If you have a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, a dental implant procedure may be an ideal replacement option for your needs. The dental implant is a true breakthrough in restorative dental care, offering an advanced alternative to dentures that can replace missing teeth with results that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Our dentists at Vence Dentistry can perform full dental implant procedures right here under one roof. It’s part of our commitment to providing patients with comprehensive treatment options and the most convenient experience possible.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are composed of durable titanium or ceramic posts affixed with custom dental crowns. The implants are anchored to the jawbone in the area of the missing teeth, where they will then go through a process called “osseointegration,” which involves the fusion of the implant to the bone. This process essentially makes the implant into an artificial tooth root, allowing it to become a permanent part of the mouth and serve as a solid foundation for a dental crown. The placement of the implant and the custom-designed dental crown are designed to yield results that look, feel, and function like a natural tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer many distinct advantages, including:

  • No slippage or movement along the gums
  • Requires no messy pastes or dental adhesives
  • Improved ability to bite, chew, and speak
  • Eliminates many of the drawbacks associated with traditional dentures
  • Replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth
  • No food restrictions
  • No additional maintenance is required aside from regular brushing and flossing routines
  • With the proper care, results are often permanent

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

During your initial consultation, our experienced dentist will evaluate your oral structures and talk with you about the dental implant procedure. Ideal candidates for dental implants must have a sufficient amount of bone density in the area of the missing tooth (or teeth), as this will be necessary for successful accommodation of the implant. Individuals who are interested in this procedure must also be in reasonably good general health; those who have certain medical conditions and patients who are actively being treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy may not be eligible for dental implants. If you have periodontal disease at the time of the evaluation, it should not preclude you from obtaining dental implants; however, it will need to be treated beforehand.

There have been many advances in the field of implant dentistry over the last few decades, and many individuals who have been told previously that they did not qualify as candidates for this procedure may actually qualify today. Our dentist can help you determine whether dental implants are right for your needs and goals. If you are not a candidate for this procedure, options such as implant-supported dentures or dental bridges can often serve as effective alternatives.

What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The dental implant procedure begins with the creation of your customized treatment plan. This may include a Digital Smile Design Mockup of the potential results of the procedure, allowing you to see what the outcome may look like before you even have the treatment. Our dentists utilize state-of-the-art x-ray and imaging technology to create a detailed map of your oral structures, which helps them achieve the most precise and accurate implant placement possible. The titanium implant will be delicately placed in the area of the missing tooth and anchored to the jawbone. Over the next few months, the implant should fuse to the bone, becoming a secure and stable foundation for the permanent dental crown. Once the fusion process is complete, the custom dental crown will be affixed to the top of the implant post. After the crown is given a final polish, you can walk out of our office with a beautifully renewed smile!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Since dental implants are designed to mimic the properties of an actual tooth and become a permanent part of your mouth, the results from treatment should last for decades. With that in mind, it is important to take care of them and follow regular oral hygiene routines in order to maintain excellent dental health.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implant procedures are completely customized for each patient’s unique needs; therefore, the total cost of the procedure varies from one individual to another. The number of implants required, materials and laboratory fees, the overall complexity of the treatment, whether sedation dentistry techniques were utilized, and other factors will be taken into account for the final cost. Recent estimates place the general cost range of dental implants between $3,000 and $6,000; however, as noted above, many factors go into an individual’s treatment plan and the price will ultimately depend on the particulars of each patient’s procedure.

Dr. Vence and his entire dental team firmly believe in providing patients with upfront cost estimates so they will know what to expect. Once your treatment program is created, a member of our staff will produce an estimate that compiles all of the expenses associated with dental implants into one overall price. At this time, we can also talk with you about the variety of payment methods we accept here at Vence Dentistry, as well as dental financing options available through our practice. We work with reputable agencies such as Lending Club and CareCredit®, which offer flexible payment plans to qualified applicants that enable them to pay for their procedure in ways that fit their budget.

We invite you to contact Vence Dentistry with any questions you may have about dental implants. One of our friendly dental professionals will be happy to talk more with you about this procedure, or assist you with scheduling a dental implant consultation.