Dental implants are one of a few ways to replace one or several missing teeth. Dental implants are typically made from titanium, which is the same material used for plates, rods, and screws to correct bone fractures. Titanium is generally biocompatible, which means that it is not harmful to live tissues. Dental implants are a permanent substitution for the root of the tooth that was removed. The implant will house the abutment, which is a connector from the implant to the crown, which resembles natural teeth.

How long does the dental implant procedure take at Boulder Valley Dental Center?

Depending on the situation, implants typically take 5-10 months. This process is usually broken up into 3 dental office visits. 

 

Evaluation and Preparation

This includes everything from tooth extraction to bone grafting (if needed.) A CT Scan is performed, and our implant dentist will evaluate the existing dentition along with the bone structure at the dental implant site. If bone grafting is necessary, the first part of the process will take 3 to 6 months. Bone grafting is generally needed if a tooth has been missing for a long time.

 

Root Placement

During the second step, the artificial root is embedded in the bone and allowed to heal, and the healing time is 3 to 6 months. No other load bearing medical implant has as rapid healing or recovery times.

 

Crown Placement

An artificial tooth or crown is placed on the artificial root that was previously fixed to your jaw, and your new tooth or teeth are created to ensure that they are the right size, shape, and color for your mouth.

What is the downside of having dental implants placed?

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” to replace a missing tooth, however, there are some downsides to consider when deciding if implants are right for you. Some of these include:

  • Dental implant placement isn’t for everyone. There are a set of criteria that need to be met in order for you to have the best possible outcome. Some contraindications include active periodontal disease, poor bone quality, uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, the use of bisphosphonates and or jaw radiation therapy.
  • Dental implants take many visits and extended period of time from the time of losing the tooth to     the completion of the procedure. It can take 5-10 months, and potentially longer if the bone is not sufficient to support the implant.
  • Dental implants are usually the most costly option for tooth replacement.
  • Dental implants require oral surgery. With that comes with more risks and complications. These can include implant failure and bone loss, nerve damage, sinus perforation, pain, swelling, and bleeding after the surgery.

How long do dental implants last?

There are many factors to consider when discussing the longevity of dental implants. Typically speaking, dental implants have about a 90-95% success rate over a 10-year period. The dental crown may need to be replaced sooner than the implant failing itself. While implants are designed to last a lifetime, they can be compromised by gum disease. Preventative care, good oral hygiene and regular visits to our Louisville, CO dental office for professional cleanings are the best way to prevent gum disease, which may cause the loss of remaining teeth.

What is the average cost of a dental implant at Boulder Valley Dental Center?

Depending on the location of the practice, dental implants can range from $3,500-$5,000 per tooth, which includes the abutment and crown. If dental implant placement requires a dental bone graft or ridge augmentation is required to place an implant, the prices may vary.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

It depends on the individual dental plan. Think of dental insurance as a $1,500 coupon. Yes, dental insurance plans usually reimburse a portion of dental implant procedures.  You may expect your dental insurance to coverage up to $1,500 a year for your dental visits. We are happy to provide you a complimentary dental benefits check during your first visit to our office. 

Would you like to schedule an appointment?

 Call our dental Louisville, CO dental office to schedule an appointment and see how your life can change with dental implants.

 

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