alternatives like bridges or dentures. The cost of a dental implant will depend on the health of the patient, location of the missing tooth and number of implants needed. Dr. Caves will review all cost associated with the dental implant procedure prior to starting your treatment. In many cases, Dr. Caves can assist you with the cost by filing for dental insurance benefits, offering third-party financing options and phasing your treatement to spread out the cost.
How long do dental implants last?
Dr. Caves designs dental implants to last a lifetime. You can ensure this longevity by maintaining good oral health, visiting the dentist regularly and eating a healty diet. Patients with dental implants should not smoke or use tobacco products as these habits can significantly impact the life of your implant.
What are denture implants?
Denture implants, “all on four” and “teeth in a day” are all names for a procedure that replaces all of a person’s missing teeth. Dr. Caves may use as few as four dental implants to support a denture. Compared to a removable denture, implant supported dentures offer better retention, improved health and higher quality of life.