Implants are prosthetic teeth that are considered the most similar in experience to organic teeth and they provide over 500,000 Americans each year with a smile they can feel good about. We will be going over what you need to know about dental implants so you can determine if they are right for you. At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want everybody to feel comfortable with their prosthetic tooth needs.
Implants - How They Provide a Realistic Experience
Fitting dental implants is a relatively lengthy process that pays off in the end. They provide the closest experience to natural teeth and can potentially last a lifetime after installation.
How implants are able to achieve all this comes down to how they interact with your jaw. Implants are created from titanium and are surgically inserted into the jawbone for maximum stability. What happens after this process is what ultimately creates a realistic prosthetic tooth experience. The jawbone will essentially fuse with the implants making them a part of the jaw - thus, you will be able to accurately feel when biting and chewing. You can get implants to replace a single tooth all the way up to replacing an entire set of teeth with All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants.
The process overall can take a few months to complete to allow the implants to fuse with the jaw before the porcelain prosthetic teeth are fitted. Once the entire procedure is completed, you can expect decades of usage. Do keep in mind that implants require cleaning just like real teeth for them to last!
How Much Do Implants Cost?
Depending on your surgical provider, a portion of the total cost can be covered. A single tooth implant can cost around $3,500 while All-on-4’s can cost $20,000. These prices are incredibly variable, so they could be either lower or higher depending on a number of factors.
There are instances where implants are competitive with alternatives. If you are replacing only one tooth, they can make sense financially over bridges due to their durability, similar pricing, and more realistic feeling experience.
Comparing Dentures To Implants
Implants and dentures are often compared because they essentially serve the same purpose but in different ways. Dentures are removable by the user and are not surgically fitted. They are significantly less expensive than implants when comparing upfront costs, but they may not have the lifespan of implants depending on if they become damaged due to dropping them and/or lower-quality materials are used. Implants cost more upfront, but there is more security when it comes to durability and lifespan. The experience of using implants is the main advantage at the end of the day and thus it is for you to decide if the procedure and pricing are right for you.
When it comes to helping patients choose what is right for them, we at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness want everyone to be satisfied with their mouths. That is why we will work with you as much as we can to help you with a final decision. If you are interested in taking the next steps towards a smile you can feel proud of, you can contact our office at 704-629-8081.