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Dental Implants – Garden City

woman with bangs smilingWhether you’ve recently lost a tooth or have been dealing with the consequences of missing teeth for years, now is the right time to consider dental implants. These prosthetics offer advantages that other methods of tooth replacement—dentures or crown and bridge—simply cannot. Therefore, dental implants have become the gold standard. Read on for answers to common questions about dental implants.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Smiling coupleBelieve it or not, a dental implant works a lot like a natural tooth. The process begins when a small titanium post is surgically implanted in your jaw beneath the socket of a missing tooth. As you heal from this minor surgery, the post and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a sturdy foundation. Once we’re certain the bond is secure, a beautiful restoration is attached to the post.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

X-ray of dental implantFrom your point-of-view, the most important benefit of a dental implant is how natural it will look. No metal brackets are showing and no dentures will slip. Also, dental implants require the same oral hygiene care as your own teeth.

From the perspective of your dentist, there are a number of other benefits. First, dental implants help to prevent bone loss in your jaw. Every time you bite, the post stimulates the bone so healthy new tissue is always growing. Secondly, dental implants are very sturdy, so you can eat whatever you like to maintain a nutritious diet.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Smiling coupleDental implants may initially cost a bit more than other tooth replacement options, but over the long haul they may actually end up costing less because of their longevity. The type of prep work required before you get dental implants and the number required will also affect the final cost.

Dental insurance plans often cover a portion of the cost of the restoration, so be sure to check the details of your coverage.

What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

implant in toothDental implant surgery has a 98 percent success rate, so the odds are well in your favor! There a few people who have risk factors—such as patients who smoke or those who have diabetes—that may make healing difficult. However, Dr. Sherman will be happy to conduct an examination of your teeth and gums in order to make a determination about whether or not dental implants are right for you.

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