Our teeth come in many different shapes and sizes. As we age we continue to use our teeth and this means there is a lot of wear and tear over time. When you get older you’ll probably reduce your physical activity level and won’t run marathons anymore, but you will still eat every day. So, you need strong and healthy teeth at every age. Unfortunately, the modern diet doesn’t help our teeth in the long run. Refined sugars and processed foods are commonplace and they do serious long-term damage to your teeth.
If you need a tooth extracted or have already completed tooth removal, you’ll want to start considering your options to replace the tooth. It will make eating far easier and will also eliminate gaps or missing teeth. Many people with missing teeth are very self-conscious about how it looks and this also weighs on your mental health. Dental implants can be your best option and there are a few different varieties you should discuss with your dentist. Let’s take a look.
What is an Endosteal Implant (Endosseous)
“Endosteal” implants are the most common form of dental implant used in the United States. They are often a better option than a removable denture or bridge for most patients. Endosteal implants use bladed types, smooth cylinder, or threaded screw varieties. Your dentist will use X-rays and other methods to determine what implant option will suit your missing tooth situation.
Endosteal Implant Treatment Process
The process for a dental implant is usually straightforward and will take on average 3-6 months to be completed depending on where you start from.
- If you need the tooth extracted, that is the first step. Then you must wait a few months for the jawbone to refill the area where the extracted tooth once was. If the jawbone doesn’t fill in enough over a few months you may not qualify for an Endosteal implant.
- The tooth mold will then be taken and sent off to a lab to create your custom tooth.
- Next, dentists begin by numbing the area, making an incision to reveal the jaw, and then drilling into the jawbone directly to insert a titanium implant screw which serves as your new tooth root.
- When the soft tissue has healed and the stitches removed, you can schedule your visit for the final piece.
- Your dentist will install your dental implant into the titanium root. They will check your bite and the tooth fit and shave down some edges if need be for comfortable fitting.
- You now have a new permanent tooth and area ready to eat your favorite foods.
Every dental implant variety will have different connectors, coatings, and size options you should discuss with your dentist. Also, not all patients will be able to use this variety of implants due to different factors.
Take Back Your Smile Today
We all know someone who has had missing teeth. We also likely know people who have had missing teeth replaced with dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth, do not despair! You are not alone and there are some very reasonable dentists out there who will get you back to a smile you can be confident in.
Worried about Dental Implant Costs?
Dental implant surgery costs can vary from state to state and city to city. Here in Coney Island NY, the average implant cost is about $2000-4000 depending on what specific procedures are required. Fortunately, there are good no-interest payment plan options your dentist can provide. We’re proud to work with our patients on all aspects of their dentistry journey, including financing.
For the best Implant Dentistry in Coney Island NY, look no further than over 40 years of local expertise here at Coney Island Dental. We live right here in the neighborhood and proudly help over 4,000 patients a year get the smile of their dreams.
Call today and let’s schedule a visit.