A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental crown, bridge or denture. Titanium has been successfully used in many areas of reconstructive medicine because it naturally bonds to the bone and strengthens it.
Titanium forms a very strong bond with the surrounding bone and the implant acts like the root of a natural tooth. This resemblance to normal tooth anatomy makes implants the gold standard for replacing a missing tooth (or a series of missing teeth).
For people where most or all the teeth are missing, several implants can be placed, to which a full or partial denture can be secured. This process is called Hybrid 4.
Why are dental implants used?
The purpose of a dental implant is to replace the missing tooth root. Once the implant has bonded to the bone, which usually takes a couple of months, it is as strong as a natural tooth root. Then, to restore your smile to a natural appearance, a crown or bridge is secured to the implant.
Gum disease, accidents and smoking are some of the most common causes that lead to tooth loss. In addition to making people feel self-conscious about their appearance and smile, missing teeth can also affect your oral health.
When one or more teeth are missing, teeth on either side of the space can begin to move out of alignment and become crooked. Another consequence of missing teeth can be the loss of jawbone density. This is because the tooth root, which helps keep the bone strong and healthy, is missing.
What are the different types of implants available?
There are mainly two types of dental implants: conventional and immediate. The main difference is that with conventional implants, they can heal for three to six months before being loaded with a prosthesis, while immediate implants are loaded literally in the same visit as the implant is placed.
Immediate dental implants are an attractive option, but they are not suitable for everybody. The main determining factors for eligibility are bone density and whether multiple implants are being placed and splinted together. In fact, bone density is so important to the success of dental implants, that bone-grafting surgery may be required prior to placement of an implant, to increase bone density.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price of dental implants is dependent on a number of variables, for example, whether or not bone-grafting surgery is required, how many implants are being placed, how the implants are being placed and how many teeth will be impacted or need to be removed.
Other factors to consider include the level of qualifications of the dentist who performs the procedure and the dental implants being used.
If you’re interested in dental implants, Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine offers free consultations for the purpose of answering your questions and providing a written quote, detailing a dental treatment plan. A consultation, examination and 3D CT scan are essential to obtain a quote and properly asses each individual’s oral health.
At Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine, Dr. Thomas Gonzales has 43 years of dental implant experience so you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality care. For a full discussion of tooth replacement options and a more accurate estimate of dental implants costs for your particular case, contact our Irvine dental office today for a free consultation.