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How to Get Dental Implants Covered by Insurance

If you are among the millions of American adults who are missing one or more teeth, you might be considering dental implants as an option. This tooth replacement solution looks, feels, and functions the most like your natural teeth. However, before you decide that you definitely want to go this route, you may be wondering about your dental insurance coverage.

For most patients at Esteem Dental Implants, dental coverage is the deciding factor when it comes to any dental treatment. Our friendly office staff will work with your dental insurance provider to determine your coverage during your consultation visit. We will provide you with a quote detailing your portion. We strive to make dental implants affordable and may be able to offer financing options to help.

If dental implants are deemed “medically necessary”, your dental and/or medical insurance may be willing to cover this procedure.

Common Costs Associated with Dental Implants

Chances are, you will have to pay for a portion of your dental implants out-of-pocket. On average, the estimated cost of a single dental implant is around $5,000. Of course, this depends on your personal needs, additional procedures required, your insurance coverage, and more. In order to determine what you can expect to pay, you’ll want to find out about the following:

  • ●Your plan’s annual maximum
  • ●Co-payments and co-insurance
  • ●Implant procedure deductible

In addition to the above factors, you’ll also need to think about your personal treatment needs, as these will have an impact on your expected costs.

  • ●The number of implants you need
  • ●The type of implants used (titanium vs. zirconia)
  • ●The number of teeth that need to be replaced
  • ●The type of artificial teeth used (porcelain, composite resin, etc)
  • ●The need for additional procedures including extractions, sedation dentistry, etc
  • ●The location of the clinic
  • ●Whether or not there are any viable alternatives

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Typically, standard dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants. You will need to check your coverage to determine if this is the case for you. If so, you may want to investigate cosmetic dental coverage, which will cover a portion of this procedure. In most cases, this will cover up to 50% of the cost of the procedure. In some cases, you must pay your deductible before coverage begins.

In some cases, your medical insurance plan may cover dental implants. However, this varies depending on your policy. If you do not have dental insurance or your medical insurance does not cover implants, you may want to look into a discount dental plan membership or find a policy that does cover dental implants.

When Does Dental Insurance Cover Implants?

If you do have dental and/or medical insurance, you will want to check your coverage to determine if cosmetic dental procedures such as implants are covered. If implants are covered, you’ll want to check the following:

  • ●Pre-existing Conditions – In some cases, dental coverage is restricted based on pre-existing conditions. You’ll want to find out if this is in your policy. If your tooth was already missing prior to your effective coverage date, the policy may not cover dental implant treatment.
  • ●Annual Maximum – Typically, insurance providers use the calendar year to determine the annual maximum, or the amount they will cover for you and your family within the year. If you have reached your annual maximum or you are getting close to that amount, you may be responsible for paying for the full cost of treatment.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

If you are missing one or more teeth and have considered dental implants as an option for tooth replacement, schedule your consultation with Dr. Benjamin Hanson and the team at Esteem Dental Implants today. We are conveniently located on Allen Road and are available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

We believe that everyone deserves to have the smile they desire. Therefore, we will do everything we can to make that happen for you.

Dental Implants FAQs

Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacement solutions because they look, feel, and function the most like natural teeth. However, we understand that you have questions about this treatment. We are happy to discuss your questions and concerns at any time. Below are some of the most common ones we hear when it comes to dental implants.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental implant coverage depends on your dental insurance. Many times, dental plans do not cover implants and those that do typically only cover up to 50%. Our friendly office staff will work with your insurance provider to determine coverage and provide you with a quote detailing your cost. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover implants, we offer financing options to help you pay for treatment.

Are dental implants pain-free?

We will administer a local anesthetic before moving forward with the procedure, so you may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain. If you prefer, we do offer IV sedation to keep you as comfortable as possible.

As you recover, you may experience some discomfort as you heal. However, this doesn’t last long. If you still have pain and discomfort after 2 weeks, please contact the office and let us know so that we can address it as soon as possible.

What is the cheapest way to replace a missing tooth?

While dental implants do require a larger investment up-front, this is actually the cheapest way to replace missing teeth. This is because it is a permanent solution, meaning you won’t have to have them replaced in the future. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, which prevents jawbone deterioration and supports facial structure. Other solutions, such as dentures, do not do this. Therefore, they may need to be replaced several times over the course of your life. This means that you have to keep paying for treatment.

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Are Dental Implants Painful?

Over the past 3 decades, dental implants have resulted in millions of successful dental restorations. More than 5 million implants are placed every year in the United States making it one of the most popular dental restoration options.

