Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, and many adults in the U.S. have at least one missing tooth. If you are missing some or all of your teeth, dental implants provide a natural-looking solution that restores both confidence and health to your smile, as well as making chewing and speaking easier. Dental implants can also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are small titanium anchors that are placed into the jawbone which act as tooth root substitutes. They are a safe, medical device alternative to traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures. After the implant osseointegrates (fuses) with the jawbone, a custom-made prosthetic tooth is placed to match to your natural tooth color, size and shape for your unique smile.
Successful dental implant placement requires healthy bone and gum tissues, and good general health. During your consultation, Dr. Salzberg will discuss all treatment options for replacing your missing teeth to help you determine which treatment is best for your needs. Implant therapy is a collaborative effort among Dr. Salzberg, your restorative dentist and you. Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years with proper care. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing as you would with natural teeth) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
The total cost of implant treatment depends on if any other procedures are required to restore your oral health. If you feel implant dentistry is an option for you, a dental and radiographic (3-D cone beam CT) examination are recommended to determine your bone quality and quantity. We will also discuss the cost of implant treatment and all payment options available to you.
Replacement of a Single Tooth
If you are missing a single tooth, a single implant can be placed to fill the gap, restore your smile, and help protect the empty space from oral health problems such as gum disease.
Implant supported dentures (Removable)
Conventional dentures may slip or slide due to poor fit, causing pain and discomfort. Full dentures (over denture) supported by implants with a bar or ball in socket attachments provide a more secure, reliable, and comfortable fit for those with dentures.
Full bridges offer the advantages of dental bridges with the added support of dental implants. Bridges are used to treat gaps and spaces left by missing teeth.