Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
As a graduate of the year-long USC dental implantology program, Dr. Prilutsky is well-educated and skilled in implant surgery and restoration. His training and experience in the science and clinical applications of implant technology enable him to place implants with a high level of precision and predictability.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays, CBCT 3D scans, and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
Are dental implants expensive?
While dental implants are not inexpensive, they cost roughly as much as a good 3-unit fixed dental bridge that is used traditionally to replace a missing tooth. Another factor to consider is that the total cost of a dental implant is typically divided into several parts. Since the dental implant and its subsequent restoration with an abutment and a crown may take 6 to 8 month and 3-5 visits to complete, the total cost can be divided over those visits. Additionally, we have observed a trend in the last few years of insurance companies often covering at least a portion of the cost.
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