Types of dental implants
The surgeons at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are experts at dental implant surgeries near Vancouver in Camas, WA. If you are looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss, dental implants are the closest tooth restoration option available to a natural tooth. Unlike more traditional options such as bridges or dentures, implants replace your entire tooth, from root to crown. Replacing the entire tooth, including the root, prevents bone loss and dental shifting from occurring, preserving your oral health for years to come.
Our oral surgeons are members of the American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, which means they are experts at implant surgeries. ASIRD membership is reserved for implant specialists with the highest standards of patient care, and our surgeons put patients at the center of everything we do. To learn more about our practice’s standards, feel free to contact our office near Vancouver, WA, or one of our other offices for more information.
What are dental implants?
They are a three-part tooth replacement option that permanently replaces one or more of your missing teeth. The three parts are explained in more detail below:
- The post is the base of your dental implants. Posts are made of medical-grade titanium that fuses with your jaw bone to create a strong foundation for your new tooth/teeth.
- An abutment piece will be attached to the post. This piece acts as a connector between the post and your new replacement teeth.
- Your new replacement teeth are the final part of the process. Your dentist will custom-make your crowns or multi-tooth replacements to look just like healthy natural teeth.
Benefits of Receiving Dental Implants
They are changing people’s lives by providing permanent, functional, and natural-looking tooth replacements with no uncomfortable or inconvenient removable parts. A few of the benefits they provide are listed below:
- They are good for your overall oral health. By preventing bone loss, dental shifting, and other problems, dental implants can preserve your oral health for years to come.
- They are a permanent solution to tooth loss. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, unlike other tooth replacement options that require replacement after years of wear.
- They are the closest replacement option to a natural, healthy tooth. They will look and feel just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods and smile without worry.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of a dental implant varies. Many patients feel dental implants are worth the investment due to its affordability, longevity, and overall value. Several factors determine the price, including:
- Number of implants needed.
- Additional procedures, such as extraction or bone grafting.
- Choice of anesthesia.
- Details of insurance.
Who can receive dental implants?
They are a good option for patients who are healthy enough to undergo outpatient dental surgeries. Generally, patients must have an adequate amount of bone left in their dental arch to securely receive implants, but even if you have experienced bone loss, our oral surgeons may be able to restore your jaw using bone grafting procedures. When you come to one of our offices for a consultation, your oral surgeon will review your situation and discuss all of your options for tooth restoration before proceeding with treatment.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Every patient is unique, and your procedure will be tailored to address your specific condition and your overall goals for treatment. In general, the entire implant process is a joint effort between you, your oral surgeon, and your dentist. Most patients will have a consultation appointment, an implant placement procedure, and a final office visit to place the permanent crowns and complete the treatment process.
The consultation appointment will allow your surgeon to fully understand your condition before forming your treatment plan. If necessary, your surgeon will take 3D imaging of your mouth. These high-quality images allow your surgeon to create custom surgical guides, which ensure that your procedure is as accurate and efficient as possible. The imaging can also prevent any surprises during your procedure, making the entire process safer. If you have any questions about your treatment plan, the consultation appointment is the perfect time to discuss them with your oral surgeon.
Your next appointment will be the implant placement procedure, where your surgeon will place your implants directly into your empty tooth sockets. Your implants may be pre-loaded with the abutments and replacement teeth, but most patients have these attached at a later appointment. Once your anesthesia has worn off, your designated driver will bring you home to rest.
If your replacement teeth were not already placed, you will visit your dentist after a healing period, usually several weeks to a few months. This healing period allows the bone surrounding your implants to heal and create a secure foundation for your new teeth. Many patients choose to have their dentist make temporary teeth to wear so that they don’t have to go without teeth during this healing period. Your oral surgeon will discuss the entire implant process in more detail and go over all of your treatment options when you come in for your consultation.
Where can I get dental implants near Vancouver, WA?
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are experts in dental implant procedures and the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Our office near Vancouver, WA, is equipped with the most advanced and reliable tools available, allowing our team to provide you with the best possible care. To learn more about our practice and the procedures we offer, feel free to contact one of our offices for more information.