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Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to speak, smile and eat again with confidence and comfort, there is great news. Dental implants are tooth replacements that look and feel similar to natural teeth. Implants are an ideal option for most people who are missing teeth. Even patients in their 80’s and 90’s can benefit from dental implants as long as their general health is relatively good.

 

Previous Treatment Options

In the past, the treatment of choice to replace a missing tooth or teeth was either a bridge or removable denture. The tooth structure of the natural tooth was sacrificed in order to place a bridge. This treatment often led to sensitivity, decay, or root canal involvement. Traditional partial dentures also have clasps that are visible when smiling and may slip when talking or eating.

 

Modern Treatment Options: Dental Implants

An implant is a small titanium fixture that is placed in the jawbone and serves as an artificial root for the replacement of a prosthetic tooth. The implants become firmly attached to the bone by a process called osseointegration. This means that the molecules in the dental implant, or artificial tooth root, becomes integrated with the molecules in your jawbone. The result is an artificial tooth root that is as secure and stable as a natural tooth root.

 

The Tooth Replacement (Prosthesis)

The prosthesis is the structure that fits over the implant(s). The type of prosthesis depends on the number of teeth being replaced. Individual crowns or splinted crowns (bridge) may be designed. If all teeth in an arch are being replaced, the patient has the option of either a removable or non-removable prosthesis. If the patient had a previous full denture, the removable denture placed over implants always fits much better than expected.

Value and Benefits

How long have implants been done and what is their success rate?

Dr. Kepic has been placing implants for more than 40 years with a success rate of over 99.5%. Dr. Kepic will guarantee the implant fixture for as long as he is in practice. For the less than 0.5% of implants having problems, he has replaced them all successfully at no additional charge.

How will I benefit from Dental Implants?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They prevent bone loss and gum recession that accompanies bridgework and dentures. Implants are more “teeth saving” than bridgework because they do no rely on neighboring teeth for support. Your natural teeth are left untouched. Implants allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.

How do I get started?

Please call the office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kepic. Bring your spouse or a close friend if you would like. We want to know your desires and expectations. Although Dr. Kepic works closely with many excellent restorative dentists in the area, a referral from a dentist is not necessary for you to make an appointment. If you do not have a restorative dentist, Dr. Kepic will recommend someone who has the expertise needed to place the prosthetic teeth on the implants.

How much does it cost?

All treatment starts with a diagnosis, and all treatment in our office is customized. There are different options for replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Dr. Kepic will review your options and answers all your questions. The team will review costs and discuss payment plans. The team will also help you maximize any applicable insurance.

References

Those we have previously helped refer many of our new patients. If you would like to speak with someone who is currently enjoying the benefits of implant dentistry, please let us know.