gain new-found confidence with affordable dental implants!
Gain new-found confidence with affordable dental implants! Implants feel natural and comfortable just like your original teeth. They will help you love your smile again!
When a tooth is lost, both the part of the tooth you see in your mouth called the crown, and the root is lost. Like your tooth, a dental implant has two parts. There is a part that goes into your jaw like a root, and a part that shows in your mouth and looks like a tooth.
A dental implant is placed in the jaw so that it can join with your natural bone, making it stronger. Implants can be used to replace an individual tooth, several teeth individually or to support a bridge or denture.
You have one or more teeth missing. What should you do about it?
One. Do nothing.
However, your teeth don’t stay in one place. They move. Your back teeth will move forward into the space of the missing teeth. The back teeth may also tilt forward.
Why does it matter? Your top and bottom teeth are made to fit together. When the teeth don’t stay in their right position and line up properly because of a missing tooth, it can cause bite and jaw problems, also called TMJ problems. This doesn’t happen right away because our bodies, including our mouths, are good at adjusting to changes. But eventually, the teeth get so out of alignment that your mouth can no longer adjust, and you end up with jaw pain.
Two. Get a fixed bridge or removable partial denture.
Learn more about fixing dental bridges here.
Three. Get a dental implant.
Dental implants look and feel more like your natural teeth than any other way of replacing teeth. You brush and floss them just like you do your natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about what foods you eat, like you might with a partial or full denture. You also don’t have to worry about any slippage of your denture.
Dental implants also last longer than any other way to replace one or more missing teeth. With partial dentures and full dentures, you might replace them every five to ten years. They also feel bulkier at first, but you get used to talking and eating with them.
The big advantage of dental implants is they help keep your bone healthy and prevent bone loss from occurring. You don’t get this type of bone loss protection with partial or full dentures.
The disadvantages are the length of time it takes to get the implant done and the increased cost. It can takes three to six months to have a dental implant put in. Each patient is different, and each patient’s needs are different. Also, dental implants can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 each. Added to that is the cost of the crown. However, when you think about the cost of replacing a partial or full denture several times and the time off of work, you come out ahead with a dental implant in the long run.
Our dental implant cost is more affordable than you might imagine. Call 616.453.3111 to learn more about dental implant pricing.
What exactly is a dental implant?
There are three parts to dental implants.
One part replaces the root of the missing tooth. Just like a screw anchors something to a piece of wood, the root part of a dental implant is like a screw anchoring the implant to your jawbone. This procedure is done with a local anesthetic. The bone grows and joins with the dental implant, anchoring it to the jaw. After three months, a healing cap is put on the dental implant for three weeks of gum growth. See A in picture.
The second part of the implant is the abutment or connector. It connects the dental implant with the crown. This is done after the bone heals to the dental implant, or after the three months. See B in picture.
The third part is your custom crown. Just like you get a crown or cap for your natural teeth, a crown is custom made for your dental implant. This is done at the appointment that you get the abutment or connector. See C in picture.
Our goal at Life Centered-Dentistry is to give you the healthiest, happiest smile. Dental implants are the most natural and longest lasting way to smile confidently, eat comfortably and enjoy life to the fullest without worrying about your teeth.