A dental implant is made up of 3 parts:

  • ● The implant: titanium screw inserted into the jawbone
  • ● The abutment: the connector that attaches the crown to the implant
  • ● The crown: the prosthetic tooth that sits on top of the gum, secured in place by the implant

There are several advantages and disadvantages of dental implants, including:

Advantages

  • ● Restores chewing and speaking function
  • ● Looks natural, boosting self-esteem
  • ● Reduces stress on remaining natural teeth
  • ● Preserves jawbone density
  • ● Easy to care for
  • ● May last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance

Disadvantages

  • ● Will not whiten like natural teeth
  • ● Requires invasive surgery
  • ● Expensive, but long-term benefits are worth the investment
  • ● Bone graft surgery may be necessary before placement

Dental implants have a 95% success rate with proper care and maintenance- and they can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss as directed and visit the office every 6 months so that we can monitor your condition.

Also, if you smoke or use tobacco products, your risk of implant failure is increased- so it’s a good idea to quit.

Since this is a fairly invasive surgery, many patients wonder if it is painful. Here is what you need to know about dental implants and what to expect the procedure and healing to look like.

What to Expect from the Procedure: Is it Painful?

The process of getting dental implants requires a significant time commitment, as it could take a minimum of several months to a year or more depending on whether or not you need additional procedures.

First, we start with a consultation. At this time, we will do an examination, take x-rays, and discuss your needs and goals. This information will be used to determine your eligibility for dental implants, as well as create your treatment plan.

Next, we will move forward with any additional treatments if necessary. First, tooth extractions will be done. You will need time to heal after this. The next step is to complete any bone grafting or sinus lift surgeries. You’ll need time to heal after these procedures as well.

Once you are fully healed, we can place the implants. In some cases, we may be able to place implants on the same day as the extractions, as long as you don’t require additional surgeries. After the implants are placed, you will need time for the site to heal and for osseointegration to occur, which is the process of the bone healing around and fusing to the implant.

After osseointegration, we will place the abutments and give you a few days to heal before placing the crown. Once the crown is placed, your dental implants are complete.

You will be given a local anesthetic during each step of the procedure, so you should not feel any pain at all. You might feel some pressure, but it should not be painful. If you have dental anxiety or you are concerned about pain, we offer sedation options to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

Will the Healing Period be Painful?

As you are healing, you may feel some minor discomfort as you get adjusted to a foreign object in your jaw. Once you are used to it, you won’t feel a thing. Since the jawbone fuses with the implant, it becomes part of your jawbone structure, and you won’t notice it.

When Should You go for Dental Implants?

If you are missing any teeth, you should learn more about tooth replacement solutions, including dental implants. After all, missing teeth can cause a variety of issues, including:

  • ● Dietary restrictions: when you are missing teeth, it impacts your diet, creating a nutritional deficiency. This is because our teeth are designed to help us chew and if you are missing teeth, chewing becomes a challenge. Crunchy foods can damage the exposed gum, causing severe pain/discomfort.
  • ● Crooked teeth: when you are missing teeth, your remaining teeth begin to shift in an attempt to close that gap. This impacts your speaking and eating ability and can also impact your appearance.
  • ● Issues Speaking: when you are missing teeth, speaking becomes a challenge. This is because our teeth impact our pronunciation and enunciation of words. You may develop a lisp or may spit when you talk, depending on which tooth is missing.
  • ● Bone density loss: when you are missing teeth, you begin to lose jawbone density, which could result in further tooth loss. Additionally, bone density loss makes you look older than you are because your face doesn’t have the support it needs.
  • ● Reduced confidence: due to the above issues related to tooth loss, your confidence is impacted. You may begin to avoid social events, which can impact your personal and professional life.
  • ●Misaligned bite: when you are missing teeth, your bite becomes misaligned because of the shifting of the remaining teeth

Therefore, if you are missing teeth, contact Esteem Dental implants to schedule your consultation. Dental implants are the premier tooth replacement solution because they look, feel, and function the most like natural teeth.

Long-Term Benefits are Worth the Pain

Dental implants can be expensive, and you may have some pain and discomfort during the procedures and the healing process. However, the benefits make this all worth it:

  • ● Fuller face, more youthful appearance: dental implants preserve jawbone density, which preserves facial structure. This means that you look (and feel) much younger.
  • ● Improved confidence: dental implants fill in the gaps and feel like a natural tooth. Once the site heals, you may even forget that you have an implant.
  • ● Properly aligned bite: dental implants keep your bite aligned, making it easier to talk and eat.
  • ● Easy to care for: since dental implants are inserted into the jawbone and become a permanent part of your jaw, you care for them just like your natural teeth by brushing and flossing as directed and having checkups every 6 months.
  • ● Permanent: dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth, which means you don’t have to worry about replacing them shortly. With proper care and maintenance, they should last a lifetime.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

If you are missing teeth, consider contacting Esteem Dental Implants today to schedule your dental implant consultation. We will examine your mouth and explain your options for getting your smile back. We have locations across the country to help you get the treatment you need. We look forward to working with you to give you your smile back.
We will work with you to help you understand how to improve your healing experience and how to increase your chances of success.

