For patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, dental implants may offer the ideal solution. Simply stated, dental implants can be the most reliable, secure, and aesthetically pleasing method of replacing missing teeth currently available. A Scripps Center for Dental Care, our implants are all placed by board certified specialists in periodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery and in conjunction with the restoring dentist, making it truly a team approach to achieving our patients desired outcomes. Our implant surgeons are extensively trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery, the placement and maintenance of dental implants, and anesthesiology, so our patients can feel confident and relaxed at every stage of their treatment.
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Benefits
- Dental Implant Options
- Dental Implant Procedure
- How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of medical grade titanium (same titanium used in orthopedic surgery to fix bones and joint) that are integrated in a patient’s jaw to support natural-looking replacement teeth. They are considered to be the gold standard approach to replacing missing teeth, whether one, several, or all of the teeth are missing.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Offering a multitude of advantages, dental implants are the most commonly recommended solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are strong, durable, and aesthetically appealing restorations, and these innovative appliances are preferred among dentists and patients alike. Some of the most common dental implant benefits include:
- Permanent replacement for missing or severely damaged teeth
- No slipping, friction, or movement along the gumline
- Improved ability to chew, bite, and speak comfortably and properly
- Easy maintenance, simply brush and floss as usual, and attend routine checkups
- Natural-looking function and form
What Are My Dental Implant Options?
We offer a comprehensive range of implant options to suit your needs. Whether you‘re missing a single tooth, several teeth in a quadrant, or a full arch, we can help you determine which treatment can provide the best possible results.
Single Tooth Implants
Individual dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, creating a natural-looking replacement that feels and functions just like the real thing. Each implant will be placed in the same space as the missing or extracted tooth. This implant is then topped with a dental crown that matches the shape, color, and size of your neighboring teeth for a beautiful restoration.
Multiple Teeth Dental Implants
If you’re missing several teeth, you have a number of options. You can use individual dental implants to replace each missing tooth, or you can use an implant bridge to restore the smile when several teeth are missing in a row. In this case, two to six implants can be utilized to secure a single restoration (for instance, a bridge, partial denture, or a full arch) that covers the entire gap.
Also called anchor-supported dentures, implant dentures are often used to replace traditional removable dentures. Patients who are missing all of their teeth on the upper arch, lower arch, or both can restore their smiles with a secure and comfortable restoration that provides the function and beauty they want. Implant dentures use four to six implants to hold a single restoration (per arch) in place, minimizing the slipping and mess of traditional dentures.
All-on-4™ Teeth in a Day
Innovations in dental implant technology make it possible to replace full sets of missing teeth or non-restorable teeth in one procedure. This eliminates the need to return for second or third treatment sessions, as is the case in conventional implantation. The All-on-4 system is completely personalized to optimize the fit, color, shape, and size of your restorations. We use a 3D scanner to precisely capture the details of your oral structures and your bite. Our multispecialty dental team will then build the treatment options virtually and will be able to simulate the surgery and expected treatment outcomes before every beginning treatment. Once the ideal treatment plan has been agreed upon, the surgery will be completed with use of computed tomography guides, allowing for exact placement of the implants based on your anatomic needs. Finally, a set of custom-designed artificial teeth will be affixed to the implants. In most cases, between four and six implants will be necessary to replace an entire upper or lower jaw, and we will discuss the unique elements of your treatment plan during your initial consultation. Your well-being is our primary concern. All-on-4 is designed to provide enhanced patient comfort, and we will strive to make this process as pleasant as possible.
How Is the Dental Implant Procedure Performed?
When patients come to our office for dental implants, the first step in the process is a consultation. During your meeting, we will often times acquired a computed tomography 3-dimensional image of your jaw which will help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for implant dentistry and help you set goals for your treatment. This scan will allow our surgeons and restoring dentists to virtually place an implant and assess the surgical and restorative parameters without beginning treatment or getting numb.
Once it has been determined that dental implants are a good option for you, we will prepare your mouth to receive the dental implant. The surgical placement of the implant itself is much less traumatic than having a tooth removed and most of our patients do not notice any swelling or discomfort. After the implant is placed, it takes roughly three to six months for your bone to fuse with the titanium, creating a stable and dependable foundation to build your custom-crafted replacement teeth.
During your final visit with implant dentistry specialist, your beautiful, custom-crafted prosthetic teeth are attached to the dental implants. Our patients who choose dental implants to replace missing teeth are often surprised by their renewed chewing and speaking abilities. They often discover that the restorations are so natural-looking that others can’t tell they have had work done!
Implant Dentistry and Your Comfort
At Scripps Center for Dental Care, we understand that dental anxiety prevents many patients from seeking the treatments they need to achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. To help our patients relax during their procedures, we offer a number of safe sedation options, including Nitrous Oxide, Oral Conscious Sedation, Intravenous Sedation, and General Anesthesia. Sedation dentistry allows even the most complex procedures, including dental implant placement, to be completed more quickly and easily.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The price of dental implants can range between roughly $1,000 and $3,000 per implant. The complexity of your treatment plan, number of implants needed, type of restoration, and other factors will play a role in the total cost of your procedure. We want you to be well-informed when making medical decisions, and our team will review the full cost of your program with you at the initial consultation. We can also help you find dental financing, if interested, and we accept a wide range of dental insurances and payment options. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We believe everyone should enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please contact our practice today. We would be pleased to answer any questions you might have and schedule an appointment for you.