Traditional Upper Denture
(Usually held in place with a daily denture adhesive)
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
There are numerous benefits to dental implants over conventional replacements or procedures, some of these benefits are:
DENTAL IMPLANTS HELP PRESERVE YOUR JAW BONE
The human jaw bone maintains its integrity through proper stimulation from the roots of the teeth. When a tooth is missing, that portion of the jaw bone atrophies and wastes away, and this is the reason why denture wearers have the “sunken” appearance. Dental implants help in maintaining the integrity of the jaw bone over time.
DENTAL IMPLANTS HELP SAVE THE ADJACENT TEETH
Traditional replacements like dental bridges, or removable partial dentures, permanently damage the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space. Dental implants are independent of the neighboring teeth and will not harm or affect your natural teeth.
DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE A LIFETIME RESTORATION
Properly placed and maintained dental implants can last you a lifetime. Crowns, bridges, and partials only have an average lifespan of 5 to 10 years. In the long run, a properly placed and maintained dental implant can help save you money, time and aggravation.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FEEL NATURAL
Dental implants feel and function just like your teeth. There are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat. Many find that they can return to eating the kinds of foods they've missed for years with dental implants. With other alternatives, especially with removable partial dentures and dentures, most patients find that they cannot chew harder foods.
A single dental implant.
Before and after the tooth (crown) is attached.
A dental implant is a titanium post, surgically placed at the site where a tooth was lost. Although this may sound painful, most of our patients find there is very minimal if any discomfort and they can return to work the same day. Healing takes a few months before the prosthetic tooth or denture can be securely attached. But don't worry, you won't have to go without teeth because you have the option of a temporary prosthetic.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. The availability of the jaw bone, the health or your gums, and the relationship of your teeth to each other. All of these factors are part of the comprehensive and thorough examination at your initial visit. We encourage you to come in for a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate!
Below is an example of the difference between a three-unit bridge and a single implant.
A "three unit bridge."
Depending on their insurance coverage, many patients are surprised to learn there may not be a significant cost difference between a three-unit bridge and a single implant. We have treated many patients for implant retained dentures who would tell you they couldn't put a price on their quality of life or the improvement in their self-esteem.
Properly placed and maintained dental implants can last you a lifetime. Crowns, bridges, and partials only have an average lifespan of 5 to 10 years. In the long run a properly placed and maintained dental implant can help save you money, time and aggravation.
Because the costs vary between each patient, we can obtain an estimate from your insurance company for you. And for cash patients, we offer a 5% bookkeeping courtesy.
For those who qualify, we have teamed up with CareCredit. They offer NO INTEREST payment plans up to one year or up to five years for 14.90% APR. There is a link below to apply or just ask us when you call to schedule, and we'll have your pre-approval response ready at your appointment. It's that easy!
(Securely retained with 4-6 implants)
Brad Halleck, DDS | Town Dental
Dentist in Battle Ground and Longview, WA