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What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

Dental implants were invented in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon. Since that time, implants have become the standard of care when it comes to replacing missing teeth. In fact, every year, more than 5 million dental implants are placed.

Esteem Dental Implants specializes in dental implant placement. We have locations all across the country. We are different because, from start to finish, we focus on our patients. We understand how important your smile is, so we strive to make sure that you understand the procedure from start to finish and are 100% satisfied with your treatment.

Dental implants consist of three components:

Implant: this is the piece that is inserted into the jawbone and acts as a tooth root
Abutment: this is the piece that connects the implant to the prosthetic tooth or teeth
Prosthesis: this is the visible part of the implant, which may be a single crown, several teeth, or a full set of teeth. Patients who need several teeth replaced will need at least 2 implants, while patients who need all teeth in one arch replaced need at least 4.

Dental Implant Options at Esteem Dental Implants


At Esteem Dental Implants, we have several options for patients who need tooth replacement.

2 Techniques

First of all, we have two techniques for placing dental implants: endosteal or subperiosteal. The appropriate option will depend on the patient’s jawbone quality and density.

Endosteal

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. This is a small, titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. Over time, the bone will heal around the implant through a process known as osseointegration. In order to qualify for this technique, patients have adequate jawbone density and be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery.

Subperiosteal

If a patient does not have sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants and does not want to undergo a bone graft, subperiosteal implants are an ideal solution. These implants are inserted into the gums, on or above the jawbone. This type of implant is rarely used.

One- or Two-Stage Implants

The professionals at Esteem Dental Implants can place your dental implants in 1 or 2 stages, based on your condition and your needs. Two-stage implants have a higher success rate because you’re given time to heal in between placing the implant and placing the prosthetic tooth.

One-Stage Procedure Explained

One-stage dental implants, also referred to as same-day implants, require one surgery. This procedure quickly improves your smile, as you will leave the clinic with a new tooth the same day. This is a great option for front tooth replacement. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option, especially for patients who have low jawbone density.

If you do qualify for one-stage implants, the benefits include:

  • ● Only one surgery
  • ● Less pain
  • ● Quickly improves aesthetics

On the other hand, there are some disadvantages of one-stage implants. Primarily, the fact that the prosthetic tooth is put on the same day as the implant. This often results in overload because patients forget that they need to be careful and bite too hard on the implant, which can damage the osseointegration.

Two-Stage Procedure Explained

The two-stage implant procedure involves two surgeries, which result in a higher success rate. The first surgery is to place the dental implant. Patients are given 2 to 3 months for osseointegration to occur. Since the prosthesis is not attached, bite force is not applied, which results in a 98% success rate.

After your jawbone has fused with the implant, we can move forward with the second procedure. At this time, we will uncover the implant and connect the abutment and the prosthesis. There is not as much discomfort with the second surgery as with the first.

Types of Dental Implants

Finally, we have several options for dental implants based on your needs. For patients who are missing only one tooth, we recommend a single-tooth implant. For patients missing a few teeth, we recommend an implant-supported or fixed bridge. For patients who are missing all of their teeth in one arch, we recommend implant-supported or All-on-4 dental implants.

Single-Tooth Implant

For patients who are missing only one tooth, a single-tooth implant is appropriate to restore function, comfort, and aesthetics. Only one implant and crown is required for this procedure. Single-tooth implants typically cost between $3,000 to $4,500.

Implant-Supported Bridge

For patients who are missing three or more teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge is the most appropriate option. In this tooth replacement solution, implants are placed on both sides of the gap to support the bridge. The bridge can be permanently attached or removable. A traditional bridge is supported by the natural teeth on either side of the gap- which can cause additional problems in the future. The average cost of an implant-supported bridge is between $5,000 to $16,000.

Implant-Retained Dentures/Overdentures

Implant-retained dentures, or overdentures, sit on top of your gums and are held in place by dental implants. They can be used for both the upper and the lower jaw. In most cases, we use 4 dental implants. This option is much more functional and stable than traditional dentures- but must be removed before bed. The average cost of implant-retained dentures is up to $6,000 per arch.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

The All-on-4 dental implant solution requires the placement of four dental implants in the jaw. Two in the back at a 45° angle, and two in the front straight, providing enough support for a full arch prosthesis. All-on-4 looks, feels, and functions the most like natural teeth compared to the other types of dental implants. On average, you can expect to pay between $15,000 to $30,000 per arch.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Most dental insurance providers do cover a portion of dental implant solutions. Our friendly office staff will contact your provider to determine coverage. From there, we will structure your treatment to fit within your budget.

Schedule Your Consultation at Esteem Dental Implants Today

If you are missing most or all of your teeth in one or both arches, consider Esteem Dental Implants to help you get your smile back. We have locations across the country to help you get the treatment you need. We look forward to working with you to give you your smile back.

Dental Implant FAQs

The team at Esteem Dental Implants understands that you have questions when it comes to dental implants. We will always address your questions and concerns with the utmost care. Below are some of the most common questions we hear from our patients:

What type of dental implant is best?

