A dental implant consists of three parts: a titanium post, which is surgically implanted into your jaw bone by a dentist to replace the tooth root; an abutment, which sits just below the gum line to secure the new tooth to the implant; and a restoration, or artificial tooth, which can either be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
Dr. Theodore will prepare a personalized treatment plan. The first step is to place the implant post in the jaw. Dr. Theodore will design a crown and place it on the post, making sure the color, contours and fit are precise so it looks like a natural tooth.
Implantation: The placement of the dental implant is a simple, procedure performed in the dentist ofice under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone. In some cases, Dr. Theodore will place the permanent dental crown during this visit. Other times, a temporary crown will be placed while the implant heals.
Implant Restoration: After the healing process is complete, Dr. Theodore will uncover the implant and attach the dental crown, bridge or denture. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure long term health and function of the dental implant.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. Dr. Theodore will review all of your options as well as the cost of procedures prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to allow for the maximum reimbursement. Dr. Theodore also offers flexible payment options to help make dental implants more affordable.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients should be healthy enough for surgery, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Dr. Theodore will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the various treatment options available to you.
What is the best choice for missing teeth?
Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are may options for replacement. Dr. Theodore will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long lasting, worry free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently and without any restrictions.
How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.
What are all on four implants?
All on four implants are another name for denture implants. Dr. Theodore may place as few as four dental implants to secure a new or existing denture.
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