Research shows that there are millions of adults in the United States that are missing one or more teeth. Missing teeth can have a major impact on your oral, mental, and overall health. However, the good news is that you have options for replacing missing teeth to resolve these issues.
Dr. Michail Zakher at Precision Dental in New Port Richey offers implant-based and non-implant-based options. In this article, we’ll explain more about implant-based tooth replacement solutions and what you should know before and after the procedure.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution made up of three parts:
The process usually takes a minimum of several months from start to finish, but with proper care and maintenance, should last a lifetime.
Before you can get dental implants, you will need a comprehensive exam, which will include X-rays and other necessary imaging. In order to qualify for dental implants, you must be in good oral and overall health. You must also have adequate jawbone density to support the implants. If you do not, you will not qualify.
In addition, there are certain medical conditions and medical treatments/medications that may disqualify you from treatment. You will need to consult with your medical provider to be sure.
If you need additional treatments such as gum disease treatment, tooth extractions, or bone grafting, those will need to be completed prior to implant placement. In some cases, the implants may be able to be placed immediately following extraction- but in most cases, full healing is required following any of these procedures.
The healing process takes a minimum of several months and may take up to a year or more depending on your body’s ability to heal. During this time, you will need to stick to a soft food diet to avoid damaging the implants or causing implant failure. You will also need to practice proper oral hygiene habits to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup around the implant site. Some soreness and tenderness should be expected- but if you experience excruciating pain, you should seek emergency dental treatment.
Implant-supported dentures are designed to replace most or all missing teeth in a single arch with 2 or more dental implants. An overdenture is attached to the implants and can be fixed or removable.
|Fixed, not removable||Fixed, not removable|
|Costs an average of around $2,500+ depending on the type of material chosen and the number of teeth required- another factor is the type of bridge||Costs $5,000+ for a single implant and up to $60,000+ for full-mouth restoration Hybrid options cost an average of $12,000 per arch|
|Requires 2 or more appointments over the course of a few weeks||Requires multiple appointments over several months to a year or more|
|Usually requires replacement after about 10 to 15 years, may last about 10 with proper care and maintenance||Implant screw should last a lifetime but the restoration may need to be replaced after about 20 years|
Fixed, not removable
Costs an average of around $2,500+ depending on the type of material chosen and the number of teeth required- another factor is the type of bridge
Requires 2 or more appointments over the course of a few weeks
Usually requires replacement after about 10 to 15 years, may last about 10 with proper care and maintenance
Fixed, not removable
Costs $5,000+ for a single implant and up to $60,000+ for full-mouth restoration. Hybrid options cost an average of $12,000 per arch
Requires multiple appointments over several months to a year or more
Implant screw should last a lifetime but the restoration may need to be replaced after about 20 years
If you are in or near New Port Richey, Florida, contact Precision Dental. Dr. Michail Zakher and the team have the experience and expertise to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to tooth replacement, we offer a variety of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services for the entire family. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about your options.
We are located on Rancho del Rio Drive in New Port Richey. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We are available after hours for dental emergencies. We accept both walk-in patients and scheduled patients. We look forward to working with you to create your perfect smile.
Dr. Zakher and the team at Precision Dental understand that it’s important for you to understand your procedures before undergoing them. Therefore, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your oral health, we will be happy to address them. Below are some of the most common questions that we’ve been asked about dental implants: