Dental Implants

Losing multiple teeth can be a traumatic experience. Regardless of how the loss occurred, large, visible gaps between teeth lends to insecurity and health issues related to mastication (your ability to chew). Everyone wants to be secure with their smile and outward appearance when encountering others in social situations of varying consequence, and for that reason you should consider consulting with Dr. Gary Moore of Stetson Hills for all your dental implant needs.

Read on to find out more about this state-of-the-art procedure!

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal-based roots comprised of titanium metal that are secured to your jaw and capped with dental crowns to make up for missing teeth. Titanium is often the metal of choice because it is not rejected by your body and can last for many, many years due to its strength. To ensure that your mouth accepts the titanium metal, Dr. Moore may recommend that you undergo a trial period of having it secured to your jaw before finishing the procedure by capping the rod with a porcelain tooth. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with a temporary tooth that will prevent you from damaging the titanium rod as well as your mouth from biting down on it.

We understand that this sounds like a complicated and daunting procedure. However, Dr. Gary Moore is an excellent practitioner with more than two decades of experience. He uses cutting edge technology to ensure precise implementation, and takes pride in his ability to foster a safe, comforting environment alongside a staff who will put you at ease throughout the course of your visits with us.

What’s Entailed in a Dental Implant Procedure?

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you better understand what’s involved in a dental implant procedure. Here at Stetson Hills, we believe that a firm knowledge of what’s to be expected makes for a more pleasant experience for both parties.

  • Complete numbness of the area being implanted is achieved via local anesthetic.
  • Dr. Moore than creates a precise incision over the area of the gum where the implant will be secured.
  • A state-of-the-art drill is then used to create space for the implant.
  • The titanium implant is secured to the bone beneath your gum, at which point a second component is then attached to help facilitate the healing process.
  • The incision is then stitched up so that the implant may attach to the bone over the next few months.

Following this initial procedure, you will undergo the following final set of steps to ensure that the implant is secure and appears symmetrical with the rest of your teeth:

  • Over the course of several appointments, Dr. Moore will make accurate impressions of your implant and surrounding teeth to make sure that you the crown secured to the implant fits perfectly.
  • The implant is extended via another incision so that there is enough room to implement the crown. This portion of the process also allows Dr. Moore to determine if the titanium has been accepted by your body.
  • Finally, after the crown has been made, it is secured to the extended implant.
  • Alterations may occur in order to ensure that the implant and accompanying crown fit and look good amidst the surrounding teeth.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Here at Stetson Hills, we’re proud to offer affordable dental services with financing options and cost-cutting payment services. At any given time you can check with us for free consultations, X-rays, and specials. We work closely with manufacturers which allows us to provide lower costs to our patients than other dentists in the area.

Right now you can receive a dental implant for $2195, which includes an abutment and porcelain crown. You also receive a 3D Cat Scan, post-op visits, and medical evaluation for that price. It’s important to note that some dental insurance policies cover the cost of dental implants, so check with your provider to see if your insurance plan offers dental implant coverage.

Choose the Experts at Stetson Hills

If you’re looking for top-notch dental implant technology and precise implementation of that technology, look no further than Dr. Gary Moore of Stetson Hills. He has over two decades of cosmetic dentistry experience, having received his doctorate from the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University. He and his staff have hundreds of hours of continuing education courses and will help make your visit to Stetson Hills comfortable and enjoyable. We pride ourselves in our expertise and kindness. For more information, please don’t hesitate to set up a free consultation!

Dental Implants: Types, Benefits, Drawbacks, and Costs

Everyone knows the captivating and enticing effect of a dazzling smile. Who doesn’t want one? If you’re one of those unfortunate enough to have missing or severely damaged teeth, then you might have considered getting dental implants to reclaim your killer grin and your self-confidence. Dental implants have revolutionized the field of cosmetic dentistry in the last three decades. Advancements in technology have given rise to implants that are almost indistinguishable from real teeth and, today, almost every famous celebrity smile has at least one.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal frames that are strategically inserted into the jawbone where replacement teeth are needed in a process called osseointegration. There, dental implants serve as the roots of missing teeth. Implants are the popular option for filling in the gaps left by missing teeth because they look and function just like the real thing.

