Implant Dentistry: The Costs and Benefits of Dental Implants
By Dr. Jerry Abells
What is Implant Dentistry?
What is Implant dentistry? You’ve probably heard of it before (its not a new discovery or ability within the world of dentistry) but perhaps you aren’t fully certain of what exactly implant dentistry is or how it may benefit you. Let us fill you in!
Implant dentistry originally started back in approximately 1950 and is the practice of inserting a manmade, root shaped titanium structure into the jaw bone that allowed for either single or multiple tooth replacement and denture support.
In a nutshell, dental implants are artificial roots that are used to help restore & replace missing teeth. The process has evolved greatly since the 50s and has played a integral role in restoring smiles more permanently.
Implant Dentistry at Advanced Dental Arts
Both myself & Dr. Jacob were trained in California in the art of dental implants (Dr. Jacob was even lucky enough to train with Dr. Niznick, an early pioneer in the dental implant world). Our experience with implant dentistry goes back over 30 years, and we’ve had the chance to work with oral surgeons and periodontists to more permanently restore the smiles of those who previously were missing teeth.
Dental Implant Cost
Dental implants can vary in both timeline and costs. For some patients, we can turn around an implant and have teeth in a day, while in more complex cases it can be more like 4-5 months of time. Typical fees for a single implant involving surgery (i.e. an implant) and a crown can range from $3,800 to $5,000. The best candidates for this type of work are those who are healthy, don’t smoke or have uncontrolled diabetes. We always take the time to ensure that each patient fully understands the timelines, costs and concerns associated with their individual case.
Benefits of Dental Implants
One of my most memorable cases was when a I placed a lower screwed in denture into one of my patients and that allowed her to eat steak and corn on the cob for the first time in over 15 years. It may seem silly to those reading this, but even something as simple as eating steak and corn on the cob can be celebrated.
As always, the best way to avoid costly dental procedures and maintain good oral health is by visiting your dental health professional regularly and maintaining proper oral care at home.