Dental implants are one of the most ingenious tools at a dentist’s disposal. They can be used to replace a single tooth from the root up, or even hold a full arch denture in place for maximum support and stability.
You’ve likely heard of dental implants at some point, but do you know what they are, exactly? How do dental implants work? What is the cost of dental implants in Braselton, GA? Read below to find out more.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root. It takes the form of a small screw, typically made out of titanium or ceramic. The implant is inserted into the jaw where a tooth root used to be, and over time fuses to the bone. Once the implant is securely in place, a restoration is placed on top.
A dental implant restoration typically has three components:
- The dental implant itself, implanted into the jaw.
- An abutment – a small connecting piece that sits in the implant and allows a restoration to be attached.
- Then a crown is placed onto the abutment.
It’s also common to hear the term dental implant used to refer to the entire restoration, but technically speaking the implant is strictly the artificial tooth root.
What Are Dental Implants Used For?
Dental Implants can be used for a variety of restorative dental purposes.
A single dental implant can be used to support a single dental crown, and together form a replacement for a single missing tooth.
A dental bridge, made of several crowns together in a row, can also be supported on a single implant. In this way, a patient can effectively replace two or three missing teeth using a single implant.
Using as few as four dental implants, an entire arch of missing teeth can be replaced. This is known as an implant-supported denture, whereby a denture is connected to the implants for greater support and stability. Braselton Smile Studio provides implant supported dentures in Braselton, GA. We also serve Buford, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Dacula, Winder, Gaineville and surrounding areas.
Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are a multi-stage process.
An initial consultation will first determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants in Braselton, GA. (see below).
Once it has been determined a dental implant is a good fit, detailed digital x-rays and 3D scans are taken of the jaw to determine the best placement. Part of the effectiveness of dental implants is due to their precise placement, to ensure the best support without risking nerves or other sensitive areas in the bone.
After the implant site is determined, surgery can begin. If necessary, any teeth that need to be removed are taken out. The dental implant is then inserted into the jaw, and the gum is sutured. The jawbone is allowed to grow around and fuse to the implant for several weeks. Once the implant is secure, the gum is reopened and the restoration is attached.
Some dental implants allow for same-day restoration, where the restoration can be placed the same day the implant is inserted. Our dentist at our Braselton, GA location would determine if a same day restoration would be beneficial.
Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants in Braselton, GA can change quite a bit depending on how they’re going to be used.
For example, a single tooth restoration, using an implant and crown, can cost around $3-$4,000. Implant-supported dentures can cost $25,000-$45,000.
Factors that will influence the cost of dental implants include:
- Whether teeth need to be extracted as part of the surgery.
- How many implants are being placed at a time.
- The type of restoration being placed on the implant.
- The material used to make the restoration being placed on the implant.
The best way to find out how much a dental implant will cost is to have a consultation with a dentist at our Braselton, GA location. They’ll be able to examine your exact circumstances, assess your precise needs, and put together a treatment plan with more accurate numbers. At Braselton Smile Studio, we are known for providing clear pricing and financing options that fit your needs. We are proud to be able to serve patients in Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Winder, and surrounding areas.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants are suitable for those who are missing one or more permanent teeth, who are in otherwise good overall health.
There are several contra-indicators for receiving dental implants. These include, but are not strictly limited to:
- Your general suitability for surgery. Conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems that would make you an at-risk candidate for surgery may also make you unsuitable for dental implants.
- Patients who smoke are not always good candidates for dental implants. Smoking greatly increases the risk of oral infections, which can have disastrous results after any sort of oral surgery.
- If there is insufficient bone volume in the jawbone, a dental implant can’t be placed. This may be because the tooth has been missing for too long, or there was severe periodontitis, or other conditions which may affect bone volume.
As with the cost of dental implants, a consultation with a dentist at our Braselton, GA location is the best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Some patients who might not be suitable immediately, may be able to make themselves better suited at a later date. The team at Braselton Smile Studio is eager to help you with your dental implant needs. Request an appointment at our Braselton location today.
Author: Dr. Oluyemi Workman
Dr. Oluyemi Workman is the owner and founder of Braselton Smile Studio in Braselton Georgia. Her mission for Braselton Smile Studio is simple – treat her patients like family and provide a wonderful dental experience for her patients.