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Posts for: March, 2015

By Reep Family Dental
March 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you one of the millions of Americans who are frustrated with missing or cracked teeth and multiple restorations? Are you concerned about what failing dental health is doing to your appearance and overall health? Does the prospect of dentures discourage or worry you? Stop worrying, and consider investing in dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Simply put, dental implants are a great alternative to removable dentures, fixed bridgework and gaps in a person's smile. Consisting of a metal screw (usually titanium) placed directly into the jawbone and a natural-looking porcelain crown above the gum line, dental implants provide a solid foundation for chewing, biting and speaking. They help maintain the size, structure and density of the jawbone where teeth have been extracted. They also serve as placeholders, stopping neighboring teeth from shifting and becoming Dental Implants loose.

What is the dental implant procedure like?

Most implants are placed using only local anesthesia right in the dental office. Some patients may elect light sedation for this 2-step procedure.

During the first visit, the dentist places the titanium implant directly into the jawbone. This metal screw is then allowed to integrate with the bone during a healing period of several weeks. During the next appointment, the dentist places a metal fixture called an abutment onto the implant and then securely glues a natural-looking porcelain crown on the abutment. Dentists can also use implants as the foundation for a full set of fixed or removable dentures.

What about the cost of dental implants?

The cost of dental implant surgery can vary, depending on how many of these prosthetic teeth are needed. Also, some patients require bone augmentation where donor bone or other bone-building materials are added to the jaw so that the implant stays in place.

So, in general, dental implants cost more than dentures and conventional crowns and bridgework. However, these traditional restorations need periodic replacement. For instance, a dental crown may last 7 to 10 years. Over many years, replacement costs add up.

Dental implants are a better investment no matter how you look at it. The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons states that about 95 percent of implant surgeries are successful and that the appliances, with proper hygiene and check-ups, can last for decades. So, while the initial expense may be higher, once an implant is done, it's done. In addition, some dental insurances cover at least a part of the cost, and dentists will work with patients to arrange payment plans.

Nic Reep DDS

At Reep Family Dental in Yakima, Washington, Dr. Nic Reep and his staff can help you decide if dental implants are the right investment in your smile. They provide the latest in dental services in a comfortable setting and love listening to and educating their patients. Call Reep Family Dental today for a consultation today: 509-594-4437.