Dental Implant Resources

Dental Implants Cost and Candidacy

The cost of dental implants depends on many factors, including the type of implantation, the dentist experience performing the procedure, the location where the implant placement surgery is performed, the dental implant and graft material used and the amount of dental insurance you have (usually $1,000 to $1,500 yearly maximum).

Traditional single implant surgery may range in cost from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the aforementioned factors. The cost of full-mouth reconstructive dental implant surgery can range from $24,000 to $46,000.

Payment plans are usually serviced by a third-party financing company like CareCredit. Click here to apply. We will work with qualified candidates to help their process with the financing company to develop a monthly payment plan that best fits their budget.

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Advantages of Dental Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts, such as crowns and bridges that are cemented into place, or dentures that are removable.

Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. When used to support a dental bridge or dental crown because multiple teeth are missing, dental implants represent a cavity-resistant and stable foundation for these restorations. Although there are many restorative options for replacing missing teeth, none have proven as functionally effective and durable as dental implants.

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Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?

To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, visit us for a consultation. Training in implant surgery is offered by private organizations that may be completed by anybody over the course of a single week-end, but medical organizations such as the American Academy of Periodontology offer more extensive training. Since dental implant placement is a type of oral surgery, it is important to ensure that the dental specialist has the experience and training required for this sensitive procedure.

Dental implantation, which is performed to replace missing teeth, can be done any time after adolescence or when bone growth is complete. Certain medical conditions, such as active diabetes, cancer or periodontal disease, may require additional treatment before the implant procedure can be performed.

To determine if implants are right for you, Dr. Cordini will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and evaluate bone density and quantity. This may involve X-rays and computed tomography scans (CT scans) to ensure there is sufficient bone structure for placing the implant(s), and to determine exactly where the implant should be placed.

Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene and personal habits, and commitment to follow aftercare instructions, your dentist will advise you of the most appropriate dental implant treatment plan. Some patients with insufficient bone or gum tissue require advanced bone or soft tissue graft surgeries and/or the use of small diameter implants (also called mini implants).

If you are a smoker who is considering a dental implant, your dentist will likely advise you to quit before undergoing the dental implant procedure because smokers face a higher risk of implant failure. A higher implant failure rate also occurs in people who take immuno-suppressants and who are poorly controlled diabetics.

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Success Rates of Dental Implants

Dental implants are among the most successful procedures in dentistry. Although there is no guarantee that a dental implant procedure will be successful, studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants and 90 percent for upper jaw implants. The success rate for upper jaw implants is slightly lower because the upper jaw (especially the back area) is less dense than the lower jaw, making successful implantation and osseointegration potentially more difficult to achieve. Implant placement at the back of the lower jaw has the highest success rate for all dental implants.

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Dental Implant Risks

Dental implants may fail for a number of reasons, but the cause often is related to a failure in the osseointegration process. For example, if the implant is surrounded by low quality bone, or is chewed with prematurely osseointegration may not take place. Dental implants may break (extremely rare), the site in which they were placed may become infected, or the crown restoration on top of the implant may become loose.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to peri-implantitis around dental implants, a disease that is similar to the development of periodontitis (severe gum disease) around a natural tooth. However, dental implant restorations are not susceptible to cavities the way natural teeth are.

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Dental Implant Dentistry: New Procedural Strategies

Dentists trained to perform implants, crowns and/or surgery have begun to immediately place dental implants into locations where teeth have been extracted. When successful, this approach can shed months off the treatment time associated with dental implants because the osseointegration process is accelerated.

Candidacy for this type of early intervention depends upon the anatomy of the tooth extraction area. For example, in many cases the extracted tooth site is wider than the implant, making it impossible to place the implant into the site immediately after extraction. Bone or soft tissue grafting would be required to ensure a secure implant fit and placement.

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Implant Alternatives: Mini Dental Implants

Another strategy for implant placement within narrow spaces is the incorporation of the mini implant. Also, a narrower implant may best serve patients who require stabilization of lower jaw dentures and have very little jawbone left. Jaws without teeth shrink in time and make traditional implant placement more difficult and expensive. A small number of narrower implants are FDA-approved for the purpose of prosthesis stabilization, including the mini dental implant.

There are some core differences between traditional implants and mini implants:

  • Mini implants are approximately¬†one fourth¬†the width of their traditional counterparts.
  • The implant is not fully submerged during a narrow implant procedure.
  • Due to the small size (that of a toothpick) means bone grafting is not necessary.
  • Mini implants are less costly.
  • Although a traditional implant works best, if options are limited; the mini implant is an excellent back up solution for denture wearers!
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