What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant replaces any missing tooth with a new implant fixture(base) and a porcelain crown. Implants are made from titanium, meaning that when placed in your jawbone they integrate with the existing surrounded bone- just like natural teeth.
You can eat and talk normally with dental implants – unlike dentures – and they will last for decades to come if properly taken care of.
Dental implants are also used to hold full dentures in place. This process makes the dentures feel more secure and comfortable to wear.
Implants stay in your mouth securely, ensuring your speech sounds natural and effortless. This is due to lack of movement and restriction of the tongue in patients wearing dentures.
A dental implant works just like a natural tooth – it makes chewing, swallowing, and eating comfortable and easy.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
They Look and Feel Natural
If you’re missing teeth, dental implants can fill in any gaps, giving you an effortless-looking, natural smile.
They Improve Your Speech
Dental implants ensure your voice projects with a natural, effortless, and confident tone.
They’re More Comfortable
Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t slip, get loose, or become uncomfortable.
Because dental implants fuse directly to your jawbone, they’re built to last - just like natural teeth.
They’re More Convenient Than Dentures
You don’t have to remove dental implants each night – and you don’t have to deal with messy, costly adhesives to keep them in place.
They Improve Your Oral Health
All you have to do to care for your dental implant is treat it like a natural tooth – it doesn’t require additional cleaning or care.
Are Dental Implants a Good Choice for Me?
At your initial visit at MK Dental, we’ll assess your general oral health.
During this initial exam, we will help you decide if bridges, implants, or teeth rehabilitation is your best option before taking the next steps.
At Your First Visit
During your first visit to MK Dental, we’ll perform a general oral exam and help you decide what your best options are (including teeth rehabilitation, bridges, and implants) before we take next steps.
If You Are Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the latest in tooth replacement technology, providing you with a lasting, permanent solution to missing teeth, whether you’re missing one tooth, a few, or need to replace all of them.
The recovery time after the implant procedure is short, too – so you’ll be showing off your smile in no time.
If Your Teeth Are Damaged or Broken
If you have a tooth that cannot be rehabilitated, we made recommend removing it and replacing it with an implant.
However, many teeth that look very damaged can be treated and repaired – we are conservative dentists, and we will only recommend removing a tooth if there is no way at all to save it.
What Happens If I Don’t Replace My Missing Teeth?
Losing teeth is painful and unpleasant. It makes it much harder to eat – and makes a definite impact on your smile. Even if the missing tooth is a back molar, or another tooth that isn’t easy for others to see, you should seriously consider replacing it.
Tooth loss is connected to declines in mental, physical, and oral health. Losing a tooth means that the bone holding your tooth begins to recede, damaging the teeth surrounding it, and changing the teeth arrangement in your mouth. This can lead to your face having a caved-in look and an altered smile.
Even if you lost a tooth – or teeth – years ago, you may still be able to replace it. MK Dental can restore bone that holds your teeth in place, then place crowns or implants as necessary.
How Much Does an Implant Cost?
A typical dental implant costs between $3500 and $5250 depending on what type of implant it is.
If your implant is being installed to hold dentures in place, this procedure costs approximately $2500.
However, to get a precise quote, make an appointment at MK Dental to learn about the best possible treatment for your situation.
Be sure to note:
- If you’ve lost any bone in your mouth, you may need additional bone grafts before a dental implant can be safely installed.
- Dental crowns come in a variety of materials, which can affect the cost of your implant as well. Weaker crowns may last only a few years, while a strong crown can last for decades.
- Tooth extractions can also add to your overall costs, depending on which tooth needs to be removed and how difficult removal is.
- Receiving multiple implants at once may bring down your total costs.
If You Need to Reconstruct Your Entire Mouth:
Reconstructing your entire mouth, if necessary, will require 4-6 implants for each arch.
Your dentist will examine your bone density, size, and shape of your jaw to determine what is needed to replace all of your teeth.
Are Implants Covered by My Insurance?
Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is covered at least partially by many insurers. We work with many major providers to make the most of your coverage and benefits, but be sure to ask your health fund to find out if dental implants are covered.
Are There Payment Plans Available?
MK Dental understands that implants are expensive – that’s why, based on your circumstances and situation, we offer payment plans. Additionally, a completed implant procedure often takes many months, meaning that your payments aren’t all due at once. To find out about possible financing options, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Are Implants Made of?
Titanium – the strongest, longest-lasting, most natural material for tooth replacement available.
Do Replacement Teeth Look Natural?
Your dental implant is capped with a crown, which fills in any gaps in your smile. Crowns are available in a variety of different materials, all of which look and feel different. We recommend you speak to your dentist to discuss your options.
How Long Will My Implants Last for?
When cared for, implants are made to last for a very long time. Implant crowns will last a long time depending on what materials they are made from.
Can any possible health issues stop me from getting implants?
Generally healthy people are typically eligible to receive implants. In certain situations, you can be disqualified for surgery by a medical condition. When you see your dentist, they will make a recommendation based on your medical history and condition. Your bone condition can also affect your eligibility for a dental implant.
What Happens if My Body Doesn’t React Well to the Implant?
On rare occasions, patients’ bodies react poorly to implants – if this happens, we will remove your implant and give you time to heal. In most cases, patients are able to undergo the procedure a second time with no issues at all.
How Do I Care for My Implants?
Brushing, flossing, and regular oral check-ups are all that’s needed for most patients to keep their implants clean and healthy for life.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Implants have been a permanent solution for lost teeth for over thirty years.
Is The Procedure Painful?
Many patients feel some discomfort right after surgery – your dentist will discuss pain relief options with you before the procedure.
What Should I Eat After Surgery?
We recommend you avoid putting pressure on your implant immediately after surgery. Instead, stay hydrated and consume soft foods that are easy to chew.
How Long Will My Implant Take to Heal?
After installing your implant, the titanium attaches to your jaw over a period of 3-4 months. After it has bonded completely, we will make and fit a crown connecting it to the implant.
How Long is Implant Surgery?
Your dentist will tell you how long the procedure will be based on how much bone remains in your jaw and how many implants you need.