Complete upper teeth replacement
Each situation has a slightly different process but
generally the implant is placed in the jaw using a gentle
surgical procedure. Many patients claim that having
a dental implant put in is less traumatic than having
a natural tooth extracted. Healthy bone forms a strong
bond to the implant after 6 – 12 weeks, providing
a solid foundation for attaching a replacement tooth
(crown). Because ITI® dental implants
usually are not covered by the gum during this step,
the gum tissue and bone reshape and heal around the
implant at the same time. Therefore, unlike some dental
implants, ITI® implants typically do
not require a second surgical procedure.
After the bone has bonded with the implant, the next
step is to create a crown. In a few appointments, your
dentist will attach a post (abutment) to the implant,
take impressions of your teeth, and check for proper
fit and color of the crown.
The cost of dental implant treatment varies since each
patient has different needs and priorities. You should
receive a fee estimate when your dentist explains the
dental implant treatment that is right for you. Some
of the factors that influence the cost are:
The number of implants needed
The type of replacement teeth desired
Additional procedures that may be necessary to enhance the look and feel of your smile.
Be sure to consider long-term versus short-term cost
when making a decision about tooth replacement. Dental
implant treatment might require a larger initial investment,
but is frequently a more cost effective solution in
the long term.
Implant treatment is recognized as a proven alternative
to conventional dentistry and patients worldwide can
testify to its benefits. Because traditional methods
of tooth replacement including bridges, partials and
dentures have disadvantages in terms of appearance and
function, dental implants are considered by many dentists
as the preferred method of tooth replacement.
Replacement teeth supported by dental implants have
a more than 90 percent success rate in long-term function.