Implant Learning Center

Genuine Family Dentistry Implant Learning Center

Dental implants have rapidly become the favorite option for replacing missing teeth. They have become the top solution because of their durability, their practicality, and their improved aesthetics. Dental implants restore so many things that are lost when a patient loses teeth. He is able to once again speak, smile, laugh, and eat with confidence. They function practically just like natural teeth, so there is no need to worry about the implants slipping or coming out.
The foundation of dental implants is titanium posts that have been implanted directly into the jawbone. These posts form an incredibly strong bond when they fuse to the bone through a process known as osseointegration. This bonding process will take anywhere from 3-6 months. Once the implant is fused to the bone, it can function as naturally as your original teeth. An abutment is placed on the post to act as a foundation for the final restorative crown. Every single implant is crafted uniquely to fit your mouth and match your smile. This process can be used to replace one missing tooth or many missing teeth.

  • Dental implants will help preserve your youthful appearance by protecting and strengthening the bone structure in your jawbone.
  • Dental implants can be matched perfectly to your natural teeth, so it will be nearly impossible to see that you have had any work done.
  • Dental implants will allow you to speak, eat, smile, and laugh without reserve! You do not need to fear them slipping or falling out.
  • Dental implants will last for your lifetime if they are cared for properly.
  • A dental implant is placed using a 3-step process. First, a titanium post is fused to your jawbone to function as a root for your new tooth. This post also provides a very strong foundation for the implant. Next, an abutment is attached to the post to act as a solid platform for the replacement tooth. Finally, a prosthetic tooth is individually crafted to match the rest of your natural teeth. The overall look is a very natural smile!
  • The steps involved in getting dental implants can cover a few months. However, since the awesome benefits will last the rest of your life, it is well worth waiting for! The process of fusing the titanium posts to the jawbone is the lengthiest part of the treatment. This part takes between 3-6 months. Once that step is completed, you will get your final restorations attached to the posts.
  • If you are missing one or more teeth, it is probable that you are a good candidate to receive dental implants. If a patient has let missing teeth remain untreated for a while, it may be more difficult for them to use dental implants due to the additional amount of bone material that will be required. In these situations, however, it is possible that a bone graft can be recommended.
  • It is true that dental implants involve more upfront costs than alternative methods of teeth replacement. However, the benefits are so positive and so many that they far outweigh the additional expense. The charge for dental implants involves a one-time fee at the time of placement; however, dentures and dental bridges require years of maintenance costs and very possibly the cost of eventual replacement. Once you have paid for your implants, they will last a life time.
  • The actual cost of dental implants will vary for each patient depending on a couple of factors. The biggest factor is how many implants you will need. Also, the cost of your implants will depend upon whether or not you need a bone graft before the implants can be placed. Come in for a consultation and we can provide an estimate for your situation. We are confident that the healthy and beautiful smile that we can restore for you will be priceless!
  • If you have done your homework and checked around, you have found that the cost of dental implants can vary drastically from one office to another and from one area to another. You may be wondering how you can know if you are paying the right price for the product you are getting. Obviously, the ultimate question for you is, “How much should dental implants really cost?”
  • Advertisement for dental implants are all over Orange County. The smartest consumers are the ones who realize that the advertised price may not always be the final price. The price can change dramatically if you end up needing additional procedures for your specific situation. You can be a savvy consumer by following the tips below to determine what factors may produce additional costs on top of the advertised price.
    • TIP #1 – Be aware of the actual dental implant procedure:
      • A titanium post surgically implanted in your jawbone
      • An abutment attached to the titanium post
      • The final restoration teeth (this will include a crown for one missing tooth, a bridge if you are missing two teeth, and a denture for a full-mouth restoration)
      • The Key Question to ask your doctor: “Does the advertised price include all three of these steps, or will I need to pay additional fees?”
    • TIP #2 – Be aware of other factors that may bring additional charges.
      • Additional procedures (e.g. sinus elevation, bone grafting) can bring additional charges.
      • Steps that are part of the actual implant procedure (e.g. initial x-rays, CT scans) can bring additional charges.
      • An increased complexity in your particular operation may increase charges.
      • Other professionals involved in your procedure may bring additional charges.
      • The Key Question to ask your doctor: “Are there any additional procedures, additional situations, or additional professionals that may bring additional charges above the advertised cost?”
      • You should also ask your doctor: “Is there any guarantee offered in the event that my implant needs unforeseen maintenance in the future?”
    • TIP #3 – Be aware of the dental implant brand that is being offered to you at the advertised price.
      • The name brand and material used to complete your implant will play a crucial role in determining the cost of your implant.
      • There are brands (such as Nobel Biocare) that will cost decidedly more than other off-brands.
      • Our goal at Genuine Family Dentistry is to offer a variety of brands from which to choose. We would like to provide options for every budget. We also aim to be transparent in our pricing in a way that you won’t see in other offices.
      • The Key Question to ask your doctor: “What brand of implant are you offering for your advertised price?”
      • You should also ask your doctor: “What brand of implant do you recommend for my situation?”
    • TIP #4 – Be aware if your doctor is using the most recent technology for the fully-guided placement of your implants.
      • Technology is rapidly advancing in the field of dental implants.
      • Doctors with the most modern equipment are using computerized, 3-D models to precisely place the titanium dental implant in the exact digitally-planned space in your jaw.
      • This computerized approach allows razor-sharp precision placement to help the dentist avoid drilling close to any vital structures in your jawbone.
      • Thanks to this precision, your time in the dental chair is greatly reduced.
      • In addition to saving time, this precision also reduces surprises and unanticipated errors by 99%.
      • Paul Athanasius of Genuine Family Dentistry has received the most up-to-date and extensive training in the placement of dental implants. He has successfully performed hundreds of dental implants for many happy patients. He has performed these implants using the latest in 3-D technology.
      • A digitally-placed implant will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and confidence.
      • The Key Question to ask your doctor: “Do you use the latest technology in 3-D placement for the advertised price?”