Answering The Top 2 Most Asked Questions About Dental Implants

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If you’re thinking about coming to New Horizon Institute for dental implants in the Gilbert area, you’re not alone! Dr. Justin D. Moody and our dental team have provided dental implants for thousands of patients in the area, and are standing by to help you get a new, healthy smile.

Still, you may have some questions before you commit to treatment. How much will a dental implant cost? Will your new smile last forever? Can you get a dental implant in one day? Get answers to these questions and more in this blog from New Horizon Institute, or contact us now to see if dental implants are right for you.

1. How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

This depends on how many teeth you’re having replaced, and whether you need additional preparatory treatments like tooth extractions or bone grafting. Typical costs in the greater Phoenix area are between $1,000 and $3,000 for a single-tooth implant. Implant bridges typically cost $5,000 or more, and full-mouth implant-retained dentures can cost $30,000 or more.

At New Horizon Institute, we understand that dental implants may seem out of reach, especially for working-class people and those from underserved communities. That’s why we offer special pricing for patients who are on tight budgets, as well as payment plans and other options to bring the cost of dental implants within reach. Contact our team for more information, and to see if you qualify for low-cost care in Gilbert.

2. What’s The Difference Between Dental Implants Vs. Bridges?

Dental bridges attach to two healthy teeth next to a gap in your smile. These two “abutment teeth” must be trimmed down so that the bridge can attach properly. Then, a dental bridge with one or more false teeth is attached to your trimmed teeth, restoring your smile. Unlike dental bridges, dental implants don’t require your healthy teeth to be trimmed. Instead, a metal post is placed directly into your jaw bone and your gums. Over time, this post heals and functions as an artificial tooth root. 

A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth or teeth, called a pontic, that are anchored to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap. The natural teeth are typically prepared by removing some of their enamel to make room for the bridge. A bridge can improve the appearance of your smile and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but it is anchored to dental implants instead of natural teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. Once the implant has fused with the bone, a crown or bridge can be attached to it to replace the missing tooth or teeth. An implant-supported bridge is often recommended when several teeth are missing in a row, as it provides a more stable and permanent solution than a traditional bridge.

The benefits of an implant-supported bridge include:

  • Improved stability: Dental implants provide a stable foundation for the bridge, which means it is less likely to shift or move around when you eat or speak.
  • Better preservation of natural teeth: With a traditional bridge, the adjacent natural teeth need to be prepared to support the restoration. With an implant-supported bridge, the adjacent teeth are not affected, which helps to preserve their natural structure.

However, sometimes a bridge without implants may be the best treatment for a patient. This could be the case if the patient has insufficient bone density to support dental implants or if the adjacent natural teeth are not strong enough to support the bridge. A comprehensive dental examination is necessary to determine the best treatment option for each individual patient. 

During the examination, the dentist will evaluate the patient's oral health, bone density, and other factors to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. It is important to schedule regular dental checkups to ensure that any potential dental problems are identified and treated early.

Get Answers To All Of Your Dental Implant Questions At New Horizon Institute

At New Horizon Institute, we understand that dental implants can be complicated. Our goal is to make things simple. If you have questions about dental implants in Gilbert and whether or not they're right for you, we’re here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (480) 664-2270 to schedule a comprehensive exam with one of our dentists.

We can answer all of your questions, examine your mouth, and help you decide if dental implants are right for your unique needs.

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