Dental Implants in Lancaster, CA
Dental implants are one of the most exciting new treatments used in dentistry today. Implants give us options that we did not have before. In areas of the mouth without teeth, here are some of these options:
- Place a bridge in the area. A bridge is like three crowns hooked together with the middle one being a false tooth. It is cemented permanently in place.
- Replace the missing tooth or teeth with a partial denture. A partial denture is an appliance that comes in and out of the mouth for cleaning and is held in place with metal arms around the remaining teeth.
- Replace the tooth with a dental implant. The oral surgeon will place an implant titanium cylinder in the jawbone. After a few months of healing, the general dentist will place a post and crown on the implant.
Implants can give patients the ability to chew well and they prevent other teeth from drifting into the place where the teeth are missing. With implants we don’t have to grind down the adjacent teeth like we would with a bridge. An implant looks very natural and does not have metal arms like a partial denture. Call us to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Replacing a Tooth
Implants are a great option for the replacement of single or multiple missing teeth. Once in place they look natural, feel good, and function well. With implants, patients can avoid having more extensive crown and bridge work or partial dentures.
Implants under a Denture
For those who need full dentures, implants can be a great option. By placing two to four implants we can give the denture something to snap on to, which will help minimize unwanted movement.
Costs of Implants and Time Needed
The costs of implants are based on the condition of the site, the number of teeth being replaced, the type of restoration that will go on top of the implants, and the quality of the material used. Some areas in the mouth will require bone graft before implant placement. Some sites will need one tooth replaced and others will need several teeth replaced. Some restorations placed on top of the implants will be more complicated and expensive than others. There is a big difference in the quality of implants. We use very high quality implants, laboratories, and materials, and these cost more. We recommend that patients considering implant treatment not base their decisions on just price.
Implant treatment will take from five to twelve months. Less time is needed if the implant is placed at the time of an extraction. More time is needed if the bone in the implant site is not very dense and bone graft needs to be used.