What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which resembles a screw. It is placed in bone and allowed to heal for 3 or 4 months. After several months, it becomes integrated into bone and becomes very sturdy. As this time, an abutment can be screwed into the "implant" and a crown will be placed over the abutment making up the entire tooth.
What is the average cost for an implant?
Cost varies by location and office. It also varies if tooth extraction and bone grafts are required. On average an implant can cost a total of $3000-$6000.
How long does it take to get an implant?
It varies based on procedure and location of implant placement. A general time frame if you require an extraction prior to implant:
· Extraction/bone graft: 3-4 months for bone graft to heal
· Placement of implant: 3-4 months for bonding of implant into bone
· Abutment/crown: 2-4 weeks for crown fabrication
On average the entire process can take 6-12 months. In certain circumstances, you can remove tooth and place implant at same visit, but in most cases it requires healing times. The failure rate with immediate "same day" placement implants is higher.
What is an abutment?
An abutment is the component that screws into the implant that provides metal structural support for the esthetic custom made tooth crown which will be placed over the abutment.
What is an implant crown?
It can be made from gold, porcelain, ceramic, etc. It's the custom made crown which is the esthetic and functional portion of the implant system that you will see when smiling. It will have the appearance of a natural tooth and will be attached to the abutment.