Restore Your Smile’s Health and Beauty
Dental implants are designed to not just rebuild your smile’s appearance, but restore all the functions you lost as a result of losing your teeth. With the restorative benefits of dental implants, you can restore your smile’s look, feel and function. You can eat the foods you want, smile with confidence, and plan for the long-term. Dr. Rynar has extensive training in the training in implantology and is more than prepared to help you preserve your facial structure as well as your smile. We invite you to the practice to learn if dental implants are right for you, so please give our office a call today!
Benefits of Dental Implants
As the only comprehensive tooth replacement available, dental implants work thanks to something called “osseointegration” -- which means the implant posts are able to actually fuse together with the jaw bone. Once this process occurs, the replacement tooth/teeth have a sturdy foundation to anchor to. And it’s one that can easily last for decades with proper care and maintenance!
Because of this integration, you don’t have to worry about limiting your diet just because of your restorations. In fact, dental implants are known for being even sturdier than natural teeth for this reason. On average, they last between 25 years and a lifetime, so there’s no worry of whether or not your restorations will stand the test of time.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most versatile dental treatments out there because of their ability to replace teeth in a number of different circumstances. It doesn’t matter if you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all the teeth in your arch, you can replace all of them with dental implants.
Missing Single Tooth
To replace a single tooth, an implant is paired with a single implant-retained crown. This crown is made entirely from porcelain in order to ensure natural-looking aesthetics and long-term durability. Once the implant has fully integrated with your bone and soft tissue, we can safely restore it with a crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
To replace multiple teeth, we can fit a pair of dental implants with an implant-retained bridge. Instead of removing existing tooth enamel to make room for a dental bridge, the titanium posts can hold the restoration on their own, helping you retain as much natural tooth enamel as possible.
Missing All Teeth
Tired of your current denture? If you want it to have a superior fit, an implant-retained denture is the best solution out there. By placing four to six dental implants throughout the jaw, you can have a denture that is truly stable, long-lasting and comfortable to wear.
As experts in periodontics and implantology, our practice can perform any and all preparatory treatments you may need entirely in the office. For example, many patients who have had missing teeth for a long period of time are more likely to have reduced bone volume. To resolve this, we can perform a bone graft as well as bone regeneration techniques designed to improve your eligibility for dental implants. If you have issues with your gums, we can perform gum grafting to ensure their health is in order before treatment.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are not a one-size-fits-all treatment. Each patient has their own unique needs, which is why the cost of treatment can widely fluctuate depending on what your needs are as a patient. While the most common and influential factors for cost include the number of implants being placed and the type of restoration used to restore your smile, it can also be influenced by preparatory treatments. This includes bone grafts, ridge preservation, gum grafts, and bone regeneration. With that said, dental implants are often considered to be cost-effective and the best long-term investment you can make for tooth replacement.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are booming in popularity for people across the country who are missing teeth, because nothing else offers the same level of stability and support as this comprehensive replacement option. Do you have questions about how implants work, how much they cost, or anything else? Find the answers to (just about) everything you need to know about dental implants in our handy FAQ.
Q: How do dental implants work?
When you have lost a tooth, you are missing two parts: its supportive root structure and the crown, or the part you see. While other methods of tooth replacement only give you back the visible portion of the tooth, dental implants work by replacing both the root and its crown.
Q: What are dental implants made out of?
The majority of dental implants are made out of titanium. Zirconia and ceramic options do exist for patients with allergies or who need a metal-free option. A dental implant is composed of three parts: the implant post, the connecting abutment, and the prosthetic tooth/teeth that is placed on top.
Q: How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. In the case of multiple tooth loss, an individual implant post is not needed for each missing tooth. Your implant dentist can secure a complete denture on a strategic number of dental implants.
Q: What’s the process for dental implants?
Dental implants are placed over the course of two phases: implantation and final restoration. A recovery period of four to six months is typically required between each phase. During this time, the jawbone will gradually fuse together with each implant post to provide the ultimate in stability for the new tooth replacement.
Q: Does it hurt to get dental implants?
Thanks to modern methods and tools, there is nothing to fear when you get dental implants. We won’t start any part of the treatment until we are sure you are completely comfortable with anesthesia and sedation (if desired). We will also thoroughly discuss each aspect of the treatment to ensure you are fully informed about what is going on with your smile.
Q: How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary based on a few factors, including the health of your jaw, how many teeth you need to replace, and where in the mouth they are located. Your implant dentist will give you a more precise idea of how much your dental implant implant procedure will cost in a consultation.
Q: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Many adults are eligible for dental implants. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in reasonably good oral and overall health chances are good that you are, too. The only way to know for sure is to visit your implant dentist to discuss your options in tooth replacement in detail! If you are eligible, we will look forward to getting started on your new smile right away.