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What Are Dental Implants?


A dental implant generally consists of three parts: the implant screw, the abutment, and the restoration. The implant screw is surgically embedded into the jawbone, where it serves as the root element of a prosthetic tooth. The abutment is a support structure that is attached to the implant screw after the healing process is complete. It will eventually link the top of the implant screw to the restoration. These days, implants can be used to support some restorations, from a single crown to an entire arch of prosthetic teeth.



Why Should I Choose a Dental Implant?

After you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation that keeps your jawbone healthy and strong. Over time, your bone will atrophy. A dental implant supplements this stimulation and prevents further deterioration. At Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Richland, we specialize in dental implants, because they are simply the best option when it comes to tooth replacements. There is no other restoration that provides the same benefits.
A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution that mimics the look, feel, and function of a real tooth.

•  Function: Because the implant mimics the root element of the prosthetic tooth, an implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to the function of your natural tooth.
•  Look & Feel: An implant-supported restoration will also look and feel just like a natural tooth.
•  No Additional Care: You will be able to brush and floss your restoration as you normally would.
•  Eat & Drink Normally: You will be able to eat and drink your favorite foods and beverages without having to worry about damage or discomfort.
•  Don't Hide Your Smile: You will be able to smile, speak, and laugh without having to worry about your implant slipping or falling out.

What is a Dental Implant Made From?

•  Titanium: Dental implants are made from titanium because titanium has the unique ability to fuse with human bone. This process is known as osseointegration. Osseointegration is largely responsible for the many benefits listed above. It also helps to preserve bone and keep your facial appearance more youthful!

•  Zirconia: Zirconia is also being used to fabricate implant restorations, abutments, and even screws. Zirconia is a biocompatible material that is extremely durable and esthetically-pleasing. We may recommend a zirconia implant screw and abutment if you are concerned with the titanium showing through your restoration.

Dental implants are often made out of titanium, but it can also be made out of zirconia.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

While dental implants are more expensive than traditional restorations, there also have far more benefits. An implant-supported restoration may even save you money in the long run, because other restorations need to be replaced or repaired far more frequently than implants. These replacements and repairs can end up being quite costly. A dental implant will last for several decades under the proper care and maintenance. Some patients even find their dental implant lasts a lifetime!

Are Dental Implants Covered by Dental Insurance?

When implants first came around, insurance companies were hesitant to provide coverage. These days, many insurance providers will help cover the cost of implant treatment, at least partially. For instance, they may cover the cost up to that of a traditional restoration. The remaining cost is usually paid out of pocket. We offer some payment plans that make implant treatment more affordable than ever before!

Learn More About Dental Implants

The best way to learn more about dental implants is in person. Call 509-940-0025 to schedule your consultation appointment today!
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140 Gage Blvd, Suite 200
Richland, WA 99352

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509-940-0025

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