Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent solution to the problem of missing teeth.

Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding, and they don’t require a specialized daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth. In fact, bridges can be supported by implants for fewer alterations during a more complex restoration.

Do I Need Dental Implants?

For many people, missing teeth present a mostly cosmetic problem. This is a fair concern: Missing teeth carry a stigma, and people with missing teeth may find themselves unfairly judged in many social settings.

Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond the cosmetic issue. Missing teeth put additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and even further tooth loss. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods you need for proper nutrition and nourishment.

Even more concerning, one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaw as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged.

Dental implants will stop this process in its tracks, something that even dentures and partials cannot do.

 Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.

When you visit our office to discuss dental implants, we will ask you a number of questions about your health history. These questions are important to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don’t worry – even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you. We just need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to build up your jaw bone.

The titanium posts for your implants will then be placed. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. The fit and appearance will be checked, and your implant will be complete.

For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice today.

Why Do Implants Cost So Much?

Dental Implants require extensive training (when done right). The equipment and materials needed to place implants are expensive. For example, the x-ray machine used to plan for implant placement costs around $100,000 (a 3-D xray unit). A significant amount of time is needed to plan the actual implant surgery, significant costs include dental lab bills where a custom surgical guide is made to place the implant at the proper depth and angulation. An implant is actually 3 components. The actual implant screw that anchors into the bone, an abutment, and the crown that sticks up above the gums and allows you to chew properly. The abutment is the connector piece between the implant and the crown. Both the abutment and crown must be custom-made from a dental lab, and if not made by a quality lab, can cause failure of the entire implant system. Front tooth implants are more expensive because they require a more precise shade match with translucency, natural contours, stains/spots to match neighboring teeth, etc. Also the training required for a dentist to be able to successfully place a dental implant that is made to last is a very expensive committment. Dr. Jackson realizes how much of a financial commitment dental implants are, so he actually negotiates very diligently with the implant companies to provide cost cuts to pass along to the patient wherever possible. 
 

How Can You Help Me Afford the Best Treatment (Implant(s)?

We are signed up through multiple financing companies that offer the best deals to patients with qualifying credit scores. If treatment is financed, there will be a financing charge to cover the cost of financing to the dentist of 8%. For example, if the cash value of a treatment is $1,000, if financed, that treatment would actually be $1,080. Speak with our front desk about options and we will try to find something that works best for you/your family.