We believe the endosteal implants are best because they are implanted directly into the jawbone. This provides the most stability. We recommend All-on-4 for patients who need a full set because they are permanently attached. They look, feel, and function the most like natural teeth.

How many teeth can you put on one implant?

One single implant can support one tooth. For more than one tooth, we recommend at least two implants for the best stability.

What kind of implants are safest?

The safest type of implants are the two-stage because this gives you time to heal between the implants being placed and the prosthetic being attached. Many patients forget that they need to be careful and go back to their normal eating habits, which often leads to breaking the implants.

What is the best material for all-on-4 dental implants?

All-on-4 dental implants are available in acrylic, porcelain, or zirconia. It’s difficult to label one as being the “best”. It all depends on your needs and goals and what the dentist feels is the best option for you.

What can you not do after dental implants?

Once you heal, you should be fine to go back to your normal habits. However, while you are healing, it’s important to avoid the following:

  • ● Smoking or using tobacco products as that can impact healing
  • ● Eating hot or hard foods
  • ● Intense exercise
  • ● Drinking with a straw
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How Much Are Full Mouth Dental Implants For?

In many cases, for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth, full-mouth dental implants may be the best tooth replacement option. This treatment is also referred to as All-on-4 and involves the placement of 4 to 6 implants into the jawbone to replace the tooth roots so that a permanent denture or fixed bridge can be attached.

This is a major treatment that can be quite expensive. However, the team at Esteem Dental Implants believes that the advantages far outweigh the costs.

How Much Do Full-Mouth Dental Implants Cost?

On average, full-mouth dental implants cost $12,000 to $25,000 per arch. This is the base price, without considering additional procedures such as sinus lifting, bone grafting, extractions, and more. Additionally, patients who have dental anxiety may require IV sedation, which will also increase the final cost of the procedure.

Does Insurance Cover Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

Some dental insurance plans will cover a portion of full-mouth dental implants. We will work with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

Advantages of Full-Mouth Dental Implants

While it is true that full-mouth dental implants is a major investment, it comes with a variety of advantages, including the following:

Reduces risk of bone loss

As you lose your teeth, your jawbone is no longer being used, so your body resorbs it- but implants are inserted into the jawbone, replacing tooth roots. This stimulates the jawbone and keeps it healthy, preserving the integrity of the bone and reducing your risk of bone loss.

Improves facial appearance

When you do not replace missing teeth, your jawbone begins to resorb, and your face begins to sag, appearing wrinkled and collapsed. This makes you look older than you are. However, full-mouth dental implants stimulate the jawbone, keeping it dense and healthy and giving your face a fuller appearance, especially in the lips and cheeks.

Improves speech

When you are missing teeth or you replace them with ill-fitting dentures, you begin to have difficulty pronouncing certain words or making certain sounds. You may whistle when you talk or develop a lisp. However, the quality of your speech significantly improves when you replace missing teeth with full-mouth dental implants.

Improved chewing efficiency

When you are missing teeth, chewing becomes difficult- especially when eating tough foods like meat. However, replacing your missing teeth with full-mouth dental implants makes it a lot easier to chew. In fact, full-mouth dental implants often have a harder bite force than natural teeth due to the materials they are made of and the distribution of the force among the implants.

Comfortable and Convenient

Full-mouth dental implants are permanent. Therefore, you care for them just like you would your natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about taking them out to clean them and you don’t have to worry about using messy adhesives to keep them from slipping around in your mouth when you are eating or talking.

Durable

Since full-mouth dental implants are a permanent solution, you can expect it to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

Increased confidence and self-esteem

In many cases, patients who are missing most or all of their teeth find themselves avoiding social situations because they are embarrassed. However, replacing missing teeth with full-mouth dental implants will have a positive effect on your social life because they look more natural than other options, such as traditional dentures.

Who Qualifies for Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

At Esteem Dental Implants, we require that patients meet certain criteria to qualify for full-mouth dental implants, including:

Healthy Gums

The implants serve as a replacement for tooth roots and are the foundation for the abutments and the prosthetic teeth. Therefore, the implant is placed in the gum and typically in the jawbone- except in the case of mini dental implants, which are placed above the jawbone. The gums and jawbone will then heal around the implant, anchoring it in place.

Since this is a surgical procedure, patients must have healthy gums to allow for a quicker recovery and infection prevention.

Does this mean that patients with gum disease are automatically disqualified? Not necessarily, but you will need to get that under control first.

Adequate Jawbone

Patients who have missing teeth are at an increased risk of jawbone degradation- which can result in complete jawbone loss over time. Therefore, it’s best to explore tooth replacement options, such as full-mouth dental implants, as soon as possible so that you will have adequate jawbone density to support the implants.

