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Dental implants are restorative dentistry options designed to replace missing teeth. What makes a dental implant different (and in many cases preferable) from standard treatment options such as dentures is that it essentially recreates the function of the tooth right down to the root. Dental implants are made to mimic natural teeth in almost every way, restoring missing teeth with results that can look, function, and feel as though the original teeth were never lost. Dr. Marisa Patt is not only a dentist, but also a prosthodontist, which is a specialty field focused on complex dental restorations such as missing teeth replacement. If dental implants are the right option for your needs, Dr. Patt can create a customized treatment plan capable of restoring your teeth with exceptional results.

Quick Facts About Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are custom-designed to function and feel like natural teeth while enhancing smile aesthetics
  • Dental implants require no additional maintenance other than normal daily hygiene routines like brushing and flossing
  • Dental implants can often serve as an alternative to dentures, without many of the commonly perceived drawbacks of those options
  • Dental implants can be used in conjunction with dentures to make dentures more secure
  • Dental implants can produce lifelong results
  • Dr. Marisa Patt is a specialist in prosthodontics, which is a field of dentistry focused on complex restorative dental procedures. She can provide custom dental implant restorations following the dental implantation procedure.

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What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

The potential benefits of dental implants include:

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What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?

The dental implants procedure involves a multi-stage process. Dr. Patt will utilize state-of-the-art imaging technology along with precise surgical guides to help plan the placement of the implants. This will make it more likely that the implants will be fitted as comfortably and as accurately as possible. An oral surgeon will surgically insert the implants into the gum tissue in the area of missing teeth and anchor them to the jawbone. During a process known as osseointegration, the implants should then fuse to the jawbone itself and serve as a form of artificial tooth root. This process can take several months; however, temporary crowns can often be placed on the implant posts until the implants have successfully fused to the bone. After osseointegration, Dr. Patt will create the custom crowns and affix them to the top of the implant posts, which will complete the treatment. These crowns are meticulously crafted to look and feel like natural teeth while producing a virtually seamless color-blend with surrounding teeth. In fact, the dental implants should be essentially indistinguishable from natural teeth.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the many prominent advantages offered by dental implants is their ability to produce results that can last decades, possibly even a lifetime. Since dental implants are designed to replace the missing teeth all the way down to the roots, they actually become a part of the mouth. With good jawbone health, regular check-ups with the dentist, and excellent oral hygiene routines, many patients are able to experience the positive benefits of dental implants long into the future.

How Much Do Dental Implant Crowns Cost?

The cost of dental implant procedures typically range between $2100-$3300 for a single implant crown at our practice. Please note that this is a very general estimate, and the price varies widely among individuals due to the customized nature of this procedure. The number of implants being placed, the complexity of the treatment, the materials utilized, and other factors will have an effect on the final cost. During your consultation, a member of our team can create a total price estimate once your treatment plan has been developed. BOCO Dental & Prosthodontics offers a full selection of convenient payment options, including the ability for qualified applicants to finance their procedure through CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® Credit. We can talk about these options with you and answer your questions about the best way to fit a dental implant procedure into your budget.

For more information on dental implants and effective ways to replace missing teeth, or if you would like to schedule an oral examination to determine whether you may be a candidate for this treatment, please contact us today.

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