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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are made to replace teeth you have lost for any reason. They are made of titanium. The lightweight material bonds to healthy bone, but the nearby teeth aren’t affected. The dental implants look like normal, healthy teeth.

Dental implants can last a lifetime. You can have a dental implant for a single tooth or for multiple teeth. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants don’t require you to have the nearby teeth altered in any manner. If you have multiple teeth that need to be replaced using dental implants, this is done by using a frame to anchor the implant. You must have healthy gums and bones in the mouth in order for them to support the dental implants.

There are many advantages to having dental implants. Most importantly, you have the full ability to chew the foods you love. Dental implants help to stop bone loss and preserve healthy teeth. Additionally, dental implants maintain the natural look of the area since the jawbone and gums are preserved. This means you can enjoy a natural looking smile.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of a dental implant varies considerably, and insurance typically doesn’t cover much, if any, of the cost since the procedure is considered cosmetic. A typical patient can expect to pay around $3,500 for a dental implant from us. This is the cost from start to finish. Of course, there are some rare occasions when the cost might increase due to the need to have additional procedures done to the area.

On top of the cost of the procedure, you should also think about other possible costs, such as time you will need to take off of work to have the procedure done. The cost of transportation and the cost of properly caring for the implants are also considerations after a dental implant.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last a lifetime, as long as they are properly cared for. The titanium rod that is placed actually fuses to the bone in the jaw. The artificial tooth is placed on top of that fused rod. You have to care for the implants very carefully if you want them to last and continue to look nice for many years to come.

You need to brush and floss according to the instructions you are given at the time of the surgery. It is possible that you will be told to get additional cleaning aids to help keep your implants in good shape. You will need to make sure you keep all follow-up appointments so that your dental implants can be monitored to ensure they are doing fine in your mouth.

You should understand that even though these dental implants won’t get cavities, they are still going to have normal wear and tear that other teeth would go through. You should be careful when you are eating things that are sticky or crunchy. If you have any questions about your dental implants, make sure you contact us so we can answer those questions.  


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