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We’re Answering Questions about Dental Implants

By: | Sunday, February 28th, 2021 | Dental Implants

Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Tooth loss is an age-old problem for which we now have modern solutions. It is not something that a person has to live with now that there are viable, long-lasting solutions. Today, patients choose from dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants to restore the smile. Dentists often recommend dental implants to patients, and just as many patients ask about this treatment option. Here, we answer questions that often come up during dental implant consultations.

Why are dental implants preferred today?

Dental implants are surgically set into the jawbone. Over a few months, implant posts become encased in bone and will then act as new roots for replacement teeth. This protocol is preferred primarily because it offers significant benefits as compared to traditional treatments. These include:

What’s involved in dental implant treatment?

Dentists may place dental implants in a few different ways. The course of treatment depends on each patient’s dental needs and personal preferences. In some cases, a single procedure can fully restore a missing tooth. In more complex cases, a patient may require multiple smaller procedures over several months. Customizing the treatment plan to the patient is essential for an optimal outcome that can last a lifetime. Generally, dental implant treatment involves the following:

  1. Using a local anesthetic, the dentist numbs the treatment area.
  2. The dentist makes a small incision in the gums to gain access to the jawbone. A small instrument is used to insert the implant. Gum tissue is stitched over the implant so the post can sit undisturbed as it heals.
  3. A temporary denture or bridge may facilitate chewing. Patients may want to make minor dietary changes to prevent excess force on the implant.
  4. The implant integrates into the jawbone over a few months.
  5. Once the implant is embedded into the jawbone, a second procedure is done to attach an abutment to the implant. Gums are stitched around this piece. The abutment ultimately connects the implant to the artificial tooth.
  6. The final procedure in implant treatment attaches the artificial tooth to the abutment.

How Much Does Dental Implant Treatment Cost?

The cost of dental implant treatment varies depending on several factors. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the treatment but typically does not provide complete coverage. For example, the cost of the artificial tooth or teeth may qualify for insurance assistance but dental implants may not. We encourage patients to contact their insurance provider before seeking treatment. In addition to evaluating the up-front costs of dental implant treatment, patients should consider the long-term costs associated with this treatment versus traditional fixtures like dentures. This kind of cost analysis often points to dental implants as the most cost-effective treatment.

Learn more about dental implants. Call our Burke office at (703)-935-2879 today!



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