As dental technology has advanced over the last several decades, many new treatment options have become possible when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Perhaps the most important of these developments in recent years is the implant.
What is an implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is embedded into the gum, making it more secure than many other tooth replacement options. It is composed of three components: the implant, abutment and crown.
When a person is missing a tooth, the implant component, which is typically made from titanium, is secured into the jaw bone. This part of the procedure is usually performed by an oral surgeon. The piece that is embedded into the jaw plays the role of the roots that should be in that space. The area of the gums then heals around the implant, holding it in place. The bone itself will even grow around the metal, which lends strength to the piece.
After about two months, the implant is tested to ensure that the bone has healed around the titanium post. Assuming the piece is stable, a crown is placed on, either using a glue or screwing it in place. An abutment connects the two pieces and provides support.
Financing your implant
Like any dental procedure, an implant is an investment. The procedure usually runs around $2,000 to $4,000 per tooth. But the price tag shouldn’t keep you from making the best decision for your dental health. At our office, we’ll work with your insurance carrier to help you figure out how much, if any, you’ll need to pay out of pocket. At that point - or if you don’t have dental insurance at all - you’ll have the option of taking out a dental loan through Care Credit, a financing company that we accept. We’ll do our best to find the individualized financial plan that will best fit your unique needs.
We would love to help restore your smile! Call today at 530-246-1188 to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your options.