By: Dr Lizette Dryer
I am honored and privileged to be a member of a profession that is continuously evolving as it strives for excellence and stays on top of cutting-edge technology in an effort to better serve patients.
One of the greatest advances we have witnessed has taken place in the field of implant dentistry. Dental implants are titanium screws placed in the jawbone designed to replace one or more missing teeth. They are made of the same material used in hip implants and thus are very biocompatible, meaning that they are very well accepted by our organism and rarely rejected.
Implants have been around for over 40 years, but in the last few years, with the introduction of digital technology and three-dimensional imaging, placement of implants has become more efficient, more predictable, and safer. We can now successfully remove all the patient’s teeth, place 4-6 implants in their jawbone, and screw the missing teeth in place so the patient leaves the office with permanent teeth immediately following their extractions.
Dentures that easily dislodge or move while talking or chewing and missing teeth, have now become a thing of the past. Whether a patient is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or every tooth in their mouth, replacement can take place the same day with a single implant or a combination of multiple implants.
I would be remiss not to address the cost factor associated with the teeth in a procedure since, it is a concern for most patients. The price for replacing all missing teeth with a screwed in denture varies depending on several factors specific to each patient, but the average expense is comparable to the price of a middle of the line new car. However, this is certainly a worthy investment in one’s health, quality of life, and overall well-being. If you or a loved one has been struggling with diseased teeth or wear removable teeth, remember that dental implants are now routinely used to restore both function and esthetics.
Make sure to discuss with your dentist the options that are now available to you. Most dentists can set up patients with financial assistance so that treatment is affordable. Undoubtedly the results will be well worth it and truly life changing!
If you have any questions, please give Dr Dryer a call to discuss these procedures. She can be reached in her St. Cloud office at 407 957-5344.