If you are missing one or more teeth, you probably already know you have a few options for replacing those teeth. Dental implants are one of the main options, along with dentures and dental bridges. There is no one-size-fits all answer when it comes to choosing the right option for tooth replacement; each person should seek the advice of our experienced dentists with a comprehensive examination.
Although the situation is unique to each individual, there tends to be some common reasons that dental implants are favored among patients:
- Look, feel and function like a natural tooth
- Replace the tooth root as well as the crown of the tooth
- Maintain the density of the bone in which they are embedded
- Long-term solution to tooth loss; permanent with proper care
- Restore self-confidence
- Improved bite strength and durability; stable, strong bite
Unlike dentures and dental bridges, dental implants are embedded into the bone beneath the missing tooth. Your jaw bone will absorb the implant as it would a natural tooth root. Once healed, the tooth replacement is attached to the implant post. The replacement tooth can be a dental crown, bridge, or an attachable denture.
Because implants fuse to bone, they are durable and strong. They provide a secure foundation for chewing; they will not slip or move around. The integration with bone provides another advantage: it keeps that bone dense and healthy. Normally, when you lose a tooth, the absence of the tooth root causes the bone in the area to eventually resorb and shrink. That is the process that can lead to a collapsed, aged-looking jawline. In other words, the dental implant encourages the density of the bone in which it is placed.
The cost of dental implants varies depending on a number of factors, including the number and type of implant. We proudly offer a family of financing options to help you fit your dental needs into an affordable budget. During your consultation, we will provide you an estimate for your procedure, and we will assist you with payment and financing, if desired.
We know that each patient has his or her own priorities and concerns when it comes to teeth replacement. Our dentists take all the time that is needed to help you decide if dental implants are right for you. To schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more, contact our Palm Aire location at 941-351-4468, or our South Trail office at 941-366-3636. If you live near Venice, reach our location in that city at 941-497-5451.