What are the types of dental implants?

The kind of dental implant that will be used depends on the structure of the jawbone it will be inserted into. The three types of dental implants are:

  • Root form dental implants

This is the most common type of dental implant. Root form dental implants are recommended for those with deep and wide jawbones. When a patient has a short and narrow jawbone, he or she will need to undergo bone grafting before the root form dental implant is fitted. Root form dental implants are like screws shaped to look like the root of a tooth. They are inserted directly into the jawbone, beneath the gums. After the surgical procedure to fit the implant is completed and after the three to six month healing process, the implant is exposed and an abutment is affixed.

  • Plate form dental implants

When the jawbone is too short or too narrow for a root form dental implant, plate form dental implants are used. These implants are long and flat, and are placed directly on top of the jawbone, under the gums. Bone and tissue eventually grow around and affix this type of implant to the bone. Similar to the root form dental implant, the plate form implant is surgically attached. After the healing process, an abutment is affixed and then, later on, the replacement tooth or crown is fastened to the abutment.

  • Subperiosteal dental implants

These are recommended when the jawbone is too short or not wide enough for the first two types of implants. When there is not enough jawbone, an implant must be custom-made for the patient. This custom-made implant, when attached to the jawbone, increases its surface area and serves as an artificial jawbone itself.

What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

Though dental implant procedures can be painful and troublesome, patients forget all about it when they see how much the implants improve their physical appearance. Dental implants look just like real teeth, unlike dentures and bridges which are often noticeably fake.

Dental implants are also invaluable to those affected by speech defects as a result of poorly fitted dentures. Dentures are the less expensive and less laborious option for getting those pearly whites, but when they are not made well, they can result in unclear speech and mumbling. With dental implants, not only will you have gorgeous white teeth, you will also regain the ability to speak to people with confidence.

Because dental implants allow you to reach in between your teeth much easier, you will develop better oral hygiene and avoid tooth decay. Dental implants also help preserve tooth tissues that are lost when teeth are cut for bridgework.

People who get dental implants are able to eat easily and without much effort. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to take your implants out and put them back in whenever you need to eat something tough. You don’t have to avoid eating certain types of food. In this sense, they are just like real teeth. They provide the same chewing force as natural teeth and, when done by a competent dentist, should stay anchored to your jaw bone permanently.

What are the drawbacks of getting dental implants?

Dental implant procedures are almost always successful. Current statistics peg the risk of complications at less than 5%. However, as with any form of surgery, there are risks involved. Common complications from getting dental implants include infection or peri-implantitis, incomplete bone fusion, anesthesia-related problems, sinus issues, and mechanical fractures.

Though the risk of complications is low, it should be noted that problems can still arise up to 16 years after getting the dental implant. And though it rarely happens, dental implants can be rejected. When this occurs, the implant is replaced with one that is slightly larger. Implant failure usually occurs when the patient is a diabetic or a smoker.

Aside from these, getting dental implants is a big commitment. It requires frequent visits to your dentist, who will monitor the healing process over the course of almost a year. The procedure itself is time-consuming. Each dental implant requires at least two surgeries, with a minimum of three months’ healing time in between. If you are getting multiple dental implants, the whole process can take several years. And each time you undergo the procedure, there will be lots of pain, swelling, and discomfort afterwards.

Last but not least, dental implants are expensive.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of getting dental implants varies greatly, depending on where you are having the procedure done and on what your dentist’s professional fee is. For a dental implant on a single tooth, you can be charged somewhere between $1,000 and $4,000. The median cost for a dental implant is $2,500. Given that the procedure runs smoothly and that you won’t need additional dental repairs, getting a whole mouth of dental implants will set you back around $25,000. In the event that you need additional dental work such as an extraction or some bone grafting with your dental implant procedure, you might run up a bill of about $100,000. Health insurance may or may not cover these costs.

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