Over the past three decades, dental implants have distinguished themselves as the most complete tooth replacement available today. Unlike traditional bridges and dentures, implants actually restore an entire tooth both above and below the gum line. A small titanium post is placed directly into the jawbone to mimic a tooth root, where it bonds with the surrounding bone, and this can be used to support a number of restorations to replace any number of missing teeth. In the end, you get a result that is virtually indistinguishable from a real tooth.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Ben Tindal is a certified expert when it comes to placing and restoring dental implants. He has undergone thousands of hours of advanced training that your average general dentist has not, enabling him to handle complex cases others would deem a lost cause. For every implant patient, he creates precise and personalized treatment plans so a smooth experience and beautiful results are guaranteed. If you’re ready to finally get rid of those gaps in your smile or that ill-fitting denture, Dr. Tindal is ready to provide the solution you need.
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To help patients who are missing a single tooth, Dr. Tindal can attach an all-porcelain crown directly to an implant root. For this, he will use something called an abutment, which not only binds the two elements together, but it also provides additional internal support for the crown. The crown itself can be color-match to blend with a person’s smile, and because it will have the same two-part structure as the natural teeth that surround it, only you and Dr. Tindal will know that it is not real.
Fortunately, dental implants can do much more than simply replace single teeth! By placing two implant crowns on either side of consecutive missing teeth, Dr. Tindal can create a bridge that is more stable and natural-looking than its traditional counterpart. Better yet, implant bridges don’t require healthy teeth to be cut down to hold supporting crowns like regular ones. And, a few strategically placed implants can also be used to secure a partial denture, one that doesn’t rely on the surrounding teeth and gums to stay in place.
Do you have a denture that never seems to stay in place? If so, dental implants can easily give you a set of teeth you can finally rely on. With implant-retained dentures, the prosthetic teeth are anchored directly to the jawbone using multiple implant posts inserted into the jaw. This not only gives the denture a hold and security a traditional denture can’t match, but the implants also stimulate the jawbone to help preserve the overall shape of a patient’s face. Plus, implant dentures have also been shown to restore much more of a patient’s bite compared to regular ones, enabling them to enjoy a much more varied (and likely healthier) diet.
Because people with missing teeth can have vastly different needs, the cost of dental implants can vary widely from patient to patient depending on a few determining factors. These can include how many teeth a patient would like to be replaced, what type of restoration they want (crown, bridge, denture), and if they have any insurance coverage.
What’s important to remember is that while implants can be more expensive upfront than traditional bridges and dentures, they are actually the most cost-effective option thanks to their higher quality aesthetics, function, and longevity. Regular bridges and dentures typically need to be completely replaced every 7-10 years, while dental implants can easily last for more than 30 years with the proper maintenance, leading to a much lower cost overall.