Patients can experience tooth loss for a number of reasons, including oral diseases and facial injuries. When you do lose a tooth or multiple teeth, it’s important to replace those teeth to preserve both your appearance and your oral health.
Dental implants can be an ideal solution for tooth loss in the right circumstances. They are the only structurally complete tooth replacement available in modern dentistry, which results in a number of benefits for patients.
If you’re considering this treatment option, it’s important to understand the treatment process and whether you will be a good candidate for dental implants. Call our office for more information or to schedule an evaluation and learn about dental implants.
Dental implants are small titanium cylinders. The titanium used to make dental implants has biocompatible qualities. That means that the bone tissue in the patient’s jaw is capable of fusing with the dental implant.
That process, which takes place over several months, is known as osseointegration. It leaves the dental implant as a fixture in the patient’s jaw and allows the dental implant to function similarly to the root of a biological tooth.
Because they consist of an artificial root and prosthetic crown, dental implants are the only structurally complete tooth replacement solution available. This offers patients numerous advantages over conventional restorations.
Although we do not see the roots of our teeth and often take them for granted, they play an important part in supporting our teeth and jaw bones. In replacing those roots, dental implants have an edge over conventional prosthetics (bridges, dentures) that lack such root-like structures.
Dental implants prevent jawbone erosion, which causes conventional appliances to lose their fit.
Dental implants can withstand stronger chewing forces, allowing patients to continue to enjoy a variety of foods.
Dental implants stand alone, so there is no need for supports on surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are structured more like biological teeth, so they feel more like biological teeth.
The dental implant placement process begins with an evaluation in which Dr. Nathanson will examine your smile and take imaging, such as digital x-rays or cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), to assess the quality of bone at the implant site.
If the patient has sufficient bone to support osseointegration, the next phase is dental implant placement, which occurs in an outpatient surgical procedure.
Dr. Nathanson may recommend in initial bone graft for patients who do not appear to have enough bone tissue at the implant site. This will help to supplement the amount of bone available to bond with the implant and can improve the chances of implant success.
Dental implants prevent bone loss because they anchor the jawbone in the same way that the roots of natural teeth do. When those roots are lost and not replaced, the bone tissue in the jaw gradually wears away because there are no structures available to secure it. This causes the jaw’s shape to change, which results in conventional appliances losing their fit. This is much less likely to happen with an implant-supported restoration.
When conditions are suitable for dental implant placement, any number of teeth – ranging from one to an entire arch – can be replaced by dental implants. Additionally, multiple dental implants can be placed in a single appointment, so patients can get dental implants to support a bridge or even a full denture in just one session.
The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient and reflects multiple factors, including the number of dental implants placed, imaging technology used in the case and supplemental procedures, such as bone grafting. When you meet with us for your initial consultation, we can give you an estimate of anticipated costs. We accept a variety of payment options, including affordable payment plans, to help you fit this expense into your budget. Our experienced office staff will also assist you in filing claims with your insurance company if you have insurance coverage that may defray some of the costs.
Patients need to complete an evaluation with Dr. Nathanson in order to determine whether they are good candidates for dental implant placement. The primary criteria is the quality of bone tissue at the proposed implant site. Because bone loss is a consequence of tooth loss, this can be an issue for patients who have postponed tooth replacement. Congenital bone defects can also present a barrier to dental implant placement. Fortunately, a bone graft can be used to supplement bone tissue when there is not enough available initially. Most patients who want dental implants will be able to get them eventually.
Dr. Nathanson and his staff are great! Dr. Nathanson (along with the very professional and friendly hygienist) identified a few issues not identified by prior dentists. Everyone in the office goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Nothing but great things to say about this practice.
Best dental office I've ever been to. I've been going to them for years. They make you feel so comfortable and cared for. Everyone is friendly and they make the whole experience amazing every single time!!!
I started coming to Nathanson Dental Oct. 2018 and had the best experience with a root canal! Following that, my sons and I have never been more excited to go to the dentist. Being welcomed by a friendly staff and personable employees is a joy.
Joel I. Nathanson, DMD, MAGD, graduated from Columbia University and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. After serving a tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Dr. Nathanson began practicing comprehensive dental care in the Baltimore area in 1985.
A respected professional in his field, Dr. Nathanson aims to provide the best possible dental experience for his patients. His entire career has been a study in pursuing the highest and most advanced dental techniques and technologies for the benefit of his patients.
Dr. Nathanson is a founding Elite Member of Dental Sleep Masters and a member of the following organizations: