If you have teeth missing from your smile, you may find it very difficult to be proud and secure in the way you look. Many people consider a smile a first impression, and if you are not sure of the way you are presenting yourself to people, it could have many negative effects both professionally and personally. You may have considered dentures as a solution, but having a new smile that is more permanent and stable may appeal to you more. Dr. Lance Anderson understands the discomfort and embarrassment his patients go through with having teeth missing, so he wants to be able to give them the full, radiant smile they deserve using dental implants.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that serves as a synthetic tooth root, which is placed directly into the jaw. Once placed, it can simulate nearly all the same attributes of your previous tooth and remain healthy for decades to come. When you want a tooth replacement that is truly reliable and capable of breaking down all of your favorite foods, you’ll quickly learn why dentists recommend them over more traditional options. On top of that, implants can be used to replace any number of teeth, keep a denture more stable, and prevent numerous oral health problems that can occur following tooth loss.
The procedure itself requires a minor surgery, but most patients report feeling very little pain both during and afterward. Unlike other dental offices in an around Lovell, Dr. Anderson is actually able to perform this part of the procedure himself, ensuring you’ll be able to rebuild your smile while always working with the same doctor and team you trust.
We’ll plan out your tooth replacement process through a detailed consultation. From there, we’ll place bone and tissue grafts and/or remove damaged teeth as necessary in order to prepare your smile for dental implant placement.
The implantation procedure requires our team to make an incision in the gums. Then, we place the implant post into the jawbone and attach a protective cap so it can heal properly.
Once the implant is in place, the jawbone will naturally grow around and bond with it to create an extremely sturdy base for the replacement teeth. This bonding process, known as osseointegration, takes place over the course of 3 – 6 months. After the implants fully fuse with your jawbone and gum tissue, we’ll place the abutments (small attachment pieces that connect the implant and replacement teeth) and design your fixed bridge or partial denture.
Once Dr. Anderson feels that you are ready, he’ll invite you back to the office to have your permanent new teeth (restorations) placed. When we receive the bridge or partial from our lab, we’ll complete the last stage of treatment where we connect your replacement teeth to the implant posts.
While there are many ways to replace teeth, dental implants offer benefits that truly stand out in the field of dentistry. They are considered to be the most comprehensive tooth replacement solution because they are the only option that replaces the entire tooth. However, many patients don’t actually understand why this distinction is so important. Below, you can learn from Dr. Anderson and Lovell Dental how dental implants can truly change your life. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment and replace your missing tooth, don’t hesitate to give our office a call!
When you replace the root of teeth and not just the crown, you’re not just restoring the structure of the tooth. In fact, you’re effectively restoring all the functions that were present with your previous tooth. This includes your biting force, your natural jaw shape, and blood flow. Improved blood flow allows nutrients to properly travel to your gums and facial tissue, keeping your oral structures healthy.
In comparison to other forms of tooth replacement, including dental bridges and dentures, dental implants maintain the best longevity. This is in large part due to the integration with existing bone tissue. On average, dental implants last between 25 years and a lifetime, while dental bridges typically only last for 10 to 15 years and dentures generally need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years.
As mentioned, dental implants allow for proper blood flow to occur to your gums and facial tissue. This also means that your face will maintain its natural elasticity and your cheeks will no longer hollow out, a side effect that’s very common following tooth loss. Dentures and dental bridges do not address the bone underneath the gums, which means premature signs of aging can still occur. Dental implants combine comprehensive integration and lifelike materials (porcelain) to provide the best esthetics possible.
When placed by a professional like Dr. Anderson, dental implants maintain an average success rate of 98 percent. It is crucial to choose a dentist who is experienced in placing dental implants because it ensures the most successful treatment possible. However, thanks to advanced technologies like the 3D cone beam scanner, we can perform the most predictable procedure possible and improve treatment outcomes across the board.
If you’ve had a denture before, you know that eating certain foods is completely out of the question. For example, steaks and apples become so difficult to enjoy that you may avoid them (as well as similar foods) altogether. Since dental implants stimulate your jawbone as you chew, it keeps your overall biting force strong. Eating the foods you enjoy, regardless of how tough or chewy they may be, is simple, straightforward and seamless.
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants may be the ideal treatment for you. Keep reading below to learn more about the ways in which we can bring back your smile’s full function.
An implant crown is what we can use to restore a single missing tooth. It consists of three parts: the implant itself, an all-porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown replaces the tooth above the gum line and is connected to the implant via the abutment. Once the crown is in place, it should be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. We’ll shade it to blend in with the rest of your smile, and it will also be just as strong so you can eat all of your favorite foods without a second thought.
In the case of a few missing teeth in a row, we can use implants to form a bridge. Two implants will be placed on either side of the gap in the mouth, and a bridge will be attached to the implants to close it. This will not only restore the appearance of the smile, but it will also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting into the gap.
If you’re sick and tired of your uncomfortable, unreliable dentures, dental implants can offer you a solution as well. Using just a few implants placed at strategic locations throughout the jaw, we can replace an entire arch of teeth. Implant dentures are superior to their traditional counterparts in a number of ways:
One of the things patients find most intimidating about dental implants is the cost. While this procedure is one of the priciest services we offer, the Lovell Dental team is here to help you fit the costs of these implant supported tooth replacement plans into almost any budget.
Before we begin your treatment plan, we’ll walk you through the out of pocket costs of each part of the process. If you have questions or want to get started with your implant supported tooth replacement plan, give our team a call today.
The largest portion of the cost of implant supported tooth replacement plans is the price of the implant posts themselves. Depending on the size, type of implant post, and material used, a single dental implant can cost anywhere from $500 to $2000 or more. That’s before the costs of placing the implant post and attaching the replacement tooth or teeth.
In addition to the price of each implant post, there are also a variety of other factors that can impact the cost of implant supported tooth replacement. In addition to the surgical placement of one or more dental implant posts, there are a number of other procedures involved in the implant supported tooth replacement process, and each of these can impact the price of your overall treatment plan. Some of those treatments include:
Before we get started, our knowledgeable dentists and team members will review the entire process related to your unique tooth replacement plan. You’ll need to visit us for multiple treatment appointments over the course of several months. To help you budget for treatment, we ask that you remit payment at the time of each service rather than paying for the entire tooth replacement plan up front.
While dental insurance doesn’t typically cover implant posts or their surgical placement, other aspects of the procedure are covered, and our team will do their utmost to maximize dental benefits. Your preparatory treatments like tooth extraction and bone or soft tissue grading typically receive some insurance benefits. Sedation dentistry options may also be partially covered. Your replacement crown, bridge, or dentures typically receive the same coverage as their traditional versions.
For those who would like to further break down the costs of their dental care, we’re happy to work with CareCredit. This third party financier offers qualified patients a range of low and no interest payment plan options. You can apply for prequalification online, or you should feel free to talk to our team about CareCredit during your treatment planning appointment.