Not sure if dental implants are the answer for you?
Dr. Russo provides the information you need to decide if implants might be for you, and how to choose a good implant professional.
What exactly is a dental implant?
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to counter tooth loss. The procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, though it also falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry as well. Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures. Learn More
Advantages of Implant Dentistry
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts (bridges and dentures). Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Additionally, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, a single implant can serve to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation. Procedural advancements, including the development of narrower “mini” implants, mean that more people than ever before are finding themselves candidates for implantation. However, candidacy for implantation still varies, meaning that your dentist may determine that you should opt for an alternative restoration.
Dental Implants Cost and Candidacy
The cost of dental implants depends on many factors, including the type of implantation, the dentist performing the procedure, the location where it is performed, the material used and the amount of dental insurance you have. Single implants may range in cost from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the aforementioned factors.
Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?
Now that you know what an implant costs, it’s time to determine if you are a candidate. First, seek the advice of a dentist trained in implants, crowns and/or surgery. Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive oral health examination and patient history to evaluate candidacy. Since implantation is a type of oral surgery, it is important to ensure that your dentist has the experience and training required for this sensitive procedure. Dental implantation, which is performed to replace missing teeth, can be done any time after adolescence or when bone growth is complete. Certain medical conditions, such as active diabetes, cancer or periodontal disease, may require additional treatment before the implant procedure can be performed. Also, to determine candidacy for a dental implant, your dentist must evaluate bone density and quantity. In some cases where bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, implants may not be advised. In certain cases, bone grafting can be derived from your bone, a synthetic bone or a bovine bone to provide the right support for the implant, but your dentist will need to determine if you qualify for these procedures.