A dental implant consists of a titanium base (artificial root) that is inserted into your jaw. This base will fuse with the jaw as it heals making it permanent. Once it heals an abutment is attached to the base and becomes the support for a crown.
The primary benefits of dental implants are strength and permanence. When you lose a tooth an implant, a bridge, or a denture can all serve the purpose of filling the gap to keep your other teeth from shifting. An implant is the only one of the three that can protect you from bone loss and it is the only permanent fixture of the three.
There is no adjustment to make with an implant as it looks and feels like a natural tooth. A bridge will require the need for adjoining teeth to support it and a partial denture could take some time to get used to.
Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last can use dental implants to replace missing teeth for most patients. However, to get a dental implant, you must have strong bone in your jaw to hold the device in place. If your jaw bone isn’t strong enough, Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last may need to graft the bone before she can place the implant.
Bone grafting is a procedure designed to increase bone mass and strengthen bone before a dental implant procedure. Dr. Kraft and Dr. Last use a special bone grafting material to build up the bone in the jaw. In some cases, she may use a small piece of bone from another part of your body instead.
After the bone grafting procedure, you’ll need to wait several months for complete healing before getting your implant. During this time, Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last will monitor the bone graft to make sure it’s strengthening the bone enough to hold the implant securely in place.
Dental implants are more expensive than most other treatment options, including crowns and bridges. However, they’re also more stable and less likely to need additional treatment in the future.
The exact cost of dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of implants you need and whether bone grafting is required. Some dental insurance policies may cover a portion of the treatment costs.
If you’re interested in dental implants, Dr. Kraft or Dr. Last will prepare a detailed quote of your estimated expenses before you schedule the procedure.
Our office welcomes patients with or without dental insurance. Our insurance and payment coordinator will be happy to assist you in determining what type of benefits are available to you through your insurance plan. Payment arrangements for account balances are due at the time services are rendered, so please bring your insurance card with you to your first visit. We accept many forms of payment, including cash and most major credit cards. You can also speak with our office administrator about flexible payment options available for major dental services. If you have lingering questions concerning the financial aspect of your visit, our office administrators are on-hand during our regular business hours to answer your questions and address your concerns.