Are you considering getting dental implants but are worried about the cost of getting dental implants? Today’s blog goes over the must-know items when considering dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants as artificial teeth that are implanted into the jaw bone. These implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. These implants act just like natural teeth and allow the wearer to live their normal life. Success rates of our Duluth dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, Duluth dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
The Types of Dental Implant
Fixing a single tooth: Choose a Single Dental Implant
If you are missing a single tooth, one dental implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root (as shown in the picture below). This procedure is relatively quick and can be done in less than a few hours. This process allows the patient the ability to have a perfect smile without the gap.
Fixing several Teeth: Choose an implant-supported bridge
The second type of dental implant is an implant-supported bridge. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Furthermore, a bridge is made up of two or more crowns on either side of the gap and helps create a structure for your teeth. Like the single tooth implant, the implant-supported bridge procedures take a few hours to complete leaving patients with perfect teeth.
Fixing all of your teeth: Choose implant-supported dentures
An implant-supported denture is the last of our implant procedures. This procedure can be used to replace multiple teeth missing throughout the mouth or even an entire row of teeth. It works by placing surgical-grade titanium posts directly into the jawbone to restore the root structure of the lost teeth. The structure is then attached to ball-shaped metal connectors called abutments that show above the gum line. Then, a partial or full denture can be placed onto these abutments to give a person their full smile back.
The Impact of Dental Implants:
Implants can change a person’s life, boost their confidence, and help them regain much of what they have been missing out on life. Most implants can last up to 30 years, and act just like normal teeth allowing the user to eat any food that they please. Below you can see a before and after picture of a patient that had the implant procedure done.
The Woodland Family Dental’s Implant Process
1: Consultation And Treatment Planning
- The procedure to replace multiple missing teeth with dental implants can differ depending on your individual case. Our team will consult with you to determine the best plan for your situation and prepare you for the upcoming procedure and recovery period. Furthermore, we make sure that you are informed and comfortable each step of the way.
2: Same Day Implant Placement
- Placing multiple dental implants is a relatively minor procedure and can sometimes only require local anesthesia. If needed, our team can use sedation to ensure you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. During the procedure, multiple titanium fixtures will be placed in the jaw leaving surrounding natural teeth intact.
3: 3-6 Month Recovery Time
- The healing and recovery time can take anywhere from three to six months, depending on how your body responds. This time allows the implant to integrate into the bone. Once your implants are fully integrated into the jawbone, you’ll see your regular dentist to then have the implants restored by placing abutments and an implant-supported bridge.
The Cost of Dental Implants:
On the surface, dental implants look incredibly expensive, especially when they are compared to other tooth-replacement methods. However, dentures and bridges, the two alternatives, typically have to be repaired or replaced every 5 to 10 years. The cost of this regular maintenance may quickly outstrip the costs of simply turning to implants, which can last a lifetime (so long as you care for them properly). They also prevent your jawbone from deteriorating—dentures and bridges can’t do that.
As your jaw deteriorates, your face shape will change. You’ll start to look older. Moreover, your existing teeth will start to grow loose. The jawbone provides the structure that holds your teeth’s roots in place. Once it’s gone, you’ll lose your other teeth as well. Keeping the rest of your teeth in your mouth is priceless.
On average a person could be looking at spending anywhere from $3,500 for a single tooth all the way upwards of $60,000 – $90,000 for the complete upper or lower portion to be completed. This varies drastically as every scenario is different based on many factors including location, difficulty, and experience.
At Woodland Family Dental we believe in honest pricing. For that reason, our prices are at a price that more people can afford and are showcased below.
Who is Woodland Family Dental?
Woodland Family Dental is one of Duluth, Minnesota’s top family dental offices. with over 50 five-star reviews on Google and Facebook, our team makes it our mission to provide the best dentistry for anyone that needs it. Our experienced team of dentists offers a wide array of dental services including general cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Woodland Family Dental is here to help you with your dental needs. Not to mention our great location on Miller Trunk Highway right next to the mall in Duluth, Minnesota. Woodland Family Dental cares about helping our patients and accepts almost all insurances. Set up an appointment today and see why so many families love us. Additionally, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date, get more tips, and learn about what our team is up to.