Missing teeth can be a problem. They can make it harder to eat, can impact the overall structure of the jaw, and can also be unsightly. Replacing lost teeth can help make a person’s life more comfortable, and help to enhance their smile. 

One of the newest methods of replacing lost teeth is dental implants. Dental implants are screwed into the jawbone, making a secure tooth replacement that will last for more than a decade in most cases. There are 4 main types of dental implant to choose from:

  • Single Tooth Replacements

As the name suggests, these are single implants that are used to replace a single tooth.

  • Implant-Supported Bridges

This type of implant consists of two implants that are used to support a bridge. Implant-supported bridges are typically used when several adjacent teeth need to be replaced.

  • Immediate Implants

Immediate implants are those that are added as soon as the natural tooth is removed. Although often preferred for their convenience, the patient will need to have sufficient, healthy jaw bone for this option to be used. 

  • Full Arch Restoration and Dentures

These implants are used when all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw need to be replaced. Several implants are screwed into the jawbone to keep the new arch supported. 

Procedure

The exact procedure can vary, but the procedure typically follows 8 steps:

  1. Examination and planning
  2. Tooth extraction
  3. Bone grafting
  4. Implant placement
  5. Temporary crown placement
  6. Healing
  7. Abutment
  8. Permanent crown placement

Cost

The cost of dental implants varies according to the exact procedure and how many teeth need replacing. It also varies according to which state you live in with the cost usually being higher in large cities. 

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