This is why patients with osteoporosis may benefit from dental implants. Research has shown that implants may trigger new bone growth. Additionally, studies have shown that dental implants have a high success rate in patients with osteoporosis. The main requirement is that the patient have adequate jawbone to support the implant.

Willing to Invest the Time

One of the biggest drawbacks to dental implant-supported options, such as full-mouth dental implants, is the amount of time it will take. Healing from a single dental implant procedure takes 2 to 3 months for the lower jaw and 3 to 6 months for the upper jaw.

Since you are considering full-mouth dental implants, you can expect treatment time to take longer. This serves to emphasize the importance of having healthy gums so that you’ll heal faster.

Therefore, it is important that you are willing to invest the time and be patient throughout the process.

Willing to Make Important Lifestyle Changes

Gum disease is more common and typically more severe in people who smoke. In addition, smoking increases your risk of bone loss, mouth ulcers, and receding gums.

Also, alcohol seems to kill the “good” bacteria in your mouth and increases the risk of dental and periodontal disease.

Therefore, if you are interested in pursuing full-mouth dental implants as a tooth replacement solution, you will want to do your best to quit smoking. Drinking alcohol is acceptable in moderation- but you must take care that you don’t do it excessively.

Are You Interested in Learning More about Full-Mouth Dental Implants?

As you can see, while full-mouth dental implants can be costly, the benefits far outweigh the cost. At the end of treatment, you will have a confident, beautiful smile that you can be proud of.

If you are interested in learning more about full-mouth dental implants as a solution for your tooth loss, schedule your consultation with the team at Esteem Dental Implants. We have a nationwide network of highly trained and experienced implantologists who have been certified in our state-of-the-art procedure. We look forward to working with you!

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Cost of Dental Implants

Research from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shows that, on average, adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have 25 of their 32 natural teeth. This can cause issues such as:

  • ● Problems with chewing/swallowing
  • ● Inadequate nutrition
  • ● Reduced self-esteem
  • ● Altered bite
  • ● Deterioration of jawbone
  • ● Weak jaw muscle/structure
  • ● Increased risk of additional dental issues

Therefore, if you are missing one or more teeth, it’s important to replace them. Many patients choose dental implants because they look, feel, and function the most like natural teeth.

Over the years, dental implants have evolved significantly. Recent advancements have expanded the types of implants that are available as well as the methods for placing them.

Esteem Dental Implants has a nationwide network of dental professionals trained and certified in our state-of-the-art procedure. If you’re ready to transform your smile and change your life, find a location near you today!

What Causes Missing Teeth?

Tooth loss is common among adults in America. Some of the most common causes are:

Decay

The primary cause of tooth decay is inadequate nutrition and poor oral hygiene and oral care. Without intervention, the tooth will deteriorate- leading to tooth loss. Decay can be caught early with regular dental exams and cleanings. If a patient has teeth that are severely decayed, dental implants may be recommended- especially in older patients.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease. As gums wear away, plaque and bacteria get underneath, which causes inflammation. This ultimately leads to jawbone loss around the teeth- which may cause teeth to become loose and fall out or require extraction.

Age/Medications

Many of our dental implant patients have healthy teeth, with only minor cavities over their lifetime. However, as they get older, especially over the age of 55, tooth loss is more common.

Patients who are taking medications to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, or high cholesterol are at an increased risk of tooth loss. This is because one of the most common side effects of these medications is dry mouth – which speeds up the process of tooth decay.

Trauma

Finally, trauma such as a fall, injury, or accident can cause irreparable damage to your teeth and may even cause tooth loss. If we are unable to restore the shape and function of the tooth, an implant may be the best option.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several different types of dental implants. However, they all have the same primary purpose: they are used as a tooth restoration option. The positioning and type of restoration are the major differences:

Positioning

The positioning of the dental implant is determined by the jawbone health and preference of the patient. There are two options for implant positioning:

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant. It is inserted into the jawbone. They are usually made from titanium and look like small screws. The primary advantage of this type of implant is that it keeps your jawbone stimulated and healthy, so it doesn’t deteriorate over time. If you have insufficient bone density, a bone graft may be required before the implants can be placed.

Subperiosteal Implants

The primary difference between subperiosteal implants and endosteal implants is that this one is placed on or above the jawbone- not implanted into it. This type of implant is rare but is used in patients who do not have sufficient jawbone density and either can’t or choose not to undergo a bone graft procedure to fortify the jawbone.

The dentist will assess the density of your jawbone to determine which option is most appropriate for you. Your personal preferences will also be considered when making this determination.

Types of Dental Implants & Cost

There are a few different types of dental implants. The cost of each varies and depends on several factors. Dental insurance does typically cover at least a portion of the cost. It is important to note that the costs listed below are just for the dental implant procedure.

If patients require additional procedures, such as extractions, bone grafting, etc, the cost will increase.

