If you are missing one or more teeth and are looking for a more permanent solution than a partial denture, a dental implant may be your best option.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
As a dental implant can look and feel like your original tooth, it’s as if it is your original tooth! Having one or more missing teeth could impact how and what you eat, how you speak, and how you look. With a dental implant, those impacts disappear – but the positive impact to your self-confidence and comfort is easy to see!
Dental implants can replace dental treatments such as a partial denture, or traditional crown and bridge work.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is secured to your jawbone with a titanium metal screw. The artificial tooth is then attached to the top of the screw with a post or abutment. Unlike a partial denture, this tooth does not shift, move, or rub on adjacent gums or teeth.
Can anyone get a dental implant?
A consultation with the dentist at Keele Grandravine Family Dental will determine if you are a candidate for one or more dental implants. Generally, if you are in good health and your jaw bone, gums, and overall oral health is good, a dental implant may be an option for you. In some cases, if your jawbone has deteriorated, bone augmentation may be required to support the implant. Your dentist will share all options and recommendations with you, so you can make the best decision for you.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
As this process requires oral surgery and time for you to heal before all steps can be completed, the dental implant process requires multiple appointments over time.
First, the metal root or screw is implanted into your jawbone where the new tooth will be located. Both your jawbone and your surrounding gums will need time to heal. The healing varies for each patient.
Next, a post or abutment is attached to the screw, and the artificial tooth is attached to it.
How much does a dental implant cost?
A dental implant is more expensive than a partial denture or a bridge; however, a dental implant is a permanent, lifetime solution. Discuss the options with us, and we’ll work with you to get you the best, most cost effective solution for your budget.