Dental Implants in Anchorage
Are you looking for a realistic way to replace your missing teeth for life? Then it’s time to consider getting dental implants. At South Anchorage Dental Center, Dr. Broc W. Brimhall offers implant solutions that fit every smile.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Implants are artificial tooth roots that are set into the mouth the same way a natural tooth would be. Typically, they’re made of titanium, which triggers new bone growth and permanently anchored the new “tooth” into the jaw. After this phase of osseointegration occurs, a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture is anchored on top of the implant.
The number of implants that you need will depend on the number of teeth that need to be replaced. However, as few as four to six implants can be used to permanently anchor a full mouth denture or extended bridge.
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants
A dental implant…
- Prevents the need from altering or reshaping adjacent teeth, such as when a conventional bridge is used
- Eliminates the need to wear a removable prosthesis that slips out of place throughout the day
- Typically lasts for the entire life of the patient, making it the most cost effective solution available
- Is extremely durable, capable of supporting greater weight than a natural tooth
- Mimics the appearance, feel, and function of a natural tooth far greater than any other type of restoration
Restorative Options Available
For single tooth replacement, an individual implant is placed in the area of the missing tooth and then restored with a porcelain crown. This type of solution is very easy to care for (just brush and floss as normal) and blends in with your neighboring teeth.
When replacing a few teeth in a row, we will place an implant at each side of the open space. Then, a bridge is anchored over them, spanning the entire length of the missing teeth. A water flosser or floss threader comes in handy for cleaning under the fixed restoration.
Full arch tooth replacement can be done a few different ways. One solution is using a traditional removable denture that snaps onto implants for greater stability throughout the day. Another alternative is to use specifically-set implants to permanently anchor a slimmer denture or extended bridge across the entire smile. Both solutions help to improve speech patterns, chewing function, and reduce rubbing or sore spots caused by ill-fitting dentures.
What to Expect From Treatment
Your dental implant therapy will be spread out over the course of a few different appointments. Initially, the implants are surgically placed and allowed to heal. For the next few months, a temporary prosthesis may be worn in that area to prevent the appearance of missing teeth.
About three to six months later, the implant is exposed at the gumline and an “abutment” is screwed into the top of it. This abutment is the portion of the implant that will anchor your crown, bridge, or denture in place.
Are Dental Implants Expensive in Anchorage?
One of the biggest concerns that our patients have, is whether or not they will be able to afford their dental implant treatment. While the treatment may be slightly higher than other types of tooth replacement, their implant investment generally far outlasts other alternatives. Up to 98% of implants, when well maintained, last for the rest of a person’s life.
When necessary, our treatment coordinators can also work with our patients to create a customizable payment plan so that you can fit your therapy into your monthly budget. We’ll also work with your insurance carrier to minimize any out of pocket expenses.
Call South Anchorage Dental Center today!