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Dental Implants

Rebuild a Beautiful Smile

Missing teeth are an all too common problem in the U.S. In fact, some estimates say up to 120 million people are currently missing at least one tooth. If this includes you, Premier Care Dental is happy to provide the most state-of-the-art replacement available today: dental implants. We can restore any number of teeth from the root up, giving you the most natural-looking, reliable, and durable results possible. If you’re ready to get rid of the gaps in your smile, Dr. Tanner Barratt can help you do it.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Model of a dental implant replacing a missing tooth.

A dental implant is the only treatment to replicate the entire tooth structure, including the root. As a result, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits not possible with traditional treatments, including:

  • Over a 95% success rate
  • Looks and feels natural
  • Preserves your jawbone
  • Improves your oral health
  • Doesn’t rely on healthy teeth for support
  • Cost-effective, long-term solution

Indications for Dental Implants

Image of an implant-retained bridge.

Dental implants can be used to treat all severities of tooth loss.

Missing Single Tooth

If you’re only missing one tooth, we’ll use an implant-retained crown. It will consist of an implant post, a custom-made porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown will be shaped and shaded to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, which is connected to the implant using the abutment. After that, your implant will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You’ll even be able to take care of it using routine brush and flossing, which can help it last for 30 years or more.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing a few teeth in a row, these implant crowns can also be used to support a bridge. One implant crown will be placed on either side of the space in your smile, and these will be bonded to prosthetic teeth to close it. Compared to a traditional bridge, implant-retained bridges look more natural, are stronger, and can be expected to last longer.

 

Missing All Teeth

If you’re sick and tired of your uncomfortable, unreliable denture, dental implants may be the solution you’ve been looking for. We can give you a set of teeth that is rock solid, looks great, and doesn’t require metal clasps or sticky adhesive to stay in place. More and more patients are choosing to get implant-retained dentures because they provide a multitude of benefits compared to a traditional removable prosthetic

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How Dental Implants Work

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A dental implant is actually a small titanium post directly into the jawbone to create a prosthetic root and provide a sturdy base for replacement teeth. Dental implants are the only treatment that does this, and they are also the only one that can prevent and even reverse the jawbone deterioration that’s common after tooth loss.

If you choose to get dental implants, the first step will be to place them into your jaw using a minor surgical procedure we can perform in-house. Thanks to local anesthesia and sedation, most patients report feeling very little discomfort both during and after the treatment. Once it is completed, you’ll be given 3-6 months to heal, during which time the implant(s) will bond directly to the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration. After you have healed, you’ll return to our Grants Pass office to receive your new teeth.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Frequently asked questions about dental implants.

Due to their longevity and the numerous other benefits that they offer, it should come as no surprise that dental implants usually cost more than dentures and bridges alone. However, they may actually end up saving you more money in the long run, as you won’t have to get them repaired or replaced as often as with traditional options. It’s also hard to put a price on the oral health advantages and confidence you’ll gain with dental implants.

Many factors affect the cost of dental implants. We’ll discuss these factors in detail at your consultation, but here’s what you can typically expect:

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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Some patients are not initially candidates for dental implants and require preliminary procedures to prepare their mouth to receive implants. These treatments, including bone grafting, tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, will add to your overall cost, but it’s worth it to ensure a strong foundation for your new teeth.

Keep in mind that because we can place and restore dental implants in-house, you’ll save money because the fees will be more compact and convenient overall.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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The number of implants you’ll need will directly affect your total cost. We may also use implants made of various materials (titanium, zirconia, etc.) or that come from different manufacturers or brands depending on your unique case. We’ll let you know why we’re choosing the specific make and model of implants to give you.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

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The type of restoration you’re receiving will also impact your cost. Generally, the more teeth you need to replace, the higher the price of your restoration. For example, a full implant denture tends to cost more than a bridge or partial denture, which costs more than a single crown.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Dental insurance does not usually cover dental implants, but there are almost always exceptions. Our team will gladly review the details of your insurance plan and help you maximize your benefits. We can even file claims and handle any other necessary paperwork on your behalf.

While dental insurance may not cover the cost of the implants themselves, they may mitigate some of the other costs of treatment. For example, your plan might cover a portion of the restoration or preliminary procedures.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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A Premier Care Dental, we want to help you find the solutions you need to replace your missing teeth without breaking the bank. That’s why if you don’t have insurance or need assistance, we offer plenty of financing options. For one, we can help you apply for a low-interest payment plan through CareCredit or Proceed Finance to make the cost of your new smile fit within your budget.

As an alternative to dental insurance, we have our own in-house dental savings plan. In exchange for a flat, low yearly fee, most or all of your preventive care is 100% covered. You’ll also save significantly on most of our other services, including a 15% discount on dental implants. Plus, there are no waiting periods, annual maximums, or deductibles to worry about. Just pay the fee, sit back, and enjoy the savings!

Currently, we have a dental implant special going on, which will let you receive your first implant for the low price of $990, which is about half of what you can expect it to cost at other dental offices. Make sure to take advantage of that!

Dental Implant FAQs

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Wondering what life will be like after you get a dental implant? Thinking about the preparations you need to make before the surgery? There’s a lot to consider when you’re replacing any number of missing teeth; below are just some examples of questions patients have brought up in the past. If the answers written below don’t address all of your concerns, get in touch with Dr. Barratt; he’ll give you the guidance you need.

How Can I Take Care of My Dental Implant?

Cleaning the area around your implant and the prosthetic tooth or teeth it supports is essential if you want your new teeth to last a lifetime. That said, there’s no need to do anything out of the ordinary to maintain good oral hygiene. You can continue to brush and floss as you always have. The only real difference is that you’ll need to pay close attention to the gumline – particularly the area beneath your restoration. Regular checkups and cleanings will also be as important as ever; during these routine visits, Dr. Barratt can remove any plaque or tartar that has built up around the implants while also making sure the underlying gum tissue is still healthy.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Implants?

Many dental plans still consider dental implants to be a cosmetic procedure; because of that, they won’t pay for the surgery. (Of course, this is not the case for every insurance company, so don’t forget to review your benefits.) Your plan might still help pay for certain steps of the process, such as the placement of a restoration or the extraction of remaining teeth. We can work with you and your insurance carrier to figure out exactly what kind of savings you’re entitled to, and we’ll file the necessary claims for you when the time comes.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Implant Placement?

While it’s normal to have some concerns when undergoing any kind of surgery, there’s little need to worry about complications during dental implant placement. The procedure has a 95% success rate, and most patients report only mild to moderate discomfort afterwards. Said discomfort will fade after a few days, and you can use pain medication or antibiotics to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. There is a slight chance of an infection occurring afterwards, but as long as you follow our instructions and stay mindful of your oral hygiene, you can avoid this issue.

How Will I Know if There’s a Problem with My Dental Implants?

Once the implant has been inserted into your jaw, it should remain in place at all times. At no point should you be able to wiggle it even slightly; if you notice any sign of movement, it usually means the implant post has failed to join with the jawbone. Any sign of an infection – including swollen gums and a bad taste in your mouth – will also normally point towards implant failure. And of course, you need to call our practice right away if you start to experience unusual pain.