Losing teeth can knock your confidence, make you unable to eat some of your favorite foods, and lead to other oral health issues. Luckily, several dental implant options can fit your dental needs, make your teeth look natural, and restore your smile.
Even losing just one tooth can be incredibly frustrating and greatly impact your day-to-day life. You may find yourself reluctant to smile around others and worried about how your oral health will be impacted.
A fixed bridge is a non-surgical treatment that replaces the single tooth’s crown. We create the bridge by taking an impression of the patient’s mouth so the lost tooth can be replicated and the gap can be filled. The fixed bridge works by being placed onto the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Fixed bridges last around five to ten years before they need to be replaced.
A single tooth implant is a surgical option to replicate and replace the entire missing tooth. This is the only option to replace the lost or damaged tooth root and the visible part of the tooth. The implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone, which imitates a tooth root’s role. It takes several months for the patient’s bone to fuse to the post, but it will remain there permanently once it does. Once the bone eventually heals, an abutment will be used to join the implant post with a custom-made dental crown.
For multiple missing teeth, you can get partial dentures, dental bridges, and bridges supported by dental implants. A custom consultation is essential before deciding what option you’ll get. During your consultation at Royal Dental Care, we’ll assess your oral situation and discuss your smile goals. We’ll also discuss which multiple dental implant options will work best for you with your aesthetic goals and budget. Our virtual smile design technology allows us to digitally design what your future smile will look like after the treatment plan, and we’ll show you this design so you know what you can expect your results to look like.
If you need a dental implant option that will treat your entire mouth, then removable dentures, implant-supported dentures, or same-day full-mouth dental implants might be right for you.
All-on-4 dentures are an excellent option for people who need to replace one or both rows of teeth. These are not traditional dentures. All-on-4 dentures don’t move around while you talk, eat, or smile. Traditional dentures can only restore around 20 percent of your original chewing function; however, All-on-4 dentures can restore 70 percent or more of your chewing, which allows you to eat more foods than traditional dentures would. All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are long-lasting when cared for properly and can be used for multiple decades as opposed to traditional dentures that must be switched out every ten years.
Implant-retained dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, provide a more secure denture option for patients with multiple missing teeth. While traditional dentures use suction and adhesive to stick to the mouth, implant-retained dentures use dental implants as the anchor to hold them in place. There are removable implant dentures—that you can take out and put back in yourself—and fixed implant dentures, which can only be moved by your implant dentist.
Your dental implant cost will depend on the treatment plan and how many implants were used. As far as how much insurance will cover, it depends on your dental insurance plan. Many insurance companies do not cover the cost of dental implants, and if that is the case with your plan, you may be able to use your medical insurance to cover some of the costs of the surgical procedure.