December 29, 2016
People can’t stop talking about the high quality of life in Colorado Springs. It’s a wonderful area of the country to live in — but if you’re dealing with tooth loss, life may not look so rosy. Missing teeth take a bite out of healthy and fruitful living, but dental implants in Gleneagle provide an excellent solution for replacing one, two, or a full arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
Wondering what you can expect from implant dentistry? We divulge the dental implant details in this week’s blog post.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options, but they are by far the best investment. Depending on the type of implant and where it is located in the mouth, a single dental implant costs from $2,500 to $5,000. But successful dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime with proper care. Compare that to a dental bridge, which costs around $3,000 for a single tooth and will need to be replaced every decade or so.
You and Dr. Solich will discuss your dental implant treatment plan in full, including what you can expect your tooth replacement to cost.
What’s the Procedure for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are completed in two major phases. Implantation is performed by a recommended oral surgeon. He or she places an implant below the gum, where it is allowed to heal over a period of four to eight months. The process known as osseointegration occurs during the recovery, when your bone and the dental implant gradually grow together.
After osseointegration is complete, your dental implant is ready to be restored with the prosthetic tooth. Dental implants can support a single crown, a fixed or removable bridge, or a removable denture. A connecting abutment securely attaches the prosthetic tooth with the dental implant that lives beneath the gum line.
Recovery Following Dental Implants
Between your initial implantation procedure and the restoration phase, you will experience the side effects common to any oral surgery. Bleeding, swelling, and minor discomfort in the jaw are highly likely to occur. Take all pain medication as directed, and use an ice pack in the first 36 hours to reduce inflammation. Follow your doctor’s instructions closely and plan to take it easy in the days following the implantation.
Once your dental implants have healed, keep up with your good oral hygiene habits to enjoy healthy teeth and gums. Make sure you are also visiting your dentist as recommended for follow-up appointments, during which we will check in on your dental implants to keep them clean and sturdy in the gum line.
Want to Discuss Dental Implants?
If you are interested in dental implants and would like to learn more, including whether or not you are a candidate for the replacement option, we invite you to get in touch with Dr. Solich’s office. Request an appointment online today!
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