Why Dental Implants?
People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium (the same material used in many replacement hips and knees), a metal that is well suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
Why Dr. Gordon?
Dr. Gordon has over 22 years working with implants. We have the knowledge to give patients the outcome and smile they deserve. We understand that as you want a place you can trust. Not only for the surgical placement of an implant, but years of care afterwards. Dr. Gordon has had a private practice in Austin for over 22 years, and will continue to be there for the future of your health.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to 10 years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically outlive you.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
What is the Implant Procedure?
The procedure for an implant can range from simple placement to teeth being taken out and bone replacement. For a single back tooth the timing is 4 – 6 months.
Teeth in a day does not include the final crowns or dentures. An implant and a temporary can be completed in most front teeth or the All on 4 procedures.
See the following example for the average timing for a back tooth:
Extraction, bone grafting, implant placement
Impression for crown
Final crown placement
Often the sinuses will enlarge in size following loss of the upper back teeth. This often will preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth since the sinus is an air filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that replaces the sinus cavity into its original position and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Occasionally, areas where dental implants are to ideally be placed do not have sufficient bone quantity to predictably place the dental implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth to graft into the deficient area. Often the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone from around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
Implants (replaces the root portion of a tooth, below the gum) can run between $1,500 – $4,000 dollars. This is typically depending on the following:
Our average implant cost $2600. This includes extraction, grafting, imaging, and oral sedation. The tooth that goes on top of the implant is called a crown. The cost of the crown depends on some of the same factors as the cost of the implant. the average cost of an implant crown is $1500 – $3500.
Our average cost is $1900. This includes the crown and abutment (part that connects to the implant). We offer all of the above procedures with the use of latest technology in implants and dentistry – All in one office.
Our costs can be managed because we have state of the art equipment in our office. This includes the imaging (cone beam), all surgical procedures, and the ability to make the crowns and abutments with Cerec.