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For patients who are serious about treating their tooth loss, the only solution they should be interested in is dental implants. This is the sole treatment that restores an entire tooth both above and below the gum line to provide unmatched aesthetics, stability, and durability compared to any other replacement. At Smiles by the Sea, Dr. Shevchenko can use dental implant restorations to help patients with any amount of missing teeth, enabling them to reclaim their oral health and confidence at the same time.
Dental implants can be paired with a variety of restorations in order to bring back any amount of missing teeth. Dr. Shevchenko will help you figure out which of the following options is best for your particular situation:
Instead of filing down two healthy teeth to support a bridge, a single implant-supported crown can be fitted neatly between the remaining teeth without disturbing them at all. This is a less invasive approach that better preserves a patient’s natural smile.
Just two implant roots can be used to support a bridge that holds up to 4 replacement teeth in a row. Implant bridges have a much better hold compared to traditional ones. Plus, they don’t have that telling black line near the gums as well.
All it takes is just 4-6 implants to replace several teeth at the same time. Once in the jawbone, a denture can simply snap onto the implants using ball-joints or a metal bar. Implant-retained dentures can even be designed as permanently fixed so that patients don’t ever have to take them out for cleaning, creating a replacement that more closely resembles real teeth.
In order for dental implants to be placed into the jawbone, a patient must first undergo a minor surgery. For this step of the process, we will refer them to one of our partnered specialists. Our network of oral surgeons and periodontists consists of doctors who have each performed the placement procedure literally thousands of times, meaning our patients are guaranteed to get results they can rely on for a lifetime to come. Once the patient has healed from their placement, Dr. Shevchenko will top the implants with brand new teeth at a follow-up appointment.
As touched on above, implants can be used to support different kinds of restorations designed to replace varying numbers of teeth, and because of this, there is no actual fixed price for the procedure. The number of implants, the type of restoration, and even the location of the missing teeth can all make the treatment more or less expensive. For instance, restoring front teeth tends to cost more than back teeth due to there being less available bone and more aesthetic concerns.
While implants can be a sizeable investment in your smile, they more than pay for themselves as time goes by. Able to last for 30+ years or even longer, a patient with a traditional bridge or denture would have to completely redo their treatment on multiple occasions during that time, dramatically compounding the lower initial cost. Overall, implant patients usually end up saving thousands because of their low maintenance needs!