Single Dental Implant

For patients who are only missing one tooth and want to replace it for function, comfort, and aesthetics, a single dental implant may be the best option. A single dental implant is made up of 3 parts:

  • ● Implant (goes into the jawbone)
  • ● Abutment (attaches the implant to the crown)
  • ● Crown (prosthetic tooth that is visible above the gum)

The average cost of a single dental implant ranges between $3,000 to $4,000.

Implant-Supported Bridge

For patients who are missing several teeth in a row, an implant-supported bridge may be the best option. In the case of a traditional bridge, the natural teeth on each side of the gap are used to anchor the bridge in place. However, in the case of an implant-supported bridge, implants are placed on each side of the gap and used to anchor the bridge instead of natural teeth.

The implant-supported bridge is fixed in place, which prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting into the space. Therefore, it restores eating and speaking functions, as well as aesthetics.

The average cost of an implant-supported bridge ranges between $5,000 to $16,000.

All-on-4/All-on-6 Dental Implants

For patients who are missing all teeth in one or both arches, the All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants may be the best option. This is a permanent tooth replacement solution. The overdenture will be fixed in place with either 4 or 6 implants. The dentist will determine how many implants you need to provide the most stability for your overdenture.

Since the overdenture is fixed in place, you will not be able to remove it for cleaning. It can be removed by the dentist for your semi-annual exam and cleaning.

The average cost of All-on-4 dental implants is between $15,000 and $20,000 per arch. The average cost of All-on-6 dental implants is between $24,000 and $31,000.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Another option for patients who are missing all teeth in one or both arches is implant-retained dentures. This is a removable tooth replacement option in which implants are placed and the overdenture can be removed for cleaning.

The average cost of implant-retained dentures is between $12,500 to $25,000 per arch.

3-on-6 Dental Implants

Another option for patients who are missing all of their teeth is 3-on-6 dental implants. In this solution, 3 dental bridges are attached to 6 dental implants.

The average cost of 3-on-6 dental implants ranges from $10,000 to $15,000 per arch.

Long Term Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are meant to be a permanent solution for tooth loss and therefore, offer several long term benefits. Some of these benefits include:

Improved Stability

The implant is placed in the jawbone and the bone fuses around it. This secures the post in place so it will not become loose or fall out. Therefore, dental implants are extremely stable compared to other tooth replacement solutions such as removable dentures or bridges.

Protects Against Harmful Bacteria

Dental implants prevent tooth decay, so you are protected against harmful bacteria. Since they do not allow bacteria in, implants can prevent gum disease and may also reverse it.

Therefore, implant-supported tooth replacements are more resistant to infection and support your oral, as well as your overall, health.

Long-lasting

Dental implants have been used for several decades as solution for missing teeth. Many patients have been provided with the ability to smile, eat, speak, and laugh without worrying about others seeing their missing teeth or knowing that they have fake teeth.

The success rate of dental implants is around 95% and with proper care, they will last a lifetime. The prosthetic tooth/teeth may need to be replaced, but the implant itself should not.

Comfortable

Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Therefore, they are more comfortable than other tooth replacement options. Since the implant is placed directly in the bone, it allows your jaw to maintain flexibility and strength. Plus, since the implants are secured by the jawbone, you don’t have to worry about the prosthetic slipping and sliding around in your mouth and possibly falling out when you’re speaking.

Peace of Mind

Dental implants allow you to smile, laugh, eat, and speak confidently. You have peace of mind in knowing that your smile will always look great- especially since they are designed to last a lifetime.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you believe that dental implants may be the best solution for your tooth loss, schedule an appointment today with one of our providers near you. Esteem Dental Implants is a revolutionary, full-mouth tooth replacement option. We have a network of dental professionals that have been trained and certified in this full-mouth bridge procedure.

This tooth replacement solution can change your life in a day, providing you with a healthy, beautiful smile. If you want to smile, laugh, eat, and speak once again without worrying that someone will see your damaged teeth or know that you have fake teeth, consider Esteem Dental Implants.

The process is easy:

  • ● The dentist will meet with you and do a thorough exam, as well as explain how the procedure will go. If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to bring them up at this time.
  • ● The dentist will prepare your mouth for your Esteem Dental Implant Bridge.
  • ● Finally, 3 to 6 months later, your Esteem Dental Bridge will be placed, and the dentist will ensure that it fits perfectly and is comfortable. The bridge looks natural and is highly durable and stain resistant.

The office staff at the dental office you choose will work with your dental insurance provider to determine coverage. They will also work with you to create a payment plan or offer any financing options they have.

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What are Dental Implants?

When a child loses a baby tooth, it’s a time for celebration. However, if an adult loses a permanent tooth, there may be something more serious going on. If you are one of the millions of adults who are suffering from tooth loss, consider contacting the professionals at Esteem Dental Implants.

What Causes Permanent Teeth to Fall Out?

There are several reasons why you may be losing your permanent teeth. There may be some genetic reasons, or you may have experienced a traumatic injury or tooth decay.

