Illustrations of different configurations of dental implants to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants 101

May 25, 2022 6:35 pm

Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Custom crowns are then attached on the top of the implant to complete the patient’s tooth replacement.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Due to their numerous benefits, dental implants are the preferred tooth-replacement method for many patients. For example, they help maintain the natural shape of a patient’s face and the health of their jawbone. They are also stable, durable, and easy to clean and maintain. These aspects make implants feel less like dental restorations and more like real teeth.

How Are Implants Placed?

First, you’ll have a consultation to make sure you have healthy gums and a supportive jawbone. If implants are right for you, the next step will involve surgically placing the titanium implant in your jawbone.

A combination of dental sedation and local anesthetic will be used to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. After an incision is made in the gums and a small hole is created in the jawbone, then the implant can be placed.

Over the next few weeks, an important process called osseointegration will occur. This process fuses the implant with the jawbone to provide a firm support for your artificial tooth. Once the implant has fully fused with the bone, an implant crown can be attached. The crown will mimic the appearance of the surrounding teeth.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants are among the more expensive tooth replacement methods. However, they are considered a great investment due to their longevity and natural look and feel. Bolivar Smiles Dentistry accepts CareCredit® financing to help make dental implants an affordable reality for you. This financial option splits your dental expenses into affordable monthly payments.

So, are you interested in restoring your smile with one or more implants? Our team will do everything we can to help you achieve a beautiful, complete smile! Please contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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