Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. It is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth. Implants are better than other alternatives like bridges or partials because no additional teeth need to be altered.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process involves either a dentist or specialist placing the implant itself, where a titanium screw is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. The implant must be allowed to heal for about 3-6 months. During this time, the bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing period, you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile. After the healing period, the implant is ready for the permanent crown. Our office has an on-site milling unit that can custom design your implant abutment and crown the same day, thus saving you multiple appointments!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can place a dental implant? We will recommend you to a specialist for the surgical implant placement. After a period of healing, you will return to our office for your final implant crown.
How much do implants cost? The price of your dental implants will vary based on how many implants you are having placed, amount of insurance coverage, and the complexity of your treatment. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants.
How long do implants last? When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.
Who is a candidate for dental implants? Most patients are candidates for dental implants. There may be exceptions such as uncontrolled illnesses like diabetes, heart disease or severe osteoporosis. Please call us at 979-543-2737 to schedule an appointment if you are interested in dental implants.