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Dental Implants:

 A Good First Option in Replacing a Tooth


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  Dr. Cox has dedicated much of his practice to restoring patient’s smiles while achieving optimal function and improving appearance through implant and cosmetic dentistry. This is an exciting time in dentistry and Dr. Cox practice is unique in the way he offers much more than a general dentistry practice. This is definitely a difference to most general dental practices that would normally refer patients out for this type of specialized work. It is comforting for patients to know that they are getting the benefit of a talented surgeon and dentist who can perform all their dental treatment and implant procedures in a single, state of the art facility.

Dental Implants are becoming a first option when replacing missing teeth.  Because dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay, are resistant to fracture and are in the approximate shape of the natural tooth root in which they are replacing, they are a very good first option to be considered when faced with replacing a tooth.  Here is what you should know.

Time: Dental implants are not an immediate gratification tooth replacement option.  In fact the time from tooth loss to tooth replacement is at least months and sometimes as much as a year.  This includes possible bone grafting and the length of time for the body’s healthy bone to grow around the implant.  That being said once the bone has grown to the implant, it is a very stable platform.

Success Rate: Dental Implants have a very high overall success rate, about 95%, but there are factors which contribute to the outcome.  The right patient makes a big difference – factors like smoking tobacco, clenching and grinding, history of unstable periodontal disease and poor home care all negatively impact the success of a dental implant.

Location: The location in the mouth has a tremendous impact on the overall success.  As a general rule of thumb; the lower front of the mouth has the highest level of implant success and the upper back of the mouth has the lowest.  This is because the types of bone in the mandible (mandible) have much more dense bone in the maxilla (upper jaw).

Cost: In general it is often much more cost effective to save a tooth than remove and replace with an implant.  The “save” option should thoroughly be exhausted before deciding to extract a tooth.  However once it has been decided to replace a tooth with an implant it is important to know that there are several components to an implant, each with its own fee.

Even though dental implants have been around for decades it is only recently that they have entered the mainstream as a first option considered in tooth replacement.  This is partly true because insurance companies and flex-plans have just started to recognize dental implants as reimbursable healthcare expense.  Additionally the dental implant has evolved  into an excellent and predictable first option for tooth replacement with as close to natural tooth-like function as currently exist.