Do you need to have a tooth replaced? Sometimes a tooth gets damaged or becomes too decayed to save. Severe gum disease can cause teeth to loosen and fall out. Whatever the reason that you need an artificial tooth, a dental implant and crown combination is one option for replacement.
Is the dental implant and crown combination right for you? Here’s what you need to know in order to choose the best tooth replacement option.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system that completely replaces a natural tooth right down to the root. The implant root is a titanium post with ridges like a screw that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once a secure bond has been formed, a porcelain crown is attached to the implant root. Porcelain is a strong material that closely resembles tooth enamel for a natural look and function.
What to Consider About Dental Implants
To help you decide whether or not a dental implant is right for you, consider the following:
- Cost. A single dental implant to replace one tooth can cost between $3,500 and $6,000. The reason for this is that dental implants are considered to be the best quality tooth replacement option. They offer the most natural look and function that can be achieved in a prosthetic. But don’t let the cost deter you from getting the quality tooth replacement you deserve. Payment options can be arranged to make it more affordable.
- Longevity. Another consideration in your decision should be the fact that a dental implant can last for the rest of your life. They are expected to last for 30 years but typically last much longer. This is especially important when it comes to deciding whether or not the cost is worth it. Your implant will likely still be in place long after you’ve paid it off.
- Jaw bone density. Not every patient is an ideal candidate for a dental implant right off the bat. You must have sufficient bone thickness in the jaw to fit and support the implant root. If your tooth has been missing for more than a few months or if you have low bone density in general, your jaw bone may not be able to support an implant. A bone graft procedure can be performed to thicken and regenerate the bone in preparation for an implant. But this is an additional procedure with an additional cost.
- Number of teeth needing replacement. A dental implant is ideal for replacing one or two teeth. But if you need to have multiple teeth replaced or an entire arch, it may be in your best interest financially to get a dental bridge or dentures. A good compromise is to get implant supported bridges or dentures, which offer all the bone health benefits of dental implants with the reduced cost.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many reasons why dental implants are considered to be the best choice for most patients and are highly recommended by dentists, such as:
- Natural look. Dental implants look very natural and more closely match your existing teeth than other prosthetics.
- Bite strength. Dental implants offer the same bite strength as your natural teeth without risking damage to the healthy teeth on either side.
- Bone health. Dental implants preserve the bone structure of your jaw that would otherwise deteriorate with other tooth replacement options.
- Long lasting. Dental implants can last for a lifetime.
Discuss Dental Implants with the Experts at Meridian Dental Group
If you’re considering a dental implant but aren’t sure if it’s the right option for you, schedule a consultation with Meridian Dental Group. We can perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss alternatives with you so that you can weigh your options and choose the best course of treatment.