Nothing quite boosts one’s confidence like a wide and winning smile. However, as time works havoc on our teeth, too often we want to keep our lips pressed tightly together when welcoming others. If you feel self-conscious about your smile due to a missing tooth or two, dental implants might prove the perfect solution. Careful crafted for each individual patient, the implants offered by Westend Dental can stand in the gap for a single missing tooth or for a whole line.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Dental Implants
Just as no two mouths are quite the same, so no two sets of dental implants are the same — or will cost the same amount. Dental implants involve far more than just hardware.
- Proper care of living tissue
- The consideration of bone implants
- Monitoring for correct placement
- Avoiding infection
These and many more factors make dental implants as much a service as a product. Expect to spend several thousand dollars to get high-quality implants that will last a lifetime. And consider visiting Westend Dental first for a consultation.
What Are the Types of Dental Implants?
There are more than 60 different companies involved at some stage of the supply chain. However, there are primarily two main types of dental implants. The first type involves placing a threaded cylinder into the upper or lower jaw bone to ensure a secure, long-lasting tooth replacement option. This most common kind of implant replaces teeth by providing a type of bridge or permanent denture. You can bite and eat with them just as you would with your “real” teeth. They look every bit as natural as everyday enamel.
How does it work? After the implantation of this cylinder, bone grows around the metal spur. As it encapsulates the implant, it acts similarly to a natural tooth root. It can easily hold a crown, bridge, or over-denture, granting you the ability to have a bright smile no matter your age or personal oral-health history.
However, these implants won’t work on every patient. For various reasons, some lack enough bone to safely seat the implant. Such cases usually require surgical procedures such as bone augmentation. Not every patient wants to undergo such a procedure, and in these situations, a subperiosteal dental implant can come into play. These implants get placed on or above bone. It’s a less secure and less preferred option.
In some circumstances, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry also recommends less traditional options such as immediate load dental implants (used to install temporary teeth in a single visit), mini dental implants (narrow implants typically employed to stabilize lower dentures), and all-on-4 (an alternative to a full bridge that uses a quartet of implants to inset a temporary span of teeth).
At Westend Dental, we want you to understand every aspect of the treatment process, as well as all of the available options. We offer:
- Personalized treatment planning
- Continuous care
- Personalized hygiene instruction
- Dental implant restoration
How Do Dental Implants Compare to Real Teeth?
Science usually has a hard time trying to best nature, but when it comes to teeth, implants can actually sometimes work better. Not only are they stronger than natural teeth, many patients find them much more attractive. And they last, too. Given that dental implants have been around for a half century, that’s not just a supposition. They have a proven track record. After a successful surgery, not only will you enjoy a bright, beaming smile, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods. Versatile and durable, they allow you to live your life without interruption. We can create dental implants that are customized to your exact needs so that your new smile feels comfortable and looks natural.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
Sadly, most insurance companies won’t cover dental implants — most, but not all. When planning, your first step should involve determining if implant coverage is part of your insurance plan. But don’t worry if your carrier can’t help. Westend Dental can work with you.
Not only do we provide insurance verification, we extend financial assistance, too. We want to ensure that you receive every possible benefit from your insurer and that you receive the best possible financing options. We pride ourselves on making our patients our top priority through convenient scheduling, individual care plans, and excellent customer service.
So are you ready to regain your smile? Call us at (773) 244-9500 or via our contact page and let us know that you’d like to learn more about dental implants. Not only is our convenient Lincoln Park location fully equipped with the latest dentistry technology and boast some of Chicago’s top dental implant experts, we offer complimentary consultations.