Do I need to replace my missing tooth?
It is important to replace any of your missing teeth. Not only will you be embarrassed to smile, but it can also lead to more issues. A missing tooth will cause your teeth shift towards the gap. This can cause issues with your bite and painful TMJ disorders. People with missing teeth also have a greater chance of suffering from gum disease, tooth decay and additional tooth loss. Dr. Srikureja, a Montclair, CA dentist, will recommend using dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a biocompatible titanium post that is placed into the jawbone. Secured to the implant will be the dental restoration. For patients missing just one tooth, a single implant will be placed and a dental crown will be secured to it. For multiple missing teeth, anywhere from two to eight implants may be placed and a dental bridge, partial denture or denture will be secured to them. The type of restoration and number of implants you will need depends on the location and number of missing teeth.
How long does the process take?
The process to have your implant secured restoration placed can take up to nine month and sometimes longer if you need significant dental worked completed before having the implants surgically placed. After the implant(s) are placed, they will need time to fuse with the surrounding bone and heal. This can take up to three to six months. Next, the abutment will be attached to the implant and impressions will be taken and used to fabricate your dental restoration. About two to three weeks later, the final restoration will be placed.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Most people qualify for dental implants and there is not a maximum age limit. Essentially, you need to be healthy enough for surgery and have sufficient bone structure to support the implant. For people who suffer from bone loss, Dr. Srikureja may recommend bone grafting to ensure the success of your dental implants.
How will dental implants benefit my oral health?
When compared to other dental restorations, dental implants are the best option for your oral health. Implants are the only option available that replace the tooth at the root. This will prevent bone loss and all the negative effects of that. They are also more durable allowing the patient to eat a more healthy diet with little restrictions. Implants also do not require healthy teeth to be reduced like a tooth-supported dental bridge does.
How long do dental implants last?
If you choose to get dental implants, you must be committed to a good oral hygiene habits for the rest of your life to ensure their longevity. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and visiting our Montclair, CA dentist office every six months. With proper care, your implants can last a lifetime.
How much do dental implants cost?
The industry average cost for an implant secured dental crown is around $4,000. This is the total cost of the entire process including the surgical placement of the implant, the abutment, the crown, and all the appointments involved. This is for a single missing tooth and the cost will go up for multiple missing teeth.
Learn More About Dental Implants