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Dental Implants

Are They Worth the Investment?

Dental implants have been in use for over 50 years and they have proven themselves to be the gold standard in tooth replacement for a number of reasons. First, they not only replace a missing or failed tooth, dental implants also protect your oral health by restoring both your root and your tooth. This also allows them to provide exceptional longevity since they can potentially last for a lifetime.

Types of Dental Implants

an image of a dental implantDental implants are capable of replacing one or multiple teeth depending on your needs. The implant can support a single porcelain crown, giving you the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.

Or, a few implants strategically placed can support a dental bridge or denture. For denture wearers, implants provide a more secure and stable fit than a removeable denture and offer the additional bonus of protecting your jawbone from deterioration, which ensures better longevity for your denture.

Your dentist can determine the types of implants that will best serve your needs during an implant consultation.

What are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

an implant supported dentureDental implant treatment begins with a thorough evaluation with your dentist to determine if you have enough healthy bone to support the implant. Next, is a placement surgery that will take place here at The Smilist Dental Medford with your trusted team. Your implant is then given a period of time to heal, which allows it to integrate with your jawbone because titanium is biocompatible.

The final step is to design and place your restoration. A single crown or dental bridge is made of high quality porcelain which is customized to match your neighboring teeth and enhance your smile. A denture is made of acrylic and designed to complement your skin tone and facial structure.

What is the Cost of Dental Implants?

smiling mature coupleThe cost of dental implants varies according to the complexity of your case and the type of restoration you need. For example, the price of replacing a single tooth is less than implant-supported dentures, which restore an entire arch of teeth.

In order to determine the exact cost of your treatment, a thorough examination and consultation with your dentist is required to create your unique treatment plan.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Implants?

happy young coupleUnfortunately, right now most dental insurance plans are not covering the cost of dental implants, although some may offer a percentage of coverage for your restoration. We are hopeful in the future insurance companies will begin to add coverage for dental implants as they understand the benefits they offer for patient’s oral health and overall health.

Your team at The Smilist Dental Medford is happy to help you determine if you have insurance coverage and recommend other options for making implant dentistry affordable such as third party financing.