Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace missing teeth in a more natural and long-lasting way than other alternatives. These replacements are set directly into your jaw and work just like your own teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are quite similar to natural teeth. Your own teeth consist of a root and a crown. An implant replaces the root with a surgical titanium post that bonds with your own bone – just as artificial joints do. 

Until the post is fully bonded, it’s common to go ahead and place a temporary tooth onto the implant, so that the patient has most of their normal functions.

Once the new post is securely part of the jaw, a top post (the abutment) is added to the top – this is the attachment for the new tooth surface (the crown). After the crown is installed by your dentist, the process is complete.

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How to tell if you need Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a long-lasting, modern way to replace missing teeth – they feel and look more natural than any other alternatives, such as dentures. They have a success rate of over 95%, and they are a great investment in total life enjoyment and the longevity of your teeth. 

If you have missing or deteriorating teeth that will need replacement, implants can be an ideal solution. Good overall health, a commitment to the process of installation and aftercare, and a complete understanding of the price involved are all very important to a successful outcome. Please call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Malek, who will carefully review all the options with you.

The Dental Implant Process

Options For Missing Teeth

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The Straumann® Dental Implant System

Simple and flexible, the Straumann® Dental Implant System can be used for everything from single teeth to full dentures. It utilizes a small but strong post.

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All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure

This type of procedure refers to the way that “All” teeth (a full set) are supported “on 4” implants. It’s completed in just one day and provides a full set of porcelain teeth when done.

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Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge utilizes a set of connected teeth that are “bridged” together. These replacement teeth are cemented onto the adjacent teeth.

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Flipper Implant

This temporary and inexpensive solution utilizes a removable plastic tooth that is kept in place with a retainer. It’s often used while a patient is waiting for their gums to heal, or while they’re preparing for an implant.

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Metal Partial

More durable than a flipper implant, a “Partial” is a removable partial denture that’s cast in plastic and metal. It’s fully removable by the patient as needed.

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Dentures

Dentures are a common solution for patients who have lost all their teeth in one or both jaws. They work well for many people. They can lack the customization that some people need, especially anyone with a different jaw shape or size. For these wearers, they can create discomfort.

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Dental Implants Placement

The Healing Phase

After the implants are put in place, it will take about two months for the implant to integrate into the bone. Dr. Malek will monitor your progress and refer you to your regular dentist to have the crown installed when you’re healed.

When are Dental Implants placed?

The time frame for placing the implants after extraction can vary. Dr. Malek will review your particular situation to determine the best schedule. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to have the implant placed immediately after the extraction. If there are issues such as bone loss, infection, or other issues, Dr. Malek may recommend a bone graft, more time to heal or discuss more options.

How many implants do I need?

Generally, one tooth is replaced with one implant. As the teeth in the back of your mouth are molars and have 2-3 roots, we usually replace them with a larger implant.

Timeline After Placement Of Dental Implant

Dental Implants Improve Function, Appearance, and Health

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

As every patient has unique circumstances, it’s not possible to cover every part of the treatment and the associated costs. However, Dr. Malek believes in honest, conservative treatment estimates, and our practice will make every effort to give you an accurate cost.

To give an example of what you’ll discuss in this estimate: In many cases, there is an initial charge for the diagnostic work-up, including study models, x-rays, and the fabrication of a surgical template to ensure the best possible result. In addition, you will be charged for the abutment or support post(s), plus the crown, dentures, or anything else that will be placed over the implants, including temporary restorations.

Periodic maintenance such as hygiene visits, tissue conditioners, denture relines, and other repairs will also incur additional charges.

FAQ On Dental Implants

What makes me a good candidate for dental implants?

There are 3 important traits that will make you a great candidate for dental implant surgery.

  • Healthy gums
  • Adequate bone in the jaws to support and absorb the implant (bone grafting may be an assistive option here)
  • Commitment to good oral hygiene. It’s extremely important to follow the maintenance routines and oral health recommendations that Dr. Malek will provide after your procedures.

What can I do to help make my implants last?

Treat your new dental implants with respect and quality care, and you’ll increase your chances of a long-term relationship. Some of the most important recommendations include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Brush twice daily and continue flossing daily
  • Don’t chew on hard foods, such as ice and hard candies. They can also break your porcelain crowns.
  • Continue to see your dentist and Dr. Malek on the recommended schedule.

What should I look for when I’m pricing dental implants?

There are a lot of procedures and often more than one office involved in getting dental implants. When you’re comparing prices, keep the following in mind, and make sure that these items are factored into your total cost estimate.

  • Exams/office visits
  • Tooth/root extraction
  • Bone grafting
  • Placement of the titanium root (the “dental implant”)
  • Placement of the crown
  • X-rays, pre / post-operative care

How do regular dentures compare to implant-supported dentures? Which lasts longer?​

Regular dentures will require repair or replacement every 5-10 years, as normal wear and tear takes its toll. Dental implants are built for great longevity, and can still be performing perfectly 30 years out.

What conditions might exclude me from getting dental implants?​

There are a few health conditions that you should disclose to our office, and that would indicate that dental implants aren’t the best solution for your missing teeth. If you are pregnant, have a chronic disease such as diabetes or leukemia, have hemophilia, or immune system deficiencies, we can work with you to find the best alternatives for tooth replacement.

How Can Dr. Malek Help With Your Dental Implants?

Contact Malek Periodontics today to schedule an appointment and be on your way to a healthy smile, healthy life.