Dental Implants – Ballston Spa, NY
Tooth Replacement for the 21st Century
Much like our practice, dental implants go above and beyond what you might expect. Rather than just bringing back the visible part of the tooth (the crown), it also restores the root structure underneath. This creates a prosthetic that is much more similar to a real tooth when it comes to appearance, strength, and durability compared to traditional bridges and dentures. We can use implants to replace any number of teeth. To learn more about their many health benefits, read on below.
Why Choose Frederick Dreher, DDS, PC for Dental Implants?
- Custom Treatment Plans Made with CBCT Scanner
- 100% Biocompatible Materials Used
- Highly Trained & Experience Holistic Dentist
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is actually a small post (usually made of titanium) that is placed directly into the jawbone where a tooth used to reside. Once there, a process called osseointegration takes place, in which the bone naturally fuses with the implant, making it extremely stable. Then, we can place a crown, bridge, or denture on top of it. Dental implants are the only treatment that replaces both portions of a tooth from top to bottom.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
- Initial Dental Implant Consultation: Are dental implants right for you? We’ll help you answer this question after talking about your health goals and performing an exam at an initial consultation.
- Dental Implant Surgery: If you decide to proceed, we’ll schedule you for surgery. This involves numbing you, making a small incision in the gums, and positioning the implant(s) within the jawbone.
- Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment: Over the next three to six months, your mouth will heal, and the implants with fuse with your jaw. When the implants are fully secure, we’ll connect an abutment to them, which will be used to attach your final restorations.
- Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s): Your new teeth will be placed on your implants, and your rejuvenated smile will be ready for the world.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several advantages for your oral and overall health over other tooth replacement options:
- Because they sit within the bone and not on top of the gums, they are more comfortable and prevent irritation.
- They have the potential to last for several decades.
- They don’t rely on the neighboring teething for support, preserving your natural enamel.
- Implant roots stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from shrinking over time.
- Because implants are so stable, they allow you to eat many nutritious foods that regular bridges and dentures can’t handle (like fibrous vegetables and cooked/dried meats).
Who Can Dental Implants Help?
Anyone with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants, whether they need just one tooth replaced or all of them. It’s important that a patient have decent oral health and enough jawbone to hold the new roots, but we’ll make sure this is the case before the surgery. Depending on your situation, the implant process can be adjusted to meet your particular needs.
Missing One Tooth
Rather than cutting down multiple teeth to make room for a bridge, we can place a single implant topped with a custom-made crown to close a gap. The crown itself will be shaped to match with the rest of your teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Single implants can be placed throughout the mouth, and for consecutive missing teeth, just two implants can support a bridge. This approach allows us to preserve your remaining teeth, plus implant bridges are shown to last longer and be more stable than regular bridges.
Missing All of Your Teeth
It only takes four to six implants placed along the jaw to anchor a full denture in place. Implant dentures are much stronger than removable ones, and because implants keep the jawbone healthy, the denture is virtually guaranteed to maintain its fit for several years.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
It’s important to understand that because the dental implant procedure can vary quite a bit from patient to patient, the cost is always different as well. The number of implants needed, the kind of restoration required, and things like CBCT scans and sedation can all factor into the overall price. We’ll discuss all of this at your consultation so you’ll know what to expect. Plus, we can go over financing options to ensure your new teeth are easily affordable.