Implant Dentistry and the Loss of Multiple Teeth
Multiple tooth loss brings on a set of concerns that go beyond the loss of a single tooth. The questions Dr. Shukovsky will ask include: are the missing teeth, or soon-to-be missing teeth, adjacent to one another? How many teeth are involved and where are they located?
Remember, the goal is to attain the most natural-looking, functional restoration. In a complex system such as the mouth, the proper placement of multiple implants is essential. This is why Dr. Shukovsky utilizes the expertise of the oral surgeon and periodontist for placement of the implant before he administers restorations. This collaboration is a “meeting of the minds” in order to get the best result for the patient.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to be durable and long-lasting. If proper oral hygiene is maintained through daily brushing and flossing (as well as regular dental check-ups), your dental implant(s) may never need to be replaced. Damage to the attached dental crown is rare, but if you experience chips, cracks, or other wear and tear, we can repair it or replace it with a new custom crown.
Implant Dentistry and the Overdenture
There are times that patients have lost or will lose so many teeth that they require the fabrication of a full denture. Very often, however, dentures are loose and unstable, especially in the lower jaw. Implants can be placed strategically under the new or existing denture for that stabilization. These are called overdentures, or implant dentures.
Sometimes it only takes two or four dental implants to give great retention and stabilization to the denture. This results in a much greater ability for the patient to chew and swallow their food, the most important function of the teeth. If this ability is compromised, weight loss, poor health, and depression can occur.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Most patients spend approximately $1,500 to $4,000 per dental implant. That being said, the overall cost of dental implants depends on your individual treatment plan—factors such as the amount of dental implants being placed, the complexity of your case, and whether or not preliminary treatments are needed can ultimately determine the price. Additional considerations that may affect your final cost include:
- The type of materials used
- Your insurance coverage
- Implant placement location
- The dentist’s level of experience
Ultimately, dental implants are an investment in your oral health, and cost should not stand in the way. To help minimize any concerns related to the price of this treatment, we provide patients with financing options through reputable companies such as Care Credit® and Lending Club. If desired, our knowledgeable staff can help you apply for a monthly payment plan with little or no interest.