Achieve Healthy and Natural Appearance with Dental Implants
Dental implants are the closest possible replacement to healthy and natural teeth. They are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone and are shaped similar to screws. They bond with the natural bone in the jaw to create a strong base for artificial teeth known as crowns. Modern dental implants have been in use for over 30 years, due to their functionality and ability to make teeth function and look as natural as possible. Due to the fact that dental implants are the only form of dental restoration that preserves natural bone, over 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that grows annually. Another benefit to dental implants is that they actually stimulate the growth of the bone and preserve the bone from future damage to prevent bone loss.
Since they help create an artificial tooth so similar to natural teeth, dental implants improve your ability to chew food and eat. In many cases, dental implants are actually considered stronger than natural teeth and are able to hold up to the wear and tear that teeth face on a daily basis. Treatment typically takes a total of six months from start to finish when bone grafting is needed. After treatment is completed you will be able to enjoy all your favorite foods and drinks with ease.
What Is It?
A smile and teeth are one of the first things people notice when they see you. Dental implants improve the appearance of teeth, creating a better smile. Patients found that dental implants improved their self-confidence because of how natural they looked and felt.
With any dental procedure, fear is how much pain and discomfort you will feel throughout the procedure and afterward. Dental implants involve little discomfort, much less than a tooth extraction. Our experienced staff always works hard to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our patients who will be receiving dental implants. We are trained to provide general methods of anesthesia in addition to intravenous anesthesia.
A concern that a lot of patients have is how much dental implants will cost and if their insurance will cover the procedure. Dental implants are generally not covered by most dental insurances but more insurance companies see the need for dental implants and are increasing the level of coverage to accommodate the growing interest. In some cases, even if the insurance company does not pay for the dental implants themselves they will cover the cost of the artificial teeth that are placed on top of the dental implants. In all cases, we suggest calling your insurance provider to see what level of coverage they will provide for dental implants and associated procedures.
When it comes to dental implants, it is no secret that the procedure can be expensive for some patients. Although single tooth implants cost up to $7500, it is best to consider the implant as a service and not a product. Dental implants are highly advanced medical devices that are placed into the living tissues that contain nerves, blood vessels, and sinuses. Placing the implant is not just a simple procedure, but requires extreme precision. If the implant is off by even a millimeter there can be damage to the surrounding teeth and tissues.
Quality, Lifetime Service
Dental implants, if implanted properly, can last a lifetime for a patient. In order for the implants to last not only do they need to be placed properly, but they need to be sourced from high-quality materials. The cost of these materials can fluctuate, which ultimately affects the final price for the consumer. Considering the precision required to perform this procedure along with the fact that implants can last you a lifetime, the cost seems reasonable for the high-quality service and remarkable results.
Caring About Your Comfort
The cost of dental implants will vary depending on a few factors. First, the location of the dental implant affects the total cost. Often, the jaw bone requires bone grafting, a procedure where the bone is reshaped or added, which incurs additional costs. The number of teeth that need to be replaced and the type of crowns used can also determine costs. In addition to the number of teeth, the type of implants that need to be used will affect the cost. Implants range in size and shape and mini implants can sometimes be used in place of standard implants. Mini implants typically cost $300 to $900 while standard implants cost anywhere between $1800 and $2500. If multiple implants are required, this can also increase the cost.
To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, our staff will evaluate your medical history as well as your lifestyle choices. Patients who engage in heavy smoking and alcohol will decrease their risks of being eligible for implants. Additionally, those who have chronic diseases are also at a decreased risk of eligibility. Generally, patients who are healthy enough to undergo other dental procedures such as tooth extraction are good candidates for dental implants. There are no age restrictions for dental implants.
The closest replacement for your own tooth.
“An implant is the closest thing to a replacement for your own tooth. It is a single tooth fix for a single tooth problem, unlike with a traditional bridge, in which I need to work on the surrounding teeth in addition to the injured tooth. And a bridge typically breaks due to the stress on the adjacent teeth.” – Matthew Mastrorocco, D.M.D.
We are now accepting patients in the Hilton Head and the surrounding Lowcountry areas who are interested in dental implants to come in for a consultation. Call us today at (843) 682-4601 or click to schedule an appointment today!