Why People Choose Dental Implants
They Can Improve Your Appearance & Health
We enjoy helping provide you with a healthy smile, through dental implants. Patients tell us they feel more confident again, after receiving dental implants in Birmingham. You can gain a sense of ease and joy after the procedure restores your smile. There are several reasons why replacing a tooth can be an important step. When you damage or loose a tooth, the empty space left behind can damage your bone. A missing tooth can also cause a change in the shape of your face or your smile.
Dental implants can be a great way to improve your health and appearance. When you loose a tooth, your eating habits and more are affected. Beyond the change in appearance, missing teeth cause your bone to deteriorate. When your jaw bone is not supporting healthy teeth, it becomes less firm and weakens. Implants are the only method that is proven to help prevent loss of jaw bone. They can also stimulate bone growth. Depending on your needs, you may find that implants are a better option than dentures, partials or bridges. Touch here to call us at (205) 979-0478. We’re glad to answer your questions.
They Offer Consistent, Reliable Results
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. That is because they look and feel similar to your own, natural teeth. Other advantages are that they are permanently fixed in place and do not decay. Removable dental appliances (like dentures) can move around in your mouth. Because they can move, removable appliances may cause discomfort when you eat or speak. Although removable options (like dentures) may last up to 5 or 10 years, at some point they need to be replaced.
Implants are permanently secured like your natural teeth and can last a lifetime, with proper care. Implants need maintenance like natural teeth. However, the idea is to provide you a permanent, artificial tooth. Much like your natural teeth, they also work to protect and reinforce your other teeth and bone.
The Procedure is Well Understood
One of the first questions we are asked is “how does the dental implant procedure work?” They can be installed in a few steps and are a true replacement for your entire tooth. First, the tooth root is replaced with a titanium fixture, placed into jaw bone. Next, an abutment cap is placed on the fixture and the fixture is allowed to heal and fuse with your bone. Then, a healing collar is placed to prepare your gums to receive a new artificial tooth crown. The crown is the part that will be visible and look like your other teeth. Last, the healing collar is removed and the crown is placed. The crown is made of porcelain or ceramic material and looks like your other teeth. Some patients only need one tooth replaced. Others may want to have multiple implants, or even full replacement of all their teeth.
There is some time required for the dental implants to properly heal before the crown can be installed. The amount of time varies for each patient. We can give you a very good estimate of the amount of time it will take during your consultation. Learn more about the types of dental implants and the procedure.
Dental Implants are Affordable
A frequent question we hear is: “What is the cost of dental implants in Birmingham, AL?” Cost varies because some patients can immediately have the implant placed, while others need to have bone grafted first. Grafting affects the cost. We understand that paying for procedures can be a concern. After a visit with us, you will have the answers you need, based on your individual diagnosis. Regarding payment, we have some flexible ways to help. We accept CareCredit so you can pay over time. Because each patient is unique and has a different situation, the procedure and cost is a little different for everyone.
Learning more begins during your free consultation, an exam, and a discussion of your needs. Understanding your goal is important. During your evaluation, you will get solid information and answers to all your questions about the cost. Read more about the cost of dental implants and options to pay for your procedure.
They are the Fastest Load Bearing Replacement Procedure
Another frequent question from patients is “How long does the implant procedure take?” In most cases, an implant is placed and allowed 4 or 5 months to heal. Next, the permanent cap is created and placed. That is about a 4 week process. When a tooth is missing, you are losing bone at twice the rate that bone loss happens when a healthy tooth is in place! If you do have a missing tooth, getting an implant placed is an important part of reducing your bone loss. If you’ve had a missing tooth for a while, bone grafting may be necessary. That first step adds a little more time to the process. With bone loss, grafting is needed to prepare you to receive the implant base. Get more details on how long the dental implant procedure typically takes.
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Click here for an article on dental implants. The best way to get started is to let us help review your situation and then offer some helpful solutions for you to consider. Call (205) 979-0478 and come in for a free evaluation. You will leave our clinic with information on the options available and the cost of each one. Some people would like to pay for procedures over time. In order to help with that, we accept CareCredit. It’s a flexible payment plan that can make paying for dental implant procedures simpler and easier.
Common Questions About Dental Implants