Procedures > Dental Implants
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed
into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental
implants are an ideal option for those who are in good general
oral health but have experienced the loss of a tooth or
teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or another
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually
more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants
do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you
may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence
about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both
personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile
because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures
don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile,
speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is
good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look
and feel just like your own!
Under proper conditions, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term
studies continue to show improving long-term success rates
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for
replacing one or more teeth. Made of biocompatible materials,
they function as supportive anchors for traditional forms
of dentistry, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. Many
of our patients tell us that dental implants have changed
their lives becuase:
Because the tooth's root AND its crown is replaced, implant-mounted
replacement teeth are much stronger, more comfortable and
last much longer in most cases than dentures, bridges or
single crowns. In fact, dental implants directly stimulate
the jawbone which helps prevent bone loss, chronic denture
sores and other problems sometimes associated with dentures.
Implants support teeth and they look, feel and work just
like real teeth. Many patients say their self-confidence
is enhanced because of the permanence and security of their
Patients who have had dentures or bridges (or missing teeth)
enjoy being able to eat and chew again without pain or irritation.
Foods that were forbidden are now back in the diet.
No more denture adhesives, which often taste or smell bad.
Dental implants can actually improve the taste of food.
With less plastic covering the roof of your mouth with dentures,
implants give you the freedom to enjoy a wider variety of
Dental implants can help maintain the bone structure in
your face and support your facial tissues.
How are Dental Implants placed?
In most cases, this is a two-part process. During the initial
phase, a titanium implant about the size of a natural tooth
root is placed directly into the jawbone. The implant is
then covered with gum tissue and allowed to bond with the
bone for three to six months. A temporary removable tooth
or denture is usually fitted to fill the space above the
gum where the permanent tooth will eventually go.
Your temporary tooth will look natural so that you can
feel good about your smile from your very first appointment.
The second phase takes place after the implant has securely
bonded to the bone. A post is attached and then a permanent
crown is placed on it.
The result is a replacement tooth that looks and acts very
similar to the original. Replacement teeth are cared for
in the exact same manner as natural teeth: regular brushing,
flossing and professional cleaning are all that's needed.
Does it hurt to get implants done?
We find that a surprising number of our implant patients
neither need nor want pain medicine. Most common and minor
post-implant problems such as swelling, and moderate discomfort
typically clear up within a few days.
For the placement of an implant, Dr. Benjamin will numb
the area or use sedation so there won't be any discomfort.
When you leave the office, you will be given appropriate
medications to manage any temporary discomfort.
Costs for Dental Implants
Initially, some patients might feel dental implants are
expensive. However, they represent a more permanent and
natural solution than dentures and partials. Thus, there
is a greater initial investment, but the results are much
longer-lasting. Independent surveys of implant patients
show that they felt the investment was worth every penny
and would do it again!
As far as actual costs, each case is different. Cost is
a function of your particular needs. After a complete examination,
Dr. Benjamin will determine the best treatment alternative(s)
for you. From there, you can specifically address the question
of cost and be helped with financial arrangements regarding