Four Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They are durable and can prevent future complications. If you have missing teeth, check out these commonly asked questions to determine if dental implants are right for you. 

1. What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants consist of an artificial titanium root, an abutment, and a porcelain dental crown. The dentist drills the titanium implant (which resembles a screw) into the jawbone. After the area heals and the bone fuses to the artificial root, the dentist makes an incision in the gums to access the implant and add the abutment. The abutment is completely covered by the porcelain crown.

If you have or need a dental bridge to replace multiple teeth, the dentist can attach a bridge to the implants. This is less invasive and more affordable than multiple single implants.

2. What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most durable option to replace missing teeth since the jawbone attaches to them. Ideally, the implant is permanent and won't require replacement (however, regular wear and tear may require you to replace the crown in the future).

When the jawbone fuses to the implant, the implant helps the jawbone by stimulating it. This stimulation fools the jawbone into thinking you still have teeth, which prevents atrophy and facial shape changes. Replacing missing teeth in general can also prevent teeth from shifting and affecting your bite.

3. What if You're Missing All Your Teeth?

If you're missing all your teeth, the is a dental implant option too. Implant-supported dentures use regular titanium implants in the jawbone. There is a small attachment added to the implant, which secures the denture plates.

While the implants are permanent and non-removable, you can and should remove your denture plates for cleaning, and to give the gum tissue some time to breathe. Unlike regular dentures, implant dentures won't move when you eat, talk, laugh, cough, etc.

4. How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants are the most expensive tooth-replacement option, but other options are not designed to be permanent and usually need to be fully replaced at some point. A single implant usually costs between $2,400 to $3,000, but that does not include other procedures that may be required, such as a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone so it can support the implant.

Naturally, since they replace more teeth and use more materials, implant bridges are more expensive than single implants at $3,000 to $30,000. The exact cost depends on the number of missing teeth and the amount of implants required, but you'll still pay less compared to multiple single dental implants. Implant dentures to replace all your teeth with a full upper and lower set of dentures cost about $6,549 to $80,000.

If you are sick of hiding your smile because of missing teeth, consider dental implants. They are strong and look amazing. If you would like to know more, contact a dentist in your area today.