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Dental Implants:

• are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised.
• are the most permanent method of tooth replacement
• help preserve the jawbone to prevent the appearance of premature aging.
• look and function like natural teeth.
• are placed/restored in the doctor’s office with minimal discomfort.
• improve comfort, appearance, speech.
• have a very high success rate.
• allow you to eat the foods you love and talk, smile and laugh with confidence
• represent a conservative treatment option—adjacent teeth are left untouched.
• never develop decay.
• never require root canals.
• can provide great stability for a lower denture.
• can completely eliminate the need for a denture.
• can help people of any age
• give patients a third set of teeth that are natural looking and very long-lasting.

Fees vary by location. You are invited to come in for a free consultation and free x-ray to have an evaluation and meet the doctor. The consultation involves no obligation and you will be informed of all fees in advance so you can make an informed decision.

You will see the treatment coordinator, who is very knowledgeable. You will also have a chance to meet the doctor. An x-ray is will be taken, and there is no charge for the x-ray or the consultation. You should expect to be in the office for about 45 to 60 minutes. By the end of the consultation, you will know the approximate fees and all your questions will be answered.

The treatment appointment is done in one day. On the day of treatment, every patient leaves a TeethToday Dental Implant Center with teeth. You will have temporary (sometimes called “provisional”) teeth that look very nice and function well. However, they are temporary. About four to six weeks after treatment, you will receive your permanent teeth.

A provisional restoration, commonly referred to as the implant-supported temporary bridge, is fabricated using acrylic or composite resin (tooth colored plastics) the day of implant placement. These plastics are easily manipulated materials which are used to replace your teeth and simulate the final permanent restoration while the healing process is taking place. They are strong enough for you to start your active life again. Provisional restorations may not have molars on them to limit the amount of force that can be applied to the healing implants. The provisional is designed to last six-twelve months.

Your final restoration is made using a titanium or Zirconia ceramic framework for strength, and is placed about 4-6 months post-operatively. These restorations typically have a couple more teeth than the provisionals and generally include molars. This restoration allows for extra support and long-term form and function for your permanent teeth. The teeth themselves are made from acrylic, composite or porcelain but it is the underlying framework which gives the strength. The final restorations will be adapted to your new smile, look great and will act like your natural teeth for a lifetime.

It is very common for people in their 80’s or even 90’s to have dental implants. Age by itself is not the issue. It’s a question of your overall health. At the time of the consultation appointment, you will be advised if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In general, if you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are healthy enough to have a dental implant successfully placed.

The doctors and team will do everything possible to keep you comfortable both during the procedure and afterward. Often, over-the-counter medications are sufficient to manage discomfort following dental implant placement. The treatment coordinator and the doctor will explain various options to you at the time of the consultation. Most patients are surprised by how easy the procedure is. Most people return to work or resume normal activities very soon after implant treatment.

Bring your insurance information with you to the consultation appointment. The treatment coordinator will check with the company and let you know if any benefits are available. You will know all the fees, out-of-pocket expenses, and payment options prior to accepting treatment.

The treatment coordinator will advise you, but even if we do not work directly with a particular insurance company, we will contact the company, submit the claim for you, and let you know if any benefits are available.

Yes, there are various financing options available so you can spread out payments over time at a very low interest rate. You can apply for financing confidentially by calling a toll-free number or you can apply online. The treatment coordinator will give you all the details.

No, you don’t necessarily need to have one implant per missing tooth. Exactly how your situation will be addressed is up to the doctor, of course. The doctor will discuss your options at the consultation appointment.

All-on-Four (AO4) is a procedure for replacing all the teeth in a jaw with replacement teeth that are anchored by four implants. An implant-supported bridge attaches to these four specifically placed implants and is just as effective as being supported by many more implants using a non-AO4 technique. The results lower cost, less chair time, shorter healing time, fewer grafting procedures, fewer complications, higher success and a faster result. 

 At the TeethToday Dental Implant Centers, we recommend the most cost effective tooth replacement procedure that is appropriate for you.

*All- on- Four is registered trademark of Nobel Biocare.

Why Do You Recommend Only 4 Implants Per Jaw with the All-on-Four Procedure?

All-on-4 is a treatment method and may be done with as many implants as needed, typically 4 to 6 per arch. The exact number and design depends on your needs and bone structure. Often, 4 implants are sufficient, but not always. All-on-4 is not for everyone, but can spell relief for tens of thousands of denture wearers or individuals who have generalized deterioration, overnight. The research and scientific documented studies and clinical success with the All-on-4 procedure allow for the back two implants to be angled slightly, giving as much support as multiple implant placements.

Yes, we can easily perform a "double arch" case in one day with the same outstanding results. Our doctors will greet you first thing in the morning and stay chairside throughout the procedure until you have your new teeth and the first steps to your renewed quality of life. Our clinicians and technical support team are well versed in patient comfort and will see to it that you are treated like family while under our care.

A denture is a removable device that is inserted in the mouth and removed daily by the patient for cleaning and maintenance. It sits on the gums. In the case of a partial denture, it is attached to adjacent teeth using metal hooks - further leading to failure as it grinds against natural dentition and the gum line. Patients who are missing most or all of their natural teeth and are wearing dentures know the pain and discomfort brought on by these appliances, driving them to seek alternative treatment. Most importantly, dentures do not replace the tooth root, which in turn will cause the jawbone to melt away due to lack of stimulation (atrophy), causing even more pain and embarrassment for denture wearers. 

The AO4 provides for new teeth that are attached to 4 implants per jaw and are not removable by the patient. They look, feel and function like naturally healthy teeth. In fact, dental implants are the closest thing we have to the roots of our natural teeth. And the implants stimulate bone growth, just like natural tooth roots, helping to eliminate that sunken facial collapse, preventing facial bone atrophy which is very prevalent with denture wearers.

You will be able to eat just about anything without worrying about slippage or your teeth falling out. The biting force with implants is far greater than with dentures. Your bite force with dental implants is about 250 pounds per square inch, compared to dentures, which is about 6. Once your implants are fixed in your jawbone (fully healed and restored), you can eat virtually anything you want. Once we give you the go ahead, you can chew on that carrot stick or bite into that apple. Your new implant-supported bridge can be cleaned like natural teeth while in your mouth by brushing and flossing. Only your clinician can remove the prosthesis for periodic maintenance. You now have a permanent solution to dentures, and/or partials and failing natural teeth with an enhanced lifestyle with lots of healthy food waiting for you, and the added bonus of worry free smiles.

There is no irritation with implant-supported bridges. The new teeth are supported by the implants and not the gum which allows freedom from the distress dentures can cause, and the unsightly metal from partial dentures. Also, because there won't be any devices covering your palate, you will be able to enjoy the taste of all the foods you've been missing, and you won't need any potentially toxic dental adhesives to hold your new teeth in place. No more slipping, no more sliding, no more bad breath, no more worrying about your teeth falling out, no more mashing up your food, or even covering up when you speak. Just smiles from here on.

During your examination, we will determine where your "smile line" is and plan to have the area where your implant-supported bridge meets your jawbone invisible. In this manner, it does not show when you smile. Simple adjustments during the restorative procedure will assure a perfect fit, form and function.