Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether to replace it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avert the cost to replace it and save some money? Actually, there are several important reasons to replace a back tooth with a permanent dental implant if possible:
1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.
If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can influence the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.
2. The underlying bone will eventually loosen.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone pulls back. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decrease in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
3. There will be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.
At Your Time Dental, we understand the importance of having a healthy and beautiful smile. Our team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your desired results. We believe that dental implants are an excellent investment for your oral health and can provide long-lasting benefits. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of dental implants and how they can improve your quality of life.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that provides a foundation for a new tooth or a set of teeth. They are made of titanium, a lightweight and durable metal that is biocompatible with the body. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone over time. When the implant is stable, a customized crown is attached to the top of the implant to complete the restoration.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular choice for tooth replacement because they offer many benefits. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, implants provide a permanent solution that looks and feels like your natural teeth. Dental implants can also help preserve the natural structure of your jawbone and prevent bone loss. Additionally, implants can improve your speech, ability to chew, and overall comfort.
The Implant Process
The process of receiving dental implants typically takes several months and involves multiple appointments. During your first appointment, our team will evaluate your oral health and determine if you are a candidate for implants. If you are a candidate, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and take impressions of your teeth to create a customized crown. We will also schedule the surgical placement of the implant into your jawbone.
After the implant is placed, you will need to wait several months for the implant to fuse with the bone before the crown can be attached. During this time, we will provide you with temporary teeth to ensure that you can chew and speak comfortably.
At Your Time Dental, we understand that the decision to get dental implants can be intimidating. However, our team of experienced dental professionals is here to guide you through every step of the process. We believe that dental implants are a valuable investment in your oral health and overall quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to the adjacent teeth like a dental bridge. The post replaces the tooth root and is anchored where the tooth root used to be. When the post fuses with the bone, the dentist attaches an abutment and then a crown for the visible portion of the tooth.
It’s important to understand that a tooth implant involves several elements:
The post (screw)
So, how much does a dental implant cost?
Give me a rough estimate….
In Florida, you can expect to pay from $1,000 to $3,000 for one implant (the post that is screwed in).
Then there is the abutment (connector piece) and crown. These components could cost from $900 to $3,000.
This would bring the total price from $1900 to north of $5,000.
Remember, this is for ONE post, abutment, and crown.
What if I need a whole bunch of implants?
Some people spend between $20,000 and $50,000 for a total mouth reconstruction.
Implants seem really costly…
An implant procedure is an oral surgery. It requires a consultation and additional visits. It requires X-rays and impressions. You might need bone grafting to augment the bone where the implant will be placed.
There are indirect expenses as well…
Your dentist will pick up the components from a dental supplier. The dental crown is custom-made in a lab. Dental laboratories have pricey equipment. They employ professionals who are specially trained.
Consider your dentist’s schooling. Just one year of dental school costs between $30,000 and $70,000… (Don’t forget, your dentist earned an undergraduate degree before attending dental school.)
Your dentist employs a team of professionals. A dental office must buy and maintain expensive equipment and supplies.
According to the American Dental Association, it costs at least $500,000 to open a dental practice. The yearly overhead can run over $200,000.
Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Some Florida dental insurance carriers cover dental implant procedures. Some only cover the crown portion. Others don’t cover any portion of the procedure. It’s unfortunate that more dental insurers don’t cover implants. They are cheaper over the long run. They preserve bone. They don’t require removing tooth structure like dental bridges. They don’t have as many complications as dental bridges.
Talk to your provider. If your insurance company doesn’t cover them, or if you don’t have dental insurance, meet with us about financing.
Permanent dental implants are costly. No doubt about it.