Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They are a very popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth.

The process of getting a tooth implant typically involves several steps:
1.) A dental surgeon will assess the patient's oral health and general health to determine if they are a candidate for implants. This may involve taking X-rays or CT scans to evaluate the jawbone and surrounding structures.

2.) If the patient is a good candidate, the next step is the surgical placement of the dental implant. This involves making an incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone and drilling a hole to insert the implant. The implant is biocompatible and fuses with the jawbone over time through a process called osseointegration which usually takes 4-6 months

3.) After the implant is placed, a healing cap is placed over the implant and the area will heal over period of several months so the implant can integrate with the jawbone.

4.) Once the implant has fully integrated in 4-6 months, the patient will see their general dentist to be fitted for the crown. This will involve a scan or impression of the area. This information will go to the lab where the implant will be made.

5.) The final visits involves the delivery of the implant which consists of an abutment and a crown. The abutment is screwed into the implant. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the replacement crown. The permanent crown or bridge is cemented onto the abutment. This is done using dental cement or screws, depending on the specific case.

Tooth implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. They provide a more natural look and feel, as they are securely anchored in the jawbone and do not affect the surrounding teeth. They also help preserve the strength of the jawbone by stimulating bone growth and preventing bone loss, which can occur when a tooth is missing.

However, tooth implants are not ideal for everyone. Factors such as overall health, oral hygiene, and the condition of the jawbone need to be considered. It is important to consult with a dental professional to determine if tooth implants are the right option for you.

How Successful Is The Procedure?
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device at around 98%. However, a regular oral hygiene routine is crucial to ensuring their results for the long term. Patients will need to be seen on a regular basis to ensure good oral care and to check the integrity of the implant.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are a unique procedure tailored to the individual's needs. While they may be more expensive than other tooth replacement options, over time implants are usually a more cost-effective and reliable solution to missing teeth as they can last a very long time, even the lifetime of the patient.
Many dental insurance policies covers part of the cost of your treatment. We highly recommend that you speak with your dental insurance provider to see what options are available to you as well as speak with your dentist as many dentists are able to offer payment plans through third-party providers.