Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. Implants provide enough support for fixed or removable bridges or dentures. Dental implants, which are placed in the jawbone, are anchors made of a metal called titanium. The anchors begin to fuse with the jawbone over the course of a few months. After the healing process, called osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the implant prosthesis.
Types of Dental Implants:
Implant-supported dentures can be fixed or removable. This solution requires the placement of at least two implants. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will sit onto the implant to gain more retention rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures must be taken out and cleaned regularly.
This technique provides many advantages over traditional dentures. Easy to care for, this solution can mimic the aesthetic and function of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the help of dental implants as anchors. Patients will not notice the typical movement and rocking or gingival irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate 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 known as osseointegration and can help prevent future bone loss.
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Dental Implant-Supported Fixed Partial Denture
An implant-supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where multiple teeth in a row are missing. The bridge usually replaces three or more adjacent missing teeth without the use of a denture. This prosthetic usually requires two implants to support the bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for the patients’ natural teeth.
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All-on-4 Implant Denture
This denture, also known as an all-on-4 is a unique implant-supported solution that allows patients who are missing all of their teeth in one or both arches to replace a full arch of teeth using 4 implants.
This solution offers multiple advantages over traditional dentures. Easy to care for, this denture can simulate the function and aesthetic of natural teeth and stay in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not feel the typical rocking and movement or gingival irritation associated with traditional dentures. Patients can often have a full arch of teeth the same day, reducing overall healing time and cost for the patient.
Very much like other types of implant restorations, Full arch implant prosthetics help prevent the sunken look that can occur with jawbone loss by stimulating bone growth in the area surrounding the implant. This process is osseointegration.
With this implant-supported full arch, there is no resin or metal covering the palate, so eating and talking are more comfortable and more natural than with a traditional denture.
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Guided Dental Implant Surgery
With Cone Beam CT and computerized treatment planning, and with specialized training, guided implant surgery is performed.
Using a 3D model or a physical model, implant surgery and the following restorative work can be simulated to create the ideal treatment plan for patients. These simulations allow the doctor to take different aspects of implant placement into consideration, resulting in optimal aesthetic outcome, function, and longevity for the patient’s final restoration. Working with a 3D model also lets the patient better understand the procedures and visualize the outcome before it is finalized.
Once treatment planning is complete, specialized software can be used to fabricate a surgical guide for use during implant placement surgery. This guide directs the exact angulation, location, and depth of the implant placement. The use of the surgical guide improves the safety, accuracy, and predictability of the procedure.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Unfortunately, only a portion of dental insurances cover the cost of tooth implants, and even if they do, only partially. We understand that the cost of tooth implants can be a deterrent, so we have made it easy to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists who offers tooth implants. Doctors Network offers dental plans to reduce the cost of tooth implants. Now you can get dental implants for as little as $1000. Please visit Doctors Network to book appointment with restorative dentists.