Dentistry currently has many components and procedures that were not available even 5 years ago. We can do many things to save teeth. These include root canals, deep cleaning the roots, and surgery on the gums. Many of these procedures are performed in our office while some are done in a dental specialist’s office with whom we work closely. Even with all the tools available, sometimes saving a tooth is not possible. This post will describe the option of replacing a missing tooth with an implant.
An implant is simply a titanium screw placed in the jaw where the root of the missing tooth used to be. After a 3-6 month healing period, a new tooth can be constructed on the implant. That tooth will look and function like a natural tooth.
Here in our office, we are in the process of completing an externship training us to place the metal screw. We have restored or placed the crown on implants placed by surgeons for years. We are now able to do everything in our office in many cases.
The most common question we get about implants is cost. Anytime you are replacing teeth there is a significant cost involved. The advantage of using an implant to replace a tooth is your treatment can be staged. For example, placing the implant via surgery is a certain cost. Since you need to wait at least 3 months to place the tooth on the implant, then you have time before another cost is incurred. You do not pay for the whole treatment at once. Also, 3 months is minimal. In most cases, you can wait if needed before you restore the implant.
The above descriptions simply scratch the surface in what is available with implants. We can replace teeth that have been missing for many years and teeth that have been missing a few weeks. We can replace one tooth with a crown or the whole upper or lower with a denture over the implants. Ask us anytime about our options and our training to complete the process from start to finish. And, thank you for reading this post. As always, we welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing you in the office soon.