Are Implants Right for Me?
If you are missing one or more teeth, implants may be the right treatment for you! Schedule a consultation with at Raleigh Dental Arts to find out what your options are and if implants are the best choice for your particular needs.
What Are Implants Made Of?
Implants are made of three parts: the implant root, abutment, and fixed restoration (like a crown or bridge.) The root portion of the implant is typically titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. The abutment can be titanium or ceramic. Your fixed restoration is made of porcelain with zirconia, leucite, and alumina, among others. Together they are as strong as a natural tooth, and you can care for them the same way.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
The number of implants you need depends on the condition
of your teeth and how many are missing. If you’re only missing one tooth, one implant is all you
need. However, if the teeth in your arch are all eroded and need to come out, you could replace
them with a treatment called “All-On- Four”, which allows four implants to support a full arch
denture. The arch portion can be either permanently attached or removable for ease of
How Long Does It Take to Get Implants?
Once you have a plan with Dr. Agarwal, getting your implants can take around 6-12 months. The length of time depends on how long your teeth have been missing and how narrow your jaw is. Teeth that have been gone for less than 6 months can most likely receive implants immediately. But if you’ve had an empty space for longer, you may need a bone graft as well, in order to support the implant and biting forces. It usually takes 6 months for the bone graft to heal and be ready for an implant. After the implant is placed, healing and ossification will take 6 weeks to 6 months. Once everything is healed, the crown(s) can be placed to complete the procedure.
How Much Do Implants Cost?
Implants typically cost between $1000-$3000 per tooth. Costs can increase if bone grafts are needed, or average less if you’re getting a treatment like All-on-4.
Who Can Place a Dental Implant?
Historically, only oral and maxillofacial surgeons were qualified to place implants for patients. But now dentists have access to programs that train them to place and manage care for this service. Look for a dentist like Dr. Tarun Agarwal, who has undergone extensive training and continuing education with individualized instruction and mentoring. His focus on whole dental health gives him a better perspective on placing implants and continuing your dental care afterwards!
Aren’t Dentures Just As Good As Implants?
The short answer is no, dentures are not as good as implants. Both prosthetics have their place in dental care, but implants are far and away the better treatment because they are permanent. With implants, there is no slipping or slurping while you speak or eat, no painful spots from poor alignment, and you’ll enjoy enhanced bone density.