One of the most common dental issues for adults in the United States is missing teeth, which can lead to many oral and overall health issues. If you are missing one or more teeth, replacement is critical.
At Precision Dental in New Port Richey, FL, we offer implant dentistry. This area of dentistry is focused on tooth replacement through dental implants. Here is what you need to know about implant dentistry at our clinic.
There are two primary forms of dental implants
Endosteal implants require adequate jawbone health and density because they are inserted into the jawbone. This is the most common type of implant. This device is a small cylinder, blade, or screw that holds at least one prosthetic tooth, but may hold 2 or more.
Patients who have some jawbone loss and are unable or unwilling to undergo jawbone grafting surgery may qualify for subperiosteal implants. This involves a metal frame that is inserted into the gum and sits on or above the jawbone. The frame may hold one or more posts to support prosthetic teeth.
There are several types of dental implant treatment offered at Precision Dental, including:
A single-tooth dental implant is designed to replace a single missing tooth. The average cost of a single implant is around $5,000.
All-on-4 Dental Implants is a procedure that replaces an entire arch of missing teeth with only 4 dental implants. Two of the implants are placed in the back of the jaw at an angle, and two are placed in the front. The average cost of All-on-4 dental implants is around $12,000 per arch or $24,000 for both.
All-on-6 Dental Implants is a procedure that replaces an entire arch of missing teeth with only 6 dental implants. The implants are evenly spaced along the jaw and is common in patients who have a larger-than-average mouth. The cost of All-on-6 treatment ranges from around $24,000 to $31,000 per arch.
Full mouth reconstruction involves using a single dental implant for each tooth. This is a very extensive, invasive procedure. The average cost of full mouth reconstruction is $60,000+.
Denture implants are permanent- only the dentist can remove them. This restoration uses 2 or more dental implants to secure a denture plate in place. The average cost of denture implants is around $35,000.
An implant overdenture, also known as a snap-in denture, is supported by dental implants but is removable and must be cared for like conventional dentures. The average cost of an implant overdenture is $6,000 for 2 dental implants and the overdenture. The cost may be higher if you need additional implants.
A dental bridge is designed to replace several missing teeth in a row. A traditional dental bridge requires the support of the natural teeth on each side of the gap. An implant-supported bridge, on the other hand, is supported by dental implants placed on each side of the gap. The average cost of an implant-supported bridge is around $10,000 for two implants and a span of up to 3 artificial teeth.
Dental implants offer many benefits, including:
The procedure for getting dental implants is extensive and takes a minimum of several months to a year or more, depending on your needs. Here’s what you can expect from this procedure:
The first step to any procedure at Precision Dental is consultation. During this visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive exam and review your dental and medical history to determine if you are eligible for implants. Your own expectations for treatment will also be discussed. This information will be used to design your personalized treatment plan.
Once you have healed from any prep procedures, the implants can be placed. This involves cutting an incision in the gum and drilling a hole in the jawbone. The implant is placed in the hole and the incision is closed. Once all implants are placed, you will be sent home to heal.
Healing, or osseointegration, typically takes several months. For the first few days, you’ll have some discomfort, so you’ll want to stick to a liquid diet. When you feel ready, you can transition to a soft foods diet. This will allow you to get the nutrition you need to support healing and prevent damage to the implants.
Once osseointegration is complete, you will return to the office to have the abutment placed. This is the piece that connects the implant to the crown or denture. At this time, the dentist will make impressions of your mouth and order the restoration. Typically, it takes about 2 weeks for the restoration to be fabricated.
The final step in the process is placing your crown or other restoration. This will restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth.
Once the process is complete, you’ll be able to return to your normal routine. You will be able to eat anything you like. Dental implants are just like natural teeth, so they do not require any special care considerations. Simply brush and floss as usual.
Dental implants are a popular option for tooth replacement. However, we understand that you may have questions or concerns. We will be happy to discuss those with you. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions at Precision Dental.
In dentistry, an implant is a device used to replace the root of a missing tooth. An implant looks, feels, and functions more like a natural tooth.
Denture stabilization is the process of using dental implants to hold a denture plate in place.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. The crown or prosthetic teeth may need to be replaced after about 15 to 20 years, depending on care and maintenance habits.
Two or more dental implants can be used to stabilize an overdenture.
On average, a single tooth implant costs around $5,000. A full-mouth restoration can cost $60,000 or more. Hybrid solutions, such as All-on-4, cost an average of $12,000 per arch.
Yes, regular dentures can be converted into snap-on dentures.
Dental implants take several months to heal, or osseointegrate, with the jawbone. During this time, you’ll want to stick to a soft food diet to avoid damaging the implants.