For centuries, researchers and dentists worked to figure out the best way to replace missing teeth. Whether it was to replace single, multiple or all teeth, there were few options that could stand the test of time while still feeling comfortable and looking natural in the mouth. With dental implants, that completely changes. Over the past few decades, dental implants have become the new standard in tooth replacement, and once you schedule a consultation with Dr. Zicchino at Coastal Dental Group, you’ll see why. Call us today to get started!
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a wide variety of benefits that you won’t see from other tooth replacement methods. For example, you can expect:
- Longevity – dental implants can last for decades when you practice proper care
- Natural Esthetics – the restoration that sits on top of your tooth is designed to blend in exactly with your neighboring teeth
- Improved Bone Health – the implant post integrates with existing bone tissue, offering better stability and long-term support
- No Slippage – dental implants should not feel loose in any way whatsoever
- Stronger Biting Force – chewing your favorite foods couldn’t feel easier
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are ideal not only for replacing single teeth, but multiple and even all teeth in either the upper or bottom arch. A restoration can be personalized to your specific needs. Here’s how each tooth replacement works!
Missing Single Tooth
To replace a single tooth, a small incision is made into your gum tissue, then a titanium post is placed inside of the jaw so that it integrates with your jaw bone. Once the implant has fully healed, we’ll cover it with a porcelain crown to ensure the best esthetics possible.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Do you have multiple consecutive teeth you need to replace? Dental implants are a great solution! A bridge can be customized to fit over a pair of dental implants placed inside of the jaw. Because the implants will be providing sufficient strength to the restoration, there’s no need to remove existing tooth enamel just to have the restorations placed.
Missing All Teeth
With an implant-supported denture, you can easily replace teeth in the top arch, bottom arch, or both arches if that’s what you require. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported ones rely on a series of implants (typically four to six) to hold your restoration in place. This means you can expect easier use and maintenance, better comfort, significantly improved biting force and other benefits.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There are few treatments as personalized as dental implants, which means a fair amount of planning needs to be done before a price can be provided. The number of teeth you need to replace, the type of restoration used to cover the implants, and any preparatory treatments needed to begin surgery can all influence your final cost. However, most patients note that they actually save money in the long-term on dental implants compared to traditional options (i.e. bridges and dentures) because of their longevity. Bridges and dentures typically need to be replaced every so often, making them less cost-effective.