Dental Implant Supported Restorations
Traditionally, replacement teeth only restore those parts of the tooth that are visible when you smile. This is important as these parts of the teeth are essential to a patient’s ability to speak clearly and chew a variety of foods. However, below the gum line, the tooth’s roots are doing important work. Tooth roots support teeth and hold them in place, but they also stimulate the jawbone and gum tissue. This maintains the bone density and gum tissue volume that shapes the face. Without tooth roots, only half your smile is restored. That’s why dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular tooth replacement options available. If you’re interested in learning more about dental implant supported tooth replacement options, contact Fox Creek Family Dental in Longmont to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll review all of your treatment options, and partner with you to create a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small metal post. Most implants are crafted from high quality titanium as this metal is proven to be biocompatible and improves the chances for successful implantation and integration. Once successfully placed, a dental implant post will mimic the root systems of teeth by supporting replacement teeth and stimulating jawbone density and gum tissue volume.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
The surgical dental implant placement is actually not as invasive as many patients assume. We begin by numbing the area to be treated. Then, we make a small incision in the gum tissue and position an implant post. Once in place, a protective cap is attached to the top of your implant. This cap protects the implant as it fuses with the gum and bone tissue, and it retains the shape of the gums to accommodate the attachment of your replacement tooth or teeth. Following the surgical placement of your implant post or posts, you’ll need to wait three to six months to allow the implant to fully fuse with the supportive tissues to ensure your replacement tooth or teeth will remain firmly in place.
How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
That will depend in large part on the number and location of your missing teeth. You can typically expect the following:
- Single implant post – one dental implant can be used to support a single dental crown to replace one tooth, or in some cases, two fused together dental crowns to replace two consecutive teeth.
- Two implant posts – for two to four consecutive teeth, at least two dental implants will be placed, one at each end, of a fixed bridge restoration.
- Three to six implant posts – for more advanced tooth loss or to replace nonconsecutive missing teeth, an implant supported partial or full denture will be recommended. Dentures use a gum colored base material to support numerous teeth or a full row of teeth. Partials fill gaps in smiles and full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. Both partial and full dentures are held in position by three to six strategically positioned implant posts.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
The majority of dental insurance providers still do not cover the cost of dental implant posts or their surgical placement. However, other aspects of the treatment are covered by many benefit plans, including the costs of preparatory tooth extractions, dental sedation, and the replacement tooth or teeth. We’ll maximize your coverage for these procedures and help you fit implant placement and restoration into your budget.