WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental Implants are designed to provide a stable foundation for
Our goal is to have your Dental Implant crowns or appliances look,
feel, and function as close to natural teeth as possible.
Dental Implants are small, surgical titanium, screw-shaped, threaded
fixtures that are placed into the bone in the upper (Maxillary) and/or
lower (Mandibular) arches of the mouth. They are used to replace one or
many missing teeth, or to stabilize dentures. Titanium is an inert metal
that is capable of creating a very tight bond with bone. Titanium is
used in other operations such as knee or hip replacements -- so it is a
proven surgical component.
The implant acts like the root of a
natural tooth, and bone actually forms around a special coating or rough
surface on the implant to
hold the implant firmly in place. This process is referred to as
A crown, with the look, feel, and function of regular dental crowns is
then affixed to an abutment (post) which is connected to the implant.
The 'abutment' is simply a small connecting piece between the implant
and the crown.
In cases where there are multiple missing teeth, or where the patient
has previously had dentures, multiple implants are placed in the mouth
to allow for implant-supported crowns or bridges, ball or "Locator"
abutment retained Overdentures, and/or Titanium or Gold Bar-supported
Dental Implants, being made of Surgical
Titanium, are very strong and durable. The success rate for dental
implants is high; and, with proper care, good dental hygiene, and a
healthy life style, it is quite rare that implants will fail. Many of
the 'original' implants (from the study in Sweden over 30 years ago) are
still functioning without any problems. Technology and procedures have
advanced significantly since the first implants were placed. Some
failed implants can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking) or
to poor dental hygiene. The Leigh Smile Center has had a very high
annual success over the past five years.
“The LEIGH SMILE CENTER ... where your new smile change begins.”
Implant Surgery is $1000 Each.
This is for the surgical placement of the
Implants and includes the cost of the Implants. There is an additional
1-Time-Only facility fee of $400 for
the setup of the Surgical Suite. Certain conditions may apply. The fees
are dependent on sufficient available bone being present at the site in
order to perform the procedure. For more complete information about the
restorative phase costs, and a breakdown of specific procedures, please
visit our DENTAL
IMPLANT FEES page.