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Dental Implants

Dental implants give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth. A dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. A crown (cap) can be placed on the implant. Dental implants can support full or partial dentures.

Types, Benefits and Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming a popular alternative to dentures and it is not hard to see why. They are easier to maintain than dentures , give you a natural smile, enable you to eat anything you want and in the overwhelming majority of cases don't need to be replaced. Following is some helpful information on dental implant surgery and the cost of dental implants that can enable you to see if it is right for you personally.

Who Needs a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are ideal for any adult who is missing one or more teeth. Even so, there are some health conditions that would make you an unsuitable candidate for dental implants. These may include missing bone mass in the jaw, unhealthy gums, uncontrolled diabetes, hemophilia or serious immune deficiencies. Additionally, pregnant women are advised to wait until after the pregnancy to obtain dental implants. 

At the same time, be aware that health problems do not automatically rule out your suitability for dental implants. With additional treatment, you may be able to successfully receive implants. Talk to your dentist about potential dental implants problem issues to determine if they can be overcome in order for you to receive implant surgery.

Types of Dental Implants

There are two main types of dental implants. Endosteal implants are placed in the jawbone while subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but either above or on the jawbone. Additionally, implants may be made in various sizes and heights to suit the need of the person whose tooth is being replaced.

Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants depends on numerous factors. Perhaps the most important factor is whether or not you need additional treatment before dental implant surgery. These treatments include extractions, a sinus evaluation, bone grafting, CT scans and/or X-rays to prepare your jaw for the surgery and determine the size and shape of your implants.

How the implant is made has a bearing on the cost. Many dentists will order a crown (the top part of the implant) from a laboratory; however, some dentists use computer aided design or manufacturing systems can scan your mouth and use a 3D printer to create your implant in the office. The latter procedure is more expensive than having a crown made at a lab but it does provide you with same-day service so you can receive timely implant surgery if you wish.

The material used for the implants also determines the cost. Implant crowns are typically made using resin, porcelain or ceramic. Resin is the most affordable material but also the least durable. Furthermore, it doesn't look quite as natural as ceramic or porcelain; even so, it can be a good choice for a tooth that is not highly visible. The type of screw used to secure the implant will also affect the cost. Screws are typically chosen by a dentist after a thorough examination is done to determine the best way to attach the implants into the jawbone.

Dental implant surgery is an ideal way to replace missing teeth. It has a success rate of over 95% and you won't be able to tell the difference between implanted teeth and natural ones. At the same time, it's not the best choice for everyone. Talk to your dentist to see if you are a good candidate and if so, how much the procedure will cost you personally.

At Englewood Dentist, x-rays and CT-scans are performed to determine the size and kind of dental implant that used. Skilled application of dental implant technology can give patients the confidence to make their best first impression with a beautiful smile.