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Obviously, if you had a choice, you would keep your natural teeth forever. Sadly, this isn’t always possible, but if you do end up losing a tooth, a dental implant is the next best thing. Thanks to the fact that it can replace the root of a missing tooth as well as the crown, implant-supported prosthetics resemble natural teeth as closely as possible, putting them a step above traditional forms of tooth replacement. To set up an in-person implant consultation with Dr. Ponnaganti, please contact us today.
Dental implants, by themselves, are small posts shaped like screws. They’re normally made out of titanium, but some are composed of zirconium. In either case, they can fuse with the bone in your jaw through a process called osseointegration. After your mouth has fully recovered from this process, your implants will be able to support a restoration in order to replace any number of teeth. Unlike other forms of tooth replacement that occasionally need to be replaced, dental implants are considered permanent.
Your jaw must have an adequate amount of bone density to support implants, and your gums must be free of disease. Both of these issues can be treated before moving forward with dental implant surgery. The process itself can vary significantly depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
As you can probably guess, one dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth. It will take a few months for the implant post to join with the bone once it has been placed in your mouth, but once it has, we can restore it with a personalized dental crown.
The advantage of using dental implants is that we can replace multiple teeth with a conservative number of posts. For example, we can use a pair of dental implants to support a dental bridge, which can be used to replace three or more teeth that were all in a row.
If you’ve lost all of your teeth, full dentures are naturally what you’ll think of first. But did you know that you don’t have to get removable false teeth? Dental implants can be used to permanently secure your dentures in place, making them more reliable and decreasing the risk of them moving at the wrong time.
Many dentists refer their patients to separate specialists for the surgical portion of dental implant treatment, which leads to increased travel times and unfamiliar settings. That’s why we’re happy to offer every stage of this transformative process right here in-office with the same team you already know and trust. This comprehensive approach is convenient and comfortable without cutting corners on quality.
The dental implant process consists of several stages. After the mouth has been properly prepared, surgery is performed to insert the implant posts into your jaw. You’ll receive a restoration once your mouth has fully recovered from the surgery and your dental implant has fully integrated with the jawbone. Dr. Ponnaganti can complete all of these steps at Happy Smiles so that you can enjoy the benefits of being treated by the same team throughout the process.
Not all patients will end up paying the same price for their dental implants. The cost can vary depending on whether you’re replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch. The type of preparations required also need to be taken into account. We’ll be sure to have an accurate estimate for you before moving ahead with the process. Remember that getting dental implants is a long-term investment in a beautiful new smile that will last for decades.
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