Dental implants are a tooth replacement option designed to provide the form, stability, function, and aesthetics of a natural tooth using an implanted titanium post topped with a specialized restoration. The titanium post, which acts as a root for the new tooth, is implanted into the jawbone. Once the jawbone has healed, a customized dental crown (or another type of restoration) is firmly attached to the post to complete the process.
With this state-of-the-art dental procedure our cosmetic dentist―Robert Rioseco, DMD―can reconstruct either a single tooth, a series of teeth, or full-arches of missing teeth with results that are designed to be comfortable, natural-looking, and long-lasting.
Dr. Rioseco offers three main types of dental implants at The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. During your consultation, he will perform an oral exam to evaluate the condition of your dental health, assess your tooth replacement needs, and discuss your goals to help you decide which type of dental implants are best for you. Types of dental implants we offer include:
A single tooth implant is designed to replace one tooth. This type of dental implant is comprised of one titanium post and one crown restoration.
If you are missing three or more adjacent teeth, a multiple teeth dental implant may be the best option. Using two or more dental implant posts, a single custom restoration, such as a dental bridge or partial denture, can be secured in place without the need for pastes or adhesives. The patient’s jawbone density is a factor in determining how many implant posts are needed to keep the restoration secure.
For patients who are missing all of the upper and/or lower teeth, implant dentures can effectively replace full arches of teeth. Implant dentures, also known as anchored dentures, are typically secured with four or more dental implants per arch. The number of implants needed depends largely upon the patient’s jawbone density. Both upper and lower arches may be replaced in a procedure referred to as a full mouth reconstruction.
The dental implant procedure is a multi-stage process. A titanium post will be surgically placed into the jawbone, where it will fuse to the bone over the next few months. This post will ultimately serve as an artificial tooth root. During the fusion period, a temporary dental crown can be placed over the implanted post. Once the fusion is accomplished, the implant has become a permanent part of your mouth. Dr. Rioseco will then attach a custom-made permanent dental crown to the post, giving you a beautiful restoration that looks and acts like a natural tooth.
On average, the price of a single tooth implant can typically range between $5,000 – $7,000; however, since many variables factor into each customized treatment plan, there is no specific fixed price for dental implants. The location(s) of the missing tooth (teeth), the number of missing teeth, the type of dental implants selected by you and your dentist, and the overall complexity of the procedure can all influence the cost of dental implants. If a patient requires jawbone grafting surgery prior to the dental implant procedure, the cost may also increase. When comparing the price of dental implants among different practices, keep in mind that the experience of the dentist, the quality of their work, and the geographic location of the practice can impact the final price.
We work with two third-party lenders that provide financing for dental care. CareCredit® and Lending Club offer loans and flexible payment plans to approved applicants. Online applications are quick and easy to submit and many of our patients have taken advantage of these dental financing options to make the cost of their care more affordable and budget friendly. To learn more about financing the cost of your dental implants, please speak with a knowledgeable member of our team.
A combination of local anesthetics and a sedative medication should prevent you from feeling any discomfort during the placement of dental implants. Following the procedure, it is common to experience some soreness that can be easily relieved with prescription medication or ibuprofen. Within a few days, most patients no longer need analgesics to remain comfortable.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime when properly cared for and maintained. For the longest-lasting results, Dr. Rioseco recommends that patients keep up with twice daily brushing and flossing, as well as regularly scheduled dental exams at least two times a year. It is important that the bone tissue, gums, and surrounding teeth remain healthy to reduce the risk of problematic disease and complications. If you notice any inflammation or discomfort related to your dental implants, you are encouraged to contact The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry for a prompt appointment to identify the cause. Early detection is the best way to achieve a successful treatment outcome.
While the titanium implants are virtually indestructible, it is possible for the durable ceramic restorations to sustain wear or become broken in rare instances. Fortunately, restorations can be easily repaired and/or replaced if needed. Dr. Rioseco suggests wearing a custom mouthguard when playing contact sports to reduce the chance of damaging any restorations. If you are known to clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, use of a nighttime bite guard can help mitigate bite forces that could harm implant restorations.
If you have more questions about how long your specific type of dental implants could last, we encourage you to speak with Dr. Rioseco during an in-person visit to our office.
We offer several alternatives for patients who may not be good candidates for traditional dental implants, or those who desire a less expensive tooth replacement method:
For more information about tooth replacement methods that can help you achieve a confident, natural-looking smile, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rioseco to review your options.
Each patient’s dental implant timeline is unique, and Dr. Rioseco can provide an approximation of how long the process could take based on the details of your comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Rioseco’s number one priority is placing and restoring dental implants properly to minimize the possibility of complications or implant failure. In some cases, this attention to detail means the process can take a little longer, but patients agree that the long-term benefits and beautiful results are worth it.