Below are some of the most common reasons adults lose their teeth:

Gum Disease

The primary cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This is an infection in the gums. When gum disease reaches a point to where the alveolar bone is being destroyed, teeth will loosen and ultimately fall out or require extraction.

Tooth Decay

When left untreated, cavities destroy both the tooth as well as lead to infection in the jawbone.

Injury

Trauma can either knock the tooth out immediately or cause damage that may progress to the point where the tooth must ultimately be extracted. If you play sports, it’s best to use a mouthguard.

Fracture

Fractured teeth are often the result of bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. In some cases, a crown will work. However, depending on the location of the fracture and how deep it goes, the tooth may not respond to repair and may require extraction.

Risk Factors for Tooth Loss

Some of the risk factors for tooth loss in adults includes the following:

Poor oral hygiene

Patients who do not regularly practice good oral hygiene habits are more likely to develop bacteria including tartar and plaque which can ultimately cause tooth decay. By practicing proper oral hygiene, you can keep these problems at bay.

Not going to the dentist regularly

You should visit the dentist at least once, if not twice, yearly for a deep cleaning and exam. This will help prevent tartar and plaque buildup, as well as catch any potential issues early before they become a major issue.

Smoking

If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, you are more likely to develop gum disease that can result in tooth loss. It is especially important for smokers to visit the dentist on a regular basis.

Health issues

If you have health issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic health issues, your risk of developing gum disease increases. Therefore, it is especially important if you have these complications that you visit the dentist regularly.

Dental Implants are a Viable Option for Tooth Replacement

There are several options for tooth replacement, including dental implants, bridges, dentures, and more. Many patients prefer dental implants because they look, feel, and act the most like natural teeth.

A dental implant is an artificial structure that typically consists of three parts: implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is inserted into the patient’s jawbone and acts as a tooth root. It stimulates the jawbone so that it doesn’t disintegrate and serves as the support for the prosthetic tooth.

Below, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth and think dental implants may be the best solution for you, schedule your consultation with our team at Esteem Dental Implants.

Dental Implants Procedure

As mentioned, dental implants are a viable tooth replacement option. The implant itself is made of titanium and looks like a screw. The dental surgeon will drill a hole into the jawbone and insert the screw, which will ultimately be the supporting structure for the prosthetic tooth, or crown.

Once the implant is placed, you’ll be given several weeks or months to heal. During this time, the jawbone will osseointegrate around the screw, firmly holding it in place. After you have healed, an abutment will be placed, which is what the crown will be attached to.

The crown will be customized to fit your mouth. It will match the color of your natural teeth and will look, feel, and act like your natural teeth. If someone doesn’t know that you are missing teeth, they will never be able to tell the difference.

Advantages of Dental Implants

There are several advantages associated with dental implants, including the following:

Improves appearance

Since dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, they improve your smile and overall appearance. Plus, since they fuse with your jawbone, they are permanent. You don’t have to worry about any special instructions for keeping them clean.

Improves speech

When you are missing teeth, it affects the way you pronounce your words. If you opt for dentures as a tooth replacement solution and they don’t fit right, they may slip and slide around in your mouth- which can result in slurring or mumbling your words. Dental implants allow you to speak freely, as if you were not missing any teeth at all.

Comfortable

Since the implants fuse with your jawbone, they become a permanent part of your mouth, so you don’t have to worry about the discomfort of removable dentures.

Eating is easier

When you have dentures that slip and slide in your mouth, it can be difficult to eat- but dental implants don’t just look and feel like your natural teeth, they function like them as well. This means that you can still confidently enjoy your favorite foods.

Improved self-esteem

When you’re missing teeth, your confidence can be negatively impacted. However, dental implants improve your smile, and therefore your confidence.

Improved oral health

A dental bridge requires the reduction of other teeth to support the bridge. However, dental implants do not affect the surrounding teeth at all. This means more of your natural teeth are left intact, which improves your oral health. Plus, individual implants allow you to clean between your teeth, which improves oral hygiene.

Durable

Dental implants will last much longer than other tooth replacement options. In fact, with proper care and maintenance, they will last a lifetime.

Convenient

It’s not always easy or convenient to remove dentures to clean them. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about taking them out. Simply brush and floss them just like you would your natural teeth. Plus, you don’t have to worry about messy adhesives to hold them in place.

Risks of Dental Implants

That being said, it’s important to understand that dental implants are not the best solution for everyone. Since the implant must fuse with your jawbone, it’s important that the bone is healthy before undergoing implant surgery.

If you have any of the following, it is not safe for a dentist or oral surgeon to perform dental implant surgery on you:

  • ● An acute illness
  • ● Bone/soft tissue disease
  • ● Bone/soft tissue infection
  • ● Uncontrolled metabolic disease

If you are able to get these issues resolved, you may be eligible for dental implant surgery.

