Aside from aesthetics and discomfort, missing teeth can cause health problems within the mouth if left untreated. Bone loss, gum recession, and misalignment can all occur over time as a result of tooth gaps. While removable dental appliances are effective, one of the best options available for patients with missing teeth is implant dentistry. Dr. Christine Koval is proud to provide dental implants to patients in the Sarasota area looking to restore their dental health and smile with confidence again.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. These artificial tooth roots are surgically embedded into the patient’s jawbone and gum tissue. Once healing is complete, the dental implants will be able to support artificial teeth with the same level of stability as natural tooth roots.
Dental Restorations That Dental Implants Can Support
We use dental implants at our Sarasota cosmetic and restorative dentistry center to support the following dental appliances:
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Dental bridges
- Individual dental crowns
The right dental restoration for you will depend on the extent of your tooth loss.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is their strength. Slippage and loose fit can occur with traditional dentures and bridges, even with very good denture creams. Dental implants are far less likely to cause slippage as the dental appliances are anchored in place, allowing you to speak and eat without any trouble! Dental implants effectively prevent bone loss and gum recession. With dental implants in place, the living tissues of your mouth have structure to latch around and support, improving dental health for the tooth gap as well as the adjacent teeth.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for dental implants at our Sarasota dental care center are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth but are in otherwise good dental health. These patients should have sufficient bone and gum tissue to support the dental implant. If not, special tissue grafting procedures can be performed in order to build bone or gum density and make a person eligible to receive dental implants. The dental implants process will take several months from beginning to end, so it’s important that patients have realistic expectations regarding care.
The Dental Implants Process
After a patient is deemed a good candidate for dental implants, they will receive oral surgery where the dental implant will be carefully anchored into the bone tissue and gum tissue. The second and longest portion of the dental implants process is actually the healing period. It’s crucial that the dental implant bond/fuse with the jawbone and gum tissue as if it were a natural tooth root. This process is known as osseointegration. A dental implant will be ready to support a dental appliance only after osseointegration has taken place, and can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months. Once osseointegration is complete, the final dental appliance can be placed. Whether it’s a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture, it will be custom crafted specifically for the patient.
Payment / Financing Options for Dental Implants
Dental implants effectively address problems associated with missing teeth. Dental implants offer a stability that is comparable to natural tooth roots and far better than even the best dental adhesives. If you are missing a tooth, or many teeth, dental implants provide the solution. Dr. Koval will address all of your dental implants concerns at great length during your consultation. Below is some basic information about the cost of implant dentistry.
The Average Cost of Dental Implants
The average cost of dental implants can vary a fair amount as the treatment is carefully tailored to the needs of the each patient. During an implant dentistry consultation at our Sarasota practice, the cost of your dental implants treatment will be determined along with a full breakdown of the expenses.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
Some of the following factors will affect the total cost of your dental implants treatment:
- The number of dental implants required
- The type of dental implants required
- The complexity of the patient’s case
- The need for additional procedures (e.g., bone grafting, gum augmentation)
- The use of dental implants in a full mouth reconstruction
Payment Options and Dental Financing
Our office accepts all methods of payment:
- Major credit cards
- Care Credit
Financing options for dental implants are also available. These financing options work much like a traditional loan or credit card, dividing the cost of care into affordable monthly payments. We’re proud to provide compassionate dental care to the Sarasota area, and we strive to put the cost of implant dentistry within reach.
Learn More About Implant Dentistry
For more information about dental implants and how they can best serve your needs, contact us today. Dr. Christine Koval and the team look forward to your visit and discussing all of your options for advanced restorative care.