Supported Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures
Much has been made in the news recently of dental implants. While the public has only been widely aware of this option to replace missing teeth for a few years, their development and use in dentistry actually began in the mid 1960’s. We now have a 50 year record of success for these versatile tooth replacements.
Implants can be used to replace most missing teeth, and provide a platform to replace a single tooth, several missing teeth, or even the entire upper or lower arch when no teeth are present. Our practice does not place the implant itself, instead drawing on some of the excellent specialists in our area to perform the surgery. Once they have healed, we can create the restorations to provide a highly esthetic smile, and a highly functional dentition.
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FAQ’s on Dental Implants
Dental implants can be an expensive option to replace missing teeth. That being said, no other method or replacing teeth has the potential to last you the rest of your life. The cost of the implant procedure itself can only be determined by the specialist placing the implant. Our fee for the implant retained crown is about 20% higher than our standard crown fee, and can vary slightly due to differing lab costs. In a general sense, the fees to replace a single tooth with and implant and crown are approximately the same as the fees for a fixed cemented bridge to replace the same tooth.
In the late 1990’s, a long term study was conducted of the first patients given dental implants 30 years earlier. Of the patients still living, over 80% still had their implants. These implants were crude by today’s standards. One current study found the average lifespan of an implant to be 25 years, noting that that duration would increase as the patients with implants lived longer. With current implant technology, it is more likely to have implant failure due to secondary factors, such as uncontrolled diabetes, smoking, or neglect of care. The crown covering the implant is more likely to wear out after 15 or 20 years and need replacing, than the implant itself failing.
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