In some cases, dentist and oral surgeons will refuse to do dental implant surgery on people who:

  • ● Are heavy smokers
  • ● Grind or clench their teeth
  • ● Have behavioral issues
  • ● Have psychiatric disorders
  • ● Have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS
  • ● Have been diagnosed with diabetes (especially if uncontrolled)
  • ● Have osteoporosis

If individuals with the above conditions do undergo dental implant surgery, the risk of implant failure is increased. In addition, patients who are undergoing the following treatments have an increased risk of implant complications, so dentists and oral surgeons may also refuse dental implant surgery:

2 Types of Dental Implants

There are two types of dental implants:

Subperiosteal

The most common type of dental implants are endosteal. The oral surgeon will embed them into the jawbone, and each one can hold one or more prosthetic teeth.

Endosteal

The other type of dental implant is subperiosteal. This type of implant sits on top of the jawbone. This option is for those who don’t have much jawbone to work with.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Approximately 3 million people in the United States currently have dental implants. This number increases by approximately 500,000 each year. As long as the surgery is performed by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon, such as the team at Esteem Dental Implants, dental implant surgery is safe. It’s also important to note that this is the only tooth replacement option that stimulates the health and growth of the patient’s jawbone.

Potential Implant Surgery Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential complications during and following the surgery, including:

  • ● Nerve damage
  • ● Opening of incision after surgery
  • ● Implant infection
  • ● Implant movement
  • ● Implant exposure

Patients who have movement or exposure of their implant may require additional procedures to improve the health of gums and jawbone or to remove/replace the implant.

Indicators that the implant placement was not successful include the following:

  • ● Implant moves around a lot
  • ● Pus/secretion from surgical site
  • ● Pain when implant is tapped
  • ● Rapid bone loss

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium, screw-like device that is placed in your jawbone and becomes an artificial tooth root. Since it fuses with your jawbone, it’s not going to slip around, make noise, or cause damage to your jawbone the way dentures or fixed bridges might. If the following applies to you, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants:

  • ● If you are missing one or more teeth
  • ● If your jawbone has reached full growth (adults)
  • ● If you have enough jawbone density to support the implant or are healthy enough to undergo bone graft surgery
  • ● If your oral tissues are healthy
  • ● If you don’t have health problems that affect the healing of your jawbone
  • ● If you don’t want to or can’t wear dentures
  • ● If you want to improve your speech
  • ● If you are willing to invest several months from beginning to end of the procedure
  • ● If you do not smoke

Additional Procedures

Everyone is different and will likely have a different experience when it comes to dental implant placement. Some of the factors include:

  • ● How many teeth are being replaced
  • ● Where the implants are located within the jaw
  • ● The quality/quantity of bone at implant site
  • ● Underlying oral/overall health

As mentioned, some patients may require additional procedures, including:

Sinus Augmentation

In some cases, it’s difficult to place a dental implant in the upper jaw due to the sinuses.

The patient may require a sinus augmentation, also known as a sinus lift. This is a procedure that lifts the floor of the sinuses to allow more bone to develop to ensure the implant placement is successful.

Ridge Modification

Some patients have an abnormality in their jawbone that keeps the jawbone from developing enough to support a dental implant. In this case, the dentist or oral surgeon will need to perform a procedure known as ridge modification.

In this procedure, the gum is lifted to expose the deformed bone. Then, a bone or bone substitute will be added to repair/build up the bone. This will improve the jawbone quality to prepare for dental implant surgery.

How to Maintain Dental Implants

Once dental implants have been placed, it’s important to continue practicing proper oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly. Brush twice daily and floss at least once. Your prosthetic teeth require the same maintenance as your natural teeth.

In addition, you will be required to regularly follow up with your dentist or oral surgeon to ensure that the teeth and gums remain healthy. Schedule follow up visits at least annually, if not every six months.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are among the most expensive tooth replacement options. There are several factors involved in determining the cost of dental implant surgery, including:

  • ● The number of implants required
  • ● The type of implants used
  • ● The location of the implants in the jaw
  • ● Whether or not the patient requires additional procedures

When you come in for your initial consultation, we will be able to determine the actual cost of your surgery. In some cases, your dental insurance may cover at least a portion of the procedure.

Some other options, such as dentures or bridges may be less expensive, but these other options are harder to keep clean and typically don’t last as long- even with proper care and maintenance. This can make them more expensive in the long run. As long as you take proper care of your dental implants, you can get a better return on your investment.

Conclusion

While it’s exciting when a child loses their baby teeth, it’s not good when an adult loses a permanent one. There are lots of reasons why adults lose teeth- but you don’t have to live this way! If you are missing teeth, there are lots of options. One of the best solutions is dental implants. These looks, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They have a very high success rate and will last a lifetime if cared for properly.

If you’re interested in exploring more about this tooth replacement option, schedule your consultation with Esteem Dental Implants today. Click here to find a location near you!