According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more between 35 million and 40 million Americans don’t have any teeth. Well over 100 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. Those are staggering numbers. If you’re one of those people without a full set of permanent teeth, you should consider getting dental implants from Dr. Craig Ellsworth at Family Dental of Spokane Valley.
Dental Implants Are Just Like Your Own Teeth
Dental implants consist of three parts. The implant itself is a small screw, usually made of titanium, that is inserted into the bone where a tooth is missing. The bone fuses to the metal and anchors it just as securely as your natural tooth roots!
An abutment is attached to the implant, and the dental restoration – a single crown, a bridge, or even a full “arch” of dentures – is attached to the abutment. The result is a completely natural-looking replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just your natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, implant dentures won’t shift, slide, or pop out of place unexpectedly.
The implants themselves are incredibly durable. With care, they should last for the rest of your life. That makes implants a very worthwhile investment in your smile and your health.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Most people can benefit from dental implants, but there are some important considerations. The most important of these is the thickness and strength of the bone where the implant will be placed. When a tooth is lost, the bone doesn’t get the stimulation of chewing. As a result, the bone begins to slowly deteriorate.
Dental implants function as replacement tooth roots, transferring the pressure of chewing and keeping your bone strong and healthy.
The only way to know whether you can receive dental implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Ellsworth at Family Dental of Spokane Valley. Dr. Ellsworth uses advanced technology to determine the suitability of your bone and also to determine where to place the implants.
For those whose bone may not be thick or strong enough, mini-implants are often an option. The implants are smaller, so they can be used in thinner bone.
You Don’t Have To Live With Missing Teeth
If you’re concerned about the cost of dental implants, we understand. That’s why we offer a number of payment options to make your beautiful replacement teeth affordable. Those options include cash ; Visa, MasterCard, and American Express; and insurance payments from many dental insurance providers.
If you need replacement teeth but are concerned about your budget, you may qualify for interest-free financing from CareCredit. Ask us about this option and we’ll be happy to guide you through the application process.
Not to sound alarming, but the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your bone will deteriorate. You’ll be fully informed about everything involved in getting dental implants, including the cost and payment options, before any work begins.
Get started on your path to a full set of teeth by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Craig Ellsworth at Family Dental of Spokane Valley, WA today. Call our office at 509-850-3217 for an appointment.