Dental implants are an investment that not only replace one or more missing teeth, but also restore your oral health and your confidence.
When you lose a tooth, you also lose a root, and this has an effect on the health of your jawbone. Since dental implants in San Ramon replace both your tooth and root, they protect your oral health by keeping your bone healthy and your surrounding teeth from shifting. There is no other tooth replacement option that offers these benefits. This is an important factor to keep in mind when planning for the cost of dental implants in our San Ramon, CA dental office.
There are two types of dental implants that Dr. Deol may recommend. The most common is called endosteal dental implants. These use a post that is similar to a screw that is placed into your jawbone where it will integrate with your bone and replace your root. After a healing period of several months, an abutment is used to attach a crown to your implant for single tooth replacement.
Subperiosteal dental implants utilize a framework that is placed on top of your bone instead of into it. This option is typically offered to patients who don’t have enough healthy bone structure to support an endosteal dental implant.
When utilizing a standard endosteal dental implant, the first step is to place it into your jawbone. While this sounds like major surgery, it is actually a simple surgical procedure that most patients find to be more comfortable than a tooth extraction.
Next, your bone is given time to heal and integrate fully with your implant. Because it’s made of titanium, it can do this naturally as titanium is a biocompatible material. It may take anywhere from three to six months for your implant to fully fuse with your bone.
Finally, when the healing process is completed, you will have your restoration permanently placed. This might be a porcelain crown for a single tooth replacement, or a dental bridge or denture for replacing multiple teeth.
While the price of dental implants is typically higher than the cost of other tooth replacement options, it is important to look at the benefits that dental implants offer that other choices cannot.
Keeping these facts in mind, it seems that in many cases dental implants may be more cost effective long-term.
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans are not covering the cost of dental implants at this time. However, every plan is different and you may be able to receive some benefit for the restoration for your implant, which would be your crown, bridge, or denture.
If you have questions about your specific benefit, contact our treatment coordinator. Dr. Deol would be happy to discuss dental implants and how they may benefit your unique situation. Contact Oak Ridge Dental today to learn more.
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