Permanent Tooth Replacement

Special promotional pricing for dental implants (limited time offer)!! 

$2,200 flat rate for single tooth replacement with a dental implant AND crown. Free consultations

This is less than half of the going rate in Austin.  Price includes placement of the dental implant, all parts, and the new crown.  This is start to finish of a straight forward case including minor bone grafting, if necessary.  Offer does not include removal of existing tooth, socket grafting, sinus lifts, or large/complicated bone grafting procedures.  Consultations are free.  This is a perfect opportunity for those of you that have been quoted a high price at another office, or have considered tooth replacement of any kind.  We can even place implants under existing, loose fitting dentures to keep them securely in place.  Most insurance is accepted and many will pay for implants, which may reduce your cost to zero in some cases.  We can work out a payment plan that fits your budget.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to have a permanent, fixed solution to tooth loss!

What are Dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jawbone that serve as an anchor for a new tooth, multiple teeth, or dentures.  They are the absolute best way to:

  1. Replace single or multiple teeth,
  2. Provide a fixed (permanent) alternative to having a removable partial or complete denture, and
  3. Provide excellent support and stability for a new or existing partial or complete denture.

Dental implants are extremely durable and lifelike.  Single and multiple implants function just like your natural teeth.  Replacing teeth with Dental implants allow you to chew efficiently and pain-free, smile with confidence, and talk naturally.  Implants provide unmatched support and retention for partial or complete dentures…so good that you will not have to use denture adhesive, and you can say goodbye to painful, poor fitting, awkward dentures.  Most denture wearers hate having their palate covered by the denture material, or complain that lower dentures don’t stay in place very well at all.  These problems can be solved with Dental implants.
**It’s not scary…really!  Placing an implant is less traumatic that having a single tooth taken out.  Healing is fast, and you do NOT have any feeling, or sensation that the implant is in your jaw.

Generally, implants are designed to mimic the anatomy and function of natural teeth.  They accomplish this by having two distinct parts, the implant part itself functions as the root of a natural tooth that is “anchored” in the bone and gum tissue, and the crown (or cap) that is attached to the implant with a piece called an abutment.

Some key reasons to choose Dental implants:

  • Single or multiple teeth can be replaced without affecting the adjacent teeth (compared to a traditional bridge which must attached to at least 2 adjacent teeth, requiring significant preparation, or grinding/drilling of those teeth).
  • Dental implants will give you the best combination of natural fit and feel, durability, and return on your investment than any other option.
  • Often it is more predictable to replace a very damaged natural tooth with a Dental implant than it is to save the natural tooth itself.  Sometimes a natural tooth is in such poor shape that treating or restoring that tooth lends a significant amount of doubt as to the outcome of treating that tooth…despite quality care, time and money spent.  The amount of money required to treat a significantly damaged tooth often will rival the cost of an implant.  Dental implants have a history of over 94% success rate, and so it may be better to choose the Dental implant and crown vs. restoring the natural tooth because it is a more predictable outcome.
  • Dental implants will prevent bone degeneration, shifting of teeth, and an altered bite.  Once a tooth is removed a number of unwanted side effects occur.  The jawbone around the area that is anchoring that tooth starts to shrink or degenerate, and will continue until an implant is placed in the site (if you already have a missing tooth somewhere in your mouth you can actually feel this with your fingers by grasping the gum area of the missing tooth between your thumb and forefinger, then comparing this to an area where you have a tooth.  You can feel the thinness of the bone).  The longer the tooth is missing, the more likelihood that you will need bone grafting in this area (adding an extra surgical procedure and cost).  Fortunately, advanced bone regeneration techniques now make it possible to place many more implants than 10 years ago.
Dental Implant Xray
Dental Implant Xray2
  • A missing tooth or teeth creates an empty space in your mouth that will create problems if that space is not occupied.  First, the teeth adjacent and opposing that missing tooth will begin to shift or drift into that space.  The tooth opposing, or used to chew against that tooth will naturally continue to erupt until it begins to make contact…even to the point of erupting until it begins to chew on the gums of the opposite jaw.  Additionally the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will lean into that space.   Second, the result of leaning/shifting and over-erupted teeth causes a change in the way that the teeth come together or “bite”.  This means that when you chew or function the teeth will begin to hit each other prematurely and out of natural alignment causing teeth to crack, break, and alter the function of the TMJ (jaw joint), which can lead to significant, painful TMJ problems.
  • Missing teeth reduces our ability to chew our food properly and results in indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and generally poor gastric and intestinal function, which results in poor overall health.

 

What’s the implant process like?

To save you some time I will divide implant patients into two groups so you may read about the one that matches your needs:
The first group of patients have a single tooth or multiple teeth that will be replaced with implant supported crowns(caps) that are locked (permanently attached) in their mouth.  This group should continue reading #1 below.
The second group of patients are missing most or all of their teeth and require implants to help stabilize a partial or complete denture, which is still removable from the mouth.  This group should continue reading #2 below.

