Do you need to replace one or more teeth at a time? You’ll find that while there are many options to consider, only one solution can effectively replace your tooth all the way down to the root. This is through dental implants, which is quickly becoming the new standard for tooth replacement in dentistry. Their durable materials, effective integration, and esthetics make them most natural-looking and feeling option out there. To see if dental implants are right for you, give Dr. Lippard a call today!
Dental implants specifically consist of two main components: the titanium post that replaces the root portion of your smile and the crown that acts as the visible section of your tooth. In many cases, an abutment will also be placed inside of the implant, which provides better stability to the restoration. After the implant has healed and the crown is placed, your replacement tooth should feel almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Unlike other tooth replacements, dental implants replace the entire tooth structure. This essentially means you can expect many of your tooth’s functions to come back once the implant has fully integrated. For example, you can expect a stronger biting force, improved blood flow (which keeps facial tissue taut and youthful) and the longest-lasting replacement tooth with the best long-term value. Keep in mind that dental implants typically last 30 years and longer because of their integration with bone tissue.
During your consultation, we’ll perform a detailed examination of your mouth to confirm if you can receive dental implants. While not everyone is eligible for treatment, advancements in implant dentistry have made it possible for more and more patients to be candidates. If you are missing one or more teeth, you have good overall oral health, and your gum tissue is healthy, you’re far more likely to be able to receive dental implants.
To replace a single tooth, a titanium implant post is placed inside of the jaw and given several months to heal. This process is known as osseointegration. After the implant is integrated, you’ll come back to our office to have a permanent restoration placed on top. We always use porcelain crowns for dental implants so you don’t have to sacrifice your appearance just to replace teeth.
To replace multiple teeth at a time, a pair of dental implants can be placed inside of the jaw in order to hold a larger restoration. In this case, that would be an implant-retained bridge. Traditionally, dental bridges require the removal of tooth enamel so they can act as anchors for the permanent restoration (much like how dental crowns do.) However, because the implants do all of the heavy lifting, you can retain more of your original tooth enamel in the process.
Do you need to several or all teeth in a given arch? With several dental implants throughout the arch, we can place a customized implant-retained denture designed to fit inside your mouth like a puzzle piece. The result is a full or partial denture that offers a more stable fit and better longevity. You can replace either the top or bottom arch with your new restoration.
As part of your implant treatment, Dr. Lippard partners with some of the most experienced oral surgeons in Charlottesville. This ensures that you receive not only a comprehensive dental implant treatment, but that your tooth replacement is nothing but successful every step of the way. Once your implant has been placed and had a chance to heal, you’ll come back to our office to have the permanent restoration placed.
If the cost of dental implants in Charlottesville seems intimidating at first, keep in mind that this treatment offers benefits that traditional alternatives do not. While dentures or bridges need to be replaced every 5-10 years or so, dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper maintenance. This makes them a one-time investment as opposed to other options that you must pay to get repaired or replaced. Many factors go into the cost of your dental implants. We’ll give you a better idea at your consultation, but here’s a basic breakdown of what you can expect.
Some patients may not initially be candidates for dental implants and will require preparatory treatments, such as bone grafting to strengthen the jawbone or periodontal therapy to treat gum disease. While these procedures are necessary to give your new teeth a healthy foundation, they will increase your overall treatment cost.
It’s also worth mentioning that because Dr. Lippard does not place dental implants himself, you’ll have to visit an outside specialist for the procedure. Because of this, there may be a separate fee to pay for the surgery. However, it will be worth it to get your dental implants in Charlottesville placed by a highly trained expert.
The cost of your treatment will vary based on your specific needs. For example, if you only need to replace one tooth, you’ll pay less than you would for a full denture supported by several implants. Additionally, the implants and abutments (small metal connector pieces that secure your restoration onto the implants) can be made of various materials, all of which come with their own unique cost.
Similarly, the type of restoration you need to complete your smile will also impact your overall cost. Generally, the more teeth you have to replace, the higher the price of your restoration. A dental crown that tops a single implant will cost less than a partial denture or bridge that replaces several missing teeth, which will cost less than a full denture that rebuilds an entire arch. Your implant dentist in Charlottesville can go over all of this pricing information during your consultation.
Dental insurance typically does not cover dental implants, but there are often exceptions. Many of our team members have years of experience maximizing patients’ insurance benefits, so we’ll gladly look over your plan to find out if you qualify for any coverage. We are even in-network with many popular dental insurance providers, including Delta Dental, Cigna, and MetLife.
Keep in mind that even if your insurance won’t pay for the implants themselves, they may cover other parts of the treatment, such as the restoration or preliminary treatments like gum disease therapy.
Do you still need assistance fitting dental implants into your budget? Worry not – our team is here to help! We can help you apply for affordable financing through CareCredit. This company lets you break up the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly payments. Most of these plans come with little or even no interest for qualified patients!
A dental implant is unique to any other treatment because it rebuilds a tooth from the root up. A titanium implant post serves as a new root that your jaw will fuse to through a process called osseointegration. After your bone has healed, a special fixture is placed on the post to connect your custom-made restoration. Your new tooth will look and feel natural for an investment in your oral health and confidence.