At Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands, dental implants are titanium screws surgically placed into the jawbone. These implants act as the tooth root and anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. They can be used to replace one missing tooth or provide support for dentures. Our dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants following a comprehensive examination.
Replacing Missing Teeth
When a tooth is extracted or lost from gum disease, it can lead to bone loss in the jaw. As a result, the structure of your face can begin to collapse inward. Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures because they can stop bone density loss in the jaw and restore the facial structure. They do this by functioning very much like natural tooth roots. The implant post is placed into the jawbone, where it naturally fuses with the bone in your jaw. With regular use, the implant stimulates the jawbone like tooth roots do, stopping bone resorption that results from lack of stimulation from the missing tooth. This also helps prevent future bone loss in that jaw area. A dental implant can vastly improve your quality of life because it functions like natural teeth, so you can eat whatever foods you want, usually speak, and smile confidently.
All-on-4 is a dental implant restoration that can replace all upper or lower teeth. You can have an entire arch of fixed implant restorations within one day. The implants will be surgically placed at an angle for a secure fit with the supporting bone structure. Once healed, the implant abutments will be attached, and your permanent restorations will be placed.
Overview of Implant Placement
After the implants are placed, and healing is complete, the patient will need to make several visits to the dentist’s office to complete the restoration process. The dentist will then take impressions of the bite and send those impressions to the lab, where the restorations will be made. In the meantime, a temporary crown may be placed on the implant abutment to function as the interim restoration until the permanent crown is ready. Once the restoration is complete, the patient can resume normal activities with their new implants.
Missing All Upper or Lower Teeth
When patients lose all teeth in their upper or lower arch, they no longer have the stimulation needed to preserve bone tissue in the jaw. Thus, patients are at risk for bone loss, facial structure collapse, and shifting of remaining natural teeth. Dental implants are a popular option to replace an entire arch of lost teeth. By placing implants into the jaw bone, we can replace all of the roots of the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. This gives the patient the foundation they need to chew and speak quickly. Dental implants also help preserve healthy bone density in the jaw to prevent future tooth loss and other issues caused by loss of bone.
Bone Grafting for Implants
Bone grafting is often recommended before any dental implant procedure to increase the amount of jawbone tissue currently available to support implants. This will ensure the implants have a solid base to attach and will not shift out of their intended place. The bone can also be grafted onto a dental implant post to help stabilize it after placement. Once healed, your dentist will place the abutments and the prosthesis onto the posts and complete your treatment with a natural-looking restoration.
An overdenture is a form of denture that is supported by dental implants. A traditional removable denture rests on the gums but is not supported by implants. In contrast, an overdenture is secured by being attached to implant posts. This provides excellent stability and support to the jaw and allows you to eat and speak more comfortably than a traditional loose-fitting denture. The implants themselves also help stimulate jaw bone growth and prevent resorption.
The teeth-in-a-day procedure is often performed when a patient is missing all of their upper and lower teeth. The process involves placing four to six dental implants in the upper or lower jaw to support a fixed arch of false teeth. Once the dental implant posts have healed, and the gum tissue has fully healed around them, the arch is permanently attached with abutments. The entire procedure can take as little as four to eight hours, so the patient can walk out of the office with a full smile after just one appointment.
Cost of Dental Implants
The average cost of dental implant treatment depends on many factors, including the type and number of implants needed, the complexity of the case, and the materials to be used. When deciding on the correct type of implant for your unique case, your dentist will carefully evaluate your dental health history, discuss each type's risks and benefits, and recommend the best solution.
A single tooth implant costs around $3,000-$5,000. This cost includes the surgery itself as well as the crown placement appointment. However, this price does not include the final restoration or follow-up visits.
For patients with insufficient bone density to support an implant, bone augmentation or a sinus lift surgery may be required before placing the implant. These procedures usually add costs from $400 to $1,200.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact Dental Specialists & Implant Center in The Woodlands at 3117 College Park Dr #230, The Woodlands, TX, or call (936) 231-8937.