Long-Lasting, Natural Appearance
Missing teeth not only ruin your smile but can also lead to serious oral health issues like teeth crowding and misalignment. Dental implants restore the natural look and feel of your teeth while preventing these dental issues from developing.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a dental prosthesis, typically made of metal or porcelain, inserted into the jawbone to support a dental crown matched to the exact shape and color of the surrounding teeth. The result is a false tooth that looks and feels natural while maintaining as much stability as a natural tooth.
Dental implants are permanent, so you don’t need to remove them to clean them– simply brush and floss your implant as your would your natural teeth. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your implant to last up to 25 years!
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I received the finest care. I went into implant surgery and found it to be a blessing. They knew I was nervous but they assured me that it would be fine. I highly recommend Anzalone Periodontics for your dental needs. They are professional and the whole staff is kind. I am well on my way to solving my dental problems with Dr. Anzalone. Thanks!
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A Life Changing Experience with Dr. Anzalone
The material used to create dental implant crowns at Anzalone Periodontics is similar to that of natural teeth. That means our implants both look and feel natural. During the manufacturing process, experts tailor the dental implant crown to match the exact color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Once we place the implant, you may even forget which tooth was replaced. Clean and care for your dental implants as you do the rest of your natural teeth and they’ll maintain their color and shape for decades.
Strength and Durability
Dental implants are supported directly by the jaw bone, giving them exceptional stability and strength. Once we’ve placed your dental implant and you’ve given it enough time to heal, you can treat it like any other tooth. There are no dietary restrictions or special care requirements involved. With proper oral hygiene and maintenance, a dental implant should last up to 25 years.
Preservation of Face Shape
A full set of teeth is crucial for maintaining facial structure. Teeth support the jaw. Without teeth, your jaw would begin to weaken, resulting in facial collapse. This can happen to a lesser degree when missing only a few teeth. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps restore the shape of your face, keeping you looking young and healthy.
Types of Dental Implants
There are four types of dental implants, these include the conventional endosteal implant, which is inserted into the jawbone and is the most typical type; the subperiosteal implant, which is positioned above the jawbone and is intended for patients with insufficient healthy jawbone; the micro implant, which is a scaled-down version of the conventional endosteal implant used to support dentures or minor dental prosthesis; and the all-on-four implant, which can replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Learn more about the different types of dental implants and which may be right for you.
The Dental Implant Process
Consultation and Planning
To begin the dental implant process, you’ll first need to come into our Monroe office for a consultation. During this consultation, your doctor will check the health of your teeth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. We use X-rays and imaging to plan the correct placement of the implants. Then your doctor will go over the timeline with you, letting you know what to expect from each step.
The doctor will begin your dental implant placement by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic to make sure you won’t feel a thing during surgery. Next, they’ll create a small hole in the site where the implant will go and, using a surgical guide, place the implant in the bone. The tissue is then closed over the top of the implant. Healing of the soft gum tissue at the surgical site usually takes only a couple of weeks. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort beyond a week after the placement.
Your New Tooth
Following the replacement, you’ll need to allow a few months for the jawbone to heal and fuse with the implant. This process is not painful, but it is necessary before placing your permanent crown. Once the bone has fused to the implant, your doctor will schedule an appointment to fit you for your new crown or bridge that matches the exact shape and color of your natural teeth. The doctor will attach an abutment to the implant, and then your new crown will be seated on the abutment. The day you have your new crown placed, you can start eating with it and brushing and flossing it, just as you would with a natural tooth!
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
The Cost of a Dental Implant in Monroe
In Monroe, a single implant will cost approximately $3,000 – $6,000+. A full-mouth reconstruction using dental implants can vary widely, ranging from $6,000 to $60,000 and up. A full set of implant-supported dentures (upper and lower) is approximately $30,000. Keep in mind that this is an investment for life and for your health. We’ll make sure you know how to properly care for your implants so that you can preserve and enjoy your investment.
Here are some important factors we consider when creating your treatment plan:
- How many implants you need.
- What other treatment might be needed to make the site ready for surgery.
- The specific materials recommended for you.
- The complexity of the surgery.
- Your recovery time and any potential complications.
Every person and every case is unique! No dental practice can provide you with an exact quote without seeing you for an exam. The dental implant procedure is complex, and many factors go into determining the treatment plan. To get an accurate estimate of the cost of your dental implant, schedule a consultation at our Monroe dental office today.
Learn more about the different types of dental implants and their respective average costs:
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely no one ever has to know that your implants are not your natural teeth. Dental implants are made of metal screws, but these are hidden beneath your gums and covered with lifelike restorations that blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Dentures and implants are not the same thing and they function in very different ways. Dentures rest on top of your gums and press down on the underlying bone tissue. Implants strengthen your bite because they are fixed well below your gums. Both tooth replacement options have unique pros and cons. We recommend that you visit us in person to find out which treatment is best for you.
For patients who are not good candidates for dental implants, dental bridges and full or partial dentures may be the best option for replacing missing teeth. The best way to find out what solutions exist for your specific needs is to call and book an appointment. We would be happy to discuss all your options and answer any specific questions you may have.
To get an implant you must be an adult and have good general oral health. Your jawbone must be strong enough to support a new implant and other supporting tissues, like your gums, must be healthy to reduce the risk of complications. If you’re concerned that you might not be a viable candidate, give us a call to find out for sure. There are usually treatment options available to restore your oral health with the ultimate goal of getting a dental implant and there are often alternative solutions to replacing missing teeth.
Yes! Your dental implant may be topped by a crown, a bridge or implant-supported dentures that will always be custom made to make you feel comfortable. That means your custom-made teeth are shaped and colored to match your existing teeth and bite. Patients often have difficulty distinguishing their natural teeth from their beautiful new dental implants.
No, implants do not need to be routinely replaced. Once you get a dental implant, it is meant to stay with you for a very long time.
The science of dental implants has evolved so rapidly from its early days that it is now a very predictable and relatively pain-free procedure. The dental implant procedure is completed with such care and precision you’ll experience as little discomfort as possible. With proper aftercare, you can expect minimal swelling and almost no bleeding. Your physical and emotional health are both important to us. If you feel anxious about visiting us for any reason, please let us know.
In most cases, you can return to work the day after your implant surgery. Once we know exactly what your treatment will entail, we can give you a much more accurate time estimate and can let you know in advance if you should clear your schedule for longer. We always discuss all post-operative care instructions with you.
The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They need to be professionally cleaned and examined routinely, just like your natural teeth. We usually recommend a check-up approximately every 6 months but may recommend check-ups more or less often depending on your specific requirements.