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Dental Implants in Bloomfield

senior man smilingUnlike traditional tooth replacement, dental implants restore your tooth from the root up. Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth in a row, or a full arch, dental implants allow you to have permanent teeth that look and feel like your natural smile. There is no need to change your eating habits or oral hygiene routine to accommodate your dental implants.

Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, but our expert dentists are here to help you decide if dental implants are a good option for you. Schedule an implant consultation to find out more.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to dental care, so we will take the time to carefully explain all of your treatment options. Our team does often recommend dental implants over other restoration options for a number of reasons, including:

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  • Replacing both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, dental implants look, feel, and function more like natural teeth than other replacement options.
  • When restorations are anchored to implants, it means people are able to eat a wider range of foods and enjoy greater restoration stability.
  • These restorations can last for two decades or longer, compared with other options that need to be replaced every five to ten years. In fact, implant supported replacement teeth have a success rate of 90 to 95% after 20 years.
  • Completely self-supporting, dental implant supported replacement teeth do not damage remaining healthy teeth and other oral structures, ensuring patients maintain the optimal level of oral health.

Implant Placement

Older woman pointing to flawless smileIf it is determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, our dentists will develop an implant restoration plan with you. On a second visit, your dental implants will be placed. Dental implants (titanium posts) are surgically placed below the gum line to provide an anchor for your replacement teeth just as the root of your tooth did. An abutment connects the implant to your restoration tooth. You and your dentist will determine whether you should place the abutment at the same time as the implant or wait until the implant has time to heal.

After the implant is placed, we will need to allow time for your gums to heal and for the post to fuse with your jawbone. This fusion with the jawbone gives the implant its strength and allows it to support your replacement teeth. The process through which your dental implant and your jaw begin to work together is called osseointegration from the Greek osteon (bone) and Latin integere (to make whole). Once your bone has fused to the post, your doctor will connect the abutment. Once your abutment is in place, we will attach your custom dental restoration.

With regular maintenance, your dental implant can last forever. This is not just a replacement, it is a full restoration that results in a permanent tooth that looks and feels like your own natural tooth.

Restoration of Implants

Dentist showing patient a dental implant modelWhile your dental professional will try to avoid any dental implant complications by pre-screening you for risk factors, some implants are not as successful for a number of reasons. When complications arise with your implants, Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield is here to help you restore the implant, even if we didn’t place it. Our dentists are experts in implantology and have years of training in dental implant placement and restoration.

Some dental professionals will recommend removal of implants if you experience gum recession, implant movement, or implants that become visible through the gums. But as trained implant restoration dentists, we can offer you a personalized treatment plan to restore your implant. In most cases, we can repair the implant with a minor procedure. If you invested the time and money in dental implants so you could have permanent dental replacements, then we want to help you keep your replacement teeth if at all possible.

If you have been advised to remove your dental implants or have noticed changes in your implants that require repair, schedule a consultation with one of our dental implant restoration experts today.

Digital Imaging (X-Rays)

All of our dental practitioners are trained in digital imaging for dental x-rays. Digital x-rays expose patients to significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays, and produce a higher quality, more detailed image.

The 3D images produced by digital imagining scanners allow our dentists to make accurate crowns, same day crowns, Invisalign® alignment trays, and accurate step-by-step procedure plans for complex dental care. Best of all, these images are instantly available to share with our patients, so you are part of the diagnosis and planning process. We are dedicated to the comfort and understanding of our patients, and digital imaging is just another way we provide our patients with superior service and care.

If you are concerned about traditional x-ray technology used by your dentist, want to find out more about same-day crowns, or would like to experience an Invisalign® consultation where you can see the straightening process from start to finish, schedule an appointment with one of our dental practitioners.

The Cost of Dental Implants

Before beginning an advanced treatment plan, you’ll need to work with us to budget for the costs of the procedure. Dental implant restoration is a multi-phase process, and each step of treatment will be billed individually. You may need preparatory tooth extractions or tissue grafts. Then, the implant post will be placed. Over three to six months, the implant fuses with the jawbone. Then, you’ll return to the office, so we can attach the abutment that anchors your tooth replacement to the implant. Next, we design the restoration crown, bridge, or denture, and you’ll return to the office where we’ll attach the custom restoration to the implant posts.

Because we charge for each of these phases of treatment individually, you can plan ahead and split the costs of care into smaller chunks. To help patients further reduce payments for their dental care, we work with third party financiers who can offer low and not interest payment plans for qualifying patients. We understand that the cost of these treatment plans is high, especially for larger tooth replacement prosthetics, but they offer the long lasting, most natural results, making implant supported restorations the ideal solution for almost any patient.

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