Dental Implants

Dental implants are screws inserted into the jawbone to serve as a permanent, long term, and stable tooth root for dental crowns or other tooth extensions.

Dental Implants

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

4 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Implant

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$1000 - $90000

Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics


What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are a cosmetic dentistry procedure to permanently improve the health and appearance of the teeth. The implant is a screw-like cylinder that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The protruding titanium post serves as a base for the attachment of artificial teeth.

The Anatomy of the Tooth

Tooth Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

Dental implants require two appointments spaced two to six months apart. Temporary crowns matched to the natural teeth will be placed over the implant prior to placement of the permanent crown. Dental Implants can treat damaged teeth, broken or missing teeth, or chipped teeth.

What cosmetic concerns does a dental implant procedure treat?

  1. Damaged Teeth & Gums: A dental implant involves permanently inserting an implant into the jaw bone to serve as a structure for dental crowns or other tooth extensions.

Who is the ideal candidate for a dental implant procedure?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is missing teeth, has poor tooth health or other chronic dental disorders, and has good overall oral health and gum tissue health. Dental implants are not recommended for young people who have not finished growing, those with gum disease (periodontal disease) or bone loss, and anyone who has received high dose radiation to the head or neck.

What is the average recovery associated with a dental implant procedure?

The recovery time following a dental implant procedure varies depending on which stage of the process a candidate is in. Bruising of the face and neck, pain, and swelling are common and last a few weeks following the initial implant placement into the jaw bone. Following the placement of the dental crown, patients may experience some mild tooth sensitivity, and will be advised to avoid crunchy, hard, chewy, and spicy foods.

What are the potential side effects of a dental implant procedure?

Possible side effects associated with dental implant surgery include pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, tooth sensitivity, and gum sensitivity.

What can someone expect from the results of a dental implant procedure?

The results of a dental implant are permanent once the final artificial tooth has been matched to adjacent teeth and has been placed over the implant. Should the dental crown become damaged or stained, replacement teeth can be easily changed without additional surgery. Implants are permanent and last a lifetime with proper care, regular dental visits, and good oral hygiene.

What is the average cost of a dental implant procedure?


A dental implant procedure can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $90,000 for a single tooth. The actual cost of a dental implant is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

naturaldoesn't affect speechdoesn't effect eating

Cons

multiple stepsinfectionperiodontal diseaseadditional surgerycostly

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Dental implants are long-lasting solutions for missing teeth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after dental implants.

The Takeaway


Dental implants are a surgical procedure to create permanent, natural appearing artificial teeth implanted into the jaw bone through stable, long term artificial tooth roots.

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  1. Francesco Cairo Periodontal plastic surgery of gingival recessions at single and multiple teeth PubMed.gov; 2017-10-02
  2. Medline Plus Malocclusion of Teeth MedlinePlus.gov
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