1.    Teeth that are permanently attached in your mouth: 

Dental Implant Xray3

The Dental implant process is typically divided into two separate procedures to accomplish the tooth or teeth restoration.  We usually speak of “placing” implants as the first part of this process, and “restoring”, or attaching a crown as the second part of the process.  Dental implants have a spectacular success rate of 94-98% when used in this two-step process. Titanium alloy implant(s) are surgically placed into the jawbone, covered and stitched up, then left alone for about 2-6 months.  It is important that you have enough jawbone for the implants to be placed into.  If you do not have enough bone an extra procedure is required called a “bone-graft”.  Typically, if you have been missing a tooth or teeth for a while bone-grafting is almost a certainty.  During the healing time after the Dental implant is placed the jawbone grows right up next to the implant and locks it into the jaw.  This functions as the “root/anchor” of the tooth.  After the healing process, the implant will be uncovered or “exposed’ and a healing cap placed.

Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Implant Dental Implant Healing Cap

This will mean that you see a small silver cap barely visible through a gap in the gums.  The healing cap is a step that may be substituted by the following:  An attachment called the “abutment” is a permanent part of the implant restoration.  The abutment is attached to the implant with a screw and will remain in your mouth permanently.    This leads us straight into beginning the final phase of the process, as the permanent crown/cap will be attached to the abutment.  Sometimes a temporary crown will be worn before the final crown to help form or manipulate the gum tissue for a more natural result.  This is often done in the front of the mouth and, on occasion, the back of the mouth as needed.  And finally, for the most exciting part…fitting the final crown/cap.  Molds are made of your teeth/implant/abutment and shade matching records (the same process as making a conventional crown/cap).  This “information” is sent to a lab to create your new tooth.  The new tooth is fitted, and you will have years of satisfying enjoyment of your new tooth/teeth.  During the time that you are missing your natural tooth, a fake tooth can be created.  This is usually done for the front teeth, and optional for back teeth.  The total time, from start to finish, needed to replace a tooth/teeth with implants will range from 3-7 months.  If you have 3 missing teeth in a row, often two implants may be placed instead of three, and a bridge created to span the gap.  Patients remark consistently that the implant(s) they receive are well worth the time and money, and often one of the best investments they have ever made.

2.    Teeth that are stabilized with implants but can still be removed from your mouth: 

Dental Implant bone volume profile Dental Implant bone volume profile2
If you have an existing partial or complete denture, or plan on having one made the implant process is a little different.  Titanium alloy implant(s) are surgically placed into the jawbone, covered and stitched up, then left alone for about 2-6 months.  It is important that you have enough jawbone for the implants to be placed into.  If you do not have enough bone an extra procedure is required called a “bone-graft”.  Typically, if you have been missing teeth for a while bone-grafting is almost a certainty.   During the healing time after the Dental implant is placed the jawbone grows right up next to the implant and locks it into the jaw.  These function as the “anchors” for your denture.  During or after the healing process, the implant will be uncovered or “exposed’ and a healing cap placed.  This will mean that you see a small silver cap barely visible through a gap in the gums. If you have an existing denture it can be adjusted to fit over these small metal healing caps.  This is the point where these two categories begin to differ the most.  Generally all partial or complete dentures will require multiple implants to support them, but not a “tooth for tooth” replacement.  A complete denture will require 4-6 implants, and a partial denture 2-4 implants in most cases.  With implant supported dentures we remove the healing cap and place a low profile attachment that remains just a few millimeters above your gum tissue.  This attachment is usually in the shape of a small ball.  Then a small plastic cap is placed over the ball.

Dental Implant

This is the piece that provides the retention, and it goes on with a slight “click” sound.  Your denture is then modified on the underside to provide space for the plastic cap.  The final step is “gluing” the plastic cap into the spaces on the underside of the denture as it sits in your mouth normally.  Once the glue (a type of resin) hardens, the denture is removed, which pulls the small plastic cap up with a “click”.Your denture can now be very securely “attached” to your jaw, eliminating the need for messy denture adhesives and providing you a much better eating and talking experience.  If you have an existing denture this process can usually be fitted to what you already have…and for new denture construction, implants may be fit in before, during, or after the new denture is made.  Think of implant supported dentures as an investment that will save you the time and frustration of dealing with a loose, ill-fitting denture and cost of denture adhesive.  Not to mention the fact that missing teeth reduces our ability to chew our food properly and results in indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and generally poor gastric and intestinal function, which results in poor overall health.

Cost

Of course, what does a Dental implant cost you ask?  First let’s evaluate what it costs assuming you don’t have any insurance.
A list of items/procedures you will pay for one tooth replacement at Aspire Dental
(assuming these are all done here at the office):

  1. Implant surgery $2520
  2. Bone grafting/regeneration (not always needed) $315
  3. Abutment (attachment part to the implant) $668
  4. Crown or cap (the glorious tooth) $1,043

Total cost is around $4,546
If you have a denture or are having one made, then #4 above will be substituted for a denture reline (fitting the denture to the implants): $311
Dentures will require multiple implants for proper support.  The actual number varies depending on each case.

Dental insurance will typically pay for half of the cost, and often has exclusions for teeth that are already missing.

Special promotional pricing for dental implants (limited time offer)!! 

$2,200 flat rate for single tooth replacement with a dental implant AND crown!

Remember, smiling and eating make us happy, and we do it all day, every day…so, why not invest in your teeth?

Call us today with questions or to schedule an appointment!

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