So what is a dental implant? A dental implant is a titanium “screw” that is placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth or to anchor a denture or a partial.
Why is a dental implant better than a bridge? In the past, when a patient lost a tooth the teeth on each side of the missing tooth had to be cut down to anchor the bridge that would replace the missing tooth. With implants, we can replace missing teeth without ever having to touch the teeth next to it. Without a tooth or implant in the jawbone, the body quickly redistributes the bone to other areas of the body leaving a defect or “hole” in the jaw bone. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that preserves the bone in the jaw after a tooth has been lost.
Who places the implant? There are two phases to a dental implant — the surgical phase and the restorative phase. Here at Brickyard Dental Group, we focus our practice on the restorative phase of implants. We work with a trusted group of oral surgeons and periodontists who place all of our implants. We have found that having a surgeon place the implant allows us to have excellent surgical and restorative outcomes.
How much do implants cost? The fees associated with implants are different for each patient. Factors such as how many implants are being placed, the complexity of the case, and whether the implant is for a single crown or to anchor a denture all play a part in determining the fee. Although the initial cost of placing an implant to replace a single missing tooth is usually more than a traditional bridge, the expected life span of that implant is significantly higher leading to a lower lifetime cost to replace that single missing tooth.