Dental Implants in DuPont
Replace Missing Teeth Beautifully
For patients who have lost one or more natural teeth, there are several successful options for replacement available here at Dupont Family Dentistry. Although every person’s individual preferences and needs are different, our doctors are likely to recommend dental implants as the optimal choice because of their exceptional longevity and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Please schedule your very own implant consultation and comprehensive dental exam at our DuPont location today and bring any questions for our dedicated staff members.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Why are dental implants better than other options such as a bridge or denture? By replacing a missing tooth from root to crown, an implant is the most lifelike tooth replacement available today. With a strong and stable implant, you’ll be able to eat all of your favorite foods, smile on cue without embarrassment and speak clearly and confidently. All the while, your prosthetic will remain firmly in place.
Furthermore, having an implant in your jawbone to stand in for a tooth root helps to support your natural facial structure. When you are missing a tooth, there is no root to stimulate new bone tissue growth. Consequently, your jaw can begin to shrink, making your face look sunken and older. This can even happen with a denture or partial that only sits on top of your gums.
With an implant, however, circulation and nutrients are drawn to the site every time you bite down or chew. This is critical to maintaining your natural jaw shape, so you look younger and avoid jawbone deterioration.
And unlike other prosthetics that must often be attached to other teeth in order to remain in place, dental implants are stand-alone devices.
A bridge necessitates mounting crowns on two teeth, while a removable partial must be attached to adjacent teeth in order to stay securely in place.
Finally, the 98 percent success rate for dental implants can’t be beat. Brush and floss your teeth daily and you can look forward to dental implants lasting a lifetime.Learn More about the Benefits of Dental Implants
How Do Dental Implants Work?
After we have determined with a consultation that implants are the right choice for your unique smile, the first step of your treatment will be the surgical placement of the implant(s) within the jawbone. An implant is surgically positioned in a small opening that your dentist makes in the jawbone. Once this is completed, the patient will need to undergo a healing period. During this period, nature will take over as your tissue and bone begin to gradually bond with the implants and create a solid, durable foundation that will support the placement of custom-made restorations.
Once the patient’s mouth is fully healed, they will return to our DuPont practice so that our doctors can design high-quality, personalized restorations that will attach over the implants and recomplete your smile. Several options are available for this important process, and we will be happy to help you determine the one that fits your personal situation best. For example, an individual implant is best restored by an all-ceramic dental crown that will not negatively affect surrounding healthy teeth. If several implants/teeth are in need of restoration, an implant-retained denture or bridge can provide more extensive and cost-effective coverage. No matter what we decide on, our goal is always to leave the patient with a much-improved smile that is naturally beautiful, functional and confident once more.
Indications for Dental Implants
Millions of people enjoy the benefits of dental implants and chances are you can, too! Whether you need to replace a single tooth or a whole row of teeth, there is an implanted prosthetic that can restore your complete smile.
Missing Single Tooth
If you are missing one tooth, the dentist and his team can position a single implant to support an implant-retained crown. This implant will be positioned to take advantage of the greatest bone density where you need it most.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are dealing with several missing teeth, then an implant-retained bridge may be the ideal solution. At least two implants will be required at both ends of the bridge for good support. Once in place, the bridge will blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Missing All Teeth
If you are missing all of your teeth along your top or bottom arch, then perhaps you should consider an implant-retained denture. With this, you’ll enjoy all the beauty of a natural looking denture and the security of dental implants.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
People will tell you that dental implants are so much more expensive than a partial or full denture. The truth is that over the long run, dental implants may actually end up costing less than other treatment options for missing teeth. More than likely, you will need to repair and eventually replace a bridge or denture. On the other hand, dental implants that are cared for well with good hygiene can last for several decades. So while your initial investment for dental implants may be more, the dividends pay off for years and years. Moreover, if you have dental insurance, you may have coverage for a portion of the cost. Be sure to check your plan.