Dental implants are the replacements for natural teeth. Implants provide enough support for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants, which are placed in the gums, are anchors made of a metal called titanium. The posts begin to fuse with the bone over a few months. After the healing process, called osseointegration, implant abutments are inserted into the implant fixtures to allow for the permanent attachment of the implant prosthesis.
Types of Dental Implants:
Implant-supported dentures can be removable or fixed. This solution requires the placement of two or more dental implants. If a removable option is selected, the denture will snap onto the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning regularly.
This option offers many advantages over traditional dentures. Easy to maintain, this solution can simulate the aesthetic and function of natural teeth and stay in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not feel the typical gum irritation and rocking they usually have with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help prevent the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can help prevent future jawbone loss.
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Dental Implant-Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. The bridge replaces multiple adjacent missing teeth as an alternative to a denture. This restoration typically requires two dental implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides an aesthetic and functional replacement for the patients’ natural teeth.
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Full Arch with Four Implants
This denture, often called an all-on-4 is a modern implant-supported solution that allows patients who are missing all of their teeth in one or both arches to restore a full arch of teeth using 4 implants.
This solution offers multiple advantages over traditional dentures. Easy to care for, this solution can imitate the aesthetic and function of natural teeth and stay immovable with the implants acting as permanent anchors. Patients will not feel the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with traditional dentures. Patients can often leave the same day with a full arch of teeth, reducing overall cost and healing time for the patient.
Just like other types of implant restorations, Full arch implant prosthetics help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone retention in the area surrounding the implant. This process is known as osseointegration.
With this implant-supported full arch, there is no plate covering the roof of the mouth, so eating and talking are more natural and comfortable than with a traditional denture.
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Guided Implant Surgery
With CBCT scans and computerized treatment planning, and with specialized training, guided implant surgery is the standard of care.
Using a 3D model or a physical model, surgical placement of tooth implants and the following prosthetic work can be planned virtually to create the ideal treatment plan for patients. These virtual plans allow the doctor to consider multiple aspects of implant placement and restoration, resulting in optimal aesthetic outcomes and function for the patient’s restoration. Using a 3-D model also lets the patient better understand the process and visualize the outcome.
Once treatment planning is done, specialized software can be used to fabricate a surgical guide to assist in the implant placement surgery. This guide directs the exact location, depth, and angulation of the implant. The use of this type of appliance increases the accuracy, efficiency, safety, and predictability of the surgery.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Unfortunately, only a portion of dental insurance plans cover the cost of dental implants, and even if they do, only a portion of it. We understand that the cost of dental implants can be significant, so we have made it easy to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists who offers surgical placement of dental implants. Doctors Network offers dental plans to reduce the cost of dental implants. Now you can get tooth implants for $1000. Please visit Doctors Network to learn more.