What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are often seen as the ideal method of replacing one or more missing teeth, as they are most similar to your real teeth. They can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or support dentures in the All-on-4® procedure. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants replace the missing tooth root, which ultimately preserves the bone in your jaw. Another benefit of implants is that they don’t affect surrounding teeth. Instead, they fuse to your jaw, acting as a single tooth. They are also permanently fixed, which prevents slippage or inconveniences while eating.

Comprised of an implanted titanium post that mimics the tooth root, dental implants can support a variety of custom-made restorations. Dental implants can provide unparalleled stability, reliability, and function. Furthermore, this tooth restoration technique offers outstanding aesthetics to create a natural-looking smile that suits you.

The advanced solution of dental implants can provide a natural look and feel that is incomparable to alternative methods. During your consultation, one of our dentists will examine your mouth and help you understand how each tooth replacement solution can affect your smile.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants can help you to achieve a beautiful, complete smile without the need for dentures. Benefits of dental implants include:

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Is It Safe to Get Dental Implants?

When you choose an extensively trained and experienced implant dentist who prioritizes your health and well-being at every stage of treatment, placement of dental implants is considered a safe procedure. With advanced technology and state-of-the-art care, the chances of complications or implant failure can be reduced even further. To maintain a high dental implant success rate at True Dentistry, our implant dentists thoroughly evaluate patients for candidacy, meticulously plan each procedure, and take every precaution to support a positive outcome. Our dentists are renowned for their ability to handle complex dental implant cases and full mouth restorations that demand a high level of skill and expertise—always focusing on safety and comfort throughout the procedure. In the extremely rare event a problem should occur with your dental implants, it is important to contact our practice as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment of implant concerns can prevent small issues from becoming larger, more expensive dental problems.

What Types of Dental Implants Are Available?

At True Dentistry, we offer dental implants (posts and abutments) made of two different materials—titanium and ceramic.

Titanium Implants

The most common type of dental implants are those made of titanium—a strong, light, bio-compatible, and non-allergenic material that is preferred for use in many medical procedures. Titanium also has the added benefit of fusing easily with bone material (through a process called osseointegration), which can hold the implant firmly within the jawbone. When temperatures in the mouth fluctuate (i.e. with consumption of hot or cold food/drinks), titanium does not transfer heat or cold, reducing the likelihood of shocking or uncomfortable sensations.

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

When your dental implants are healed and the restorations are placed, they should feel and function just like natural teeth. Generally speaking, the only temporary discomfort you might experience would be during the recovery process following your implant surgery; however, prescribed medication and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can help provide relief as needed while you heal. The majority of our patients are typically free of any post-operative pain by the seven day mark.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are intended to be a long-lasting—and in many cases permanent—tooth replacement solution, especially when the procedure is performed by an experienced implant dentist. There are several additional factors that can impact the success and longevity of your dental implants:

  • Ensuring that you are indeed a good candidate for the procedure
  • Effective treatment of any problematic dental concerns—including infection in the gums and bone tissue—prior to implantation
  • Detailed procedure planning using state-of-the-art 3D technology
  • Use of high-quality implant systems and durable restoration materials
  • Checking for a proper bite when the implant restoration(s) are placed
  • Keeping up with daily dental hygiene and twice yearly exams
  • Addressing new dental concerns quickly when they arise

Dental implants with single crowns can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with twice-daily brushing and flossing. For patients who have a history of clenching or grinding, our dentist may recommend a night guard to help protect implant restorations from damage.

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost for dental implants varies from patient to patient based on the unique details of his or her treatment plan. The total price for care is typically calculated based on the following factors:

After your consultation, you will receive a comprehensive cost quote for your custom dental implant treatment that explains all aspects of our pricing.

At True Dentistry, we strive to not only deliver top-quality care—we want dental implant treatment to be as affordable as possible, too. For many of our patients who are qualified applicants, dental financing through trusted third-party lenders can deliver the financial flexibility and convenience they need to move forward with their care. We have partnered with both LendingClub® and CareCredit® to extend a variety of low and no-interest loan options to our patients. Dental implants can be a worthwhile long-term investment in your smile, and we will do our best to find the right solutions for your unique dental and financial needs.

Are There Alternatives to Dental Implants?

For patients who may not be ideal candidates for dental implants, our dentists offer other reconstructive solutions, such as single crowns, dental bridges, partials, or removable dentures. All of these tooth replacement methods are designed, crafted, and fitted with the utmost care and attention to detail. The goal at True Dentistry is always to create a smile that looks natural, with replacement teeth that feel great and function well.

In general, you have three main options for replacing missing teeth: dental bridges, dentures, or dental implants. Bridges are composed of one or more artificial teeth surrounded by two crowns, which are attached to surrounding healthy teeth. While they make a great solution for some people, they can also cause teeth to weaken over time. In addition, a gap from multiple missing teeth may be too wide for bridges to be an effective option.

Dentures, on the other hand, are especially beneficial for patients needing several teeth replaced. Partial dentures are secured by surrounding teeth for support, filling in large gaps between. Unfortunately, this solution can be uncomfortable and can shift along the gumline, making eating and talking difficult. To remedy this, your dentist may recommend dental implants or implant-supported dentures.

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