It wasn’t that long ago when dental implants were a novelty. These days, they seem to be the norm.
A report from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry shows that around three million people in the U.S. now have at least one dental implant. And that number grows annually by 500,000!
Why are implants so popular?
Dental Implants: What are they and why are they so popular?
Dental implants are made of titanium metal and act as an artificial root. When you lose a tooth, an implant is placed in the pocket where the root of the tooth used to be.
Having an artificial root serves two purposes:
- It acts as an anchor for the dental crown that fits over it
- It keeps the jawbone strong
When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone starts to shrink in that area. If you’ve had all of your teeth extracted, the entire jaw bone will shrink.
Missing only one tooth may not seem like a big deal. However, once the bone begins to recede, it starts to expose the roots of the adjacent teeth. This can result in an increased risk of decay and periodontal disease, an inflammatory disease affecting the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth.
As the bone shrinks in patients who lose teeth, it can change the structure of the lower half of the face.
This is one of the reasons dental implants are so popular. They help keep the mouth healthy and smile looking natural – a great confidence boost.
Signs you may need a dental implant and how to tell if you’re a good candidate
How do you know if you need dental implants?
Here are a few of the signs that one or more implants might be necessary:
- You’re missing one or more teeth, or are told you need an extraction
- You have a severely cracked or broken tooth
- Your dentures/partials don’t fit very well
- Your jawbone is receding
Does having one or more of these signs automatically make you a good candidate for an implant placement procedure?
Not necessarily. To be a good candidate, good overall health is necessary. Additionally, you need to have a fairly healthy mouth and plenty of bone to support the implant post. However, even if you’ve lost some bone, a surgeon can build it up sufficiently with a bone graft.
What to expect in the dental chair and how to care for your implant at home
From start to finish, this form of treatment takes approximately three to six appointments. These include:
- Tooth extraction
- Bone graft
- Placing the implant post into the jawbone
- Taking an impression for a crown to fit over the post
- Delivering the permanent crown
These steps are necessary to give the body time to heal and for the implant to integrate into the bone (osseointegration).
Once the crown has been delivered, you’ll need to care for your implant and crown just as you would for real teeth.
Besides great homecare, regular dental visits are imperative when receiving implants. Professional cleanings every three to six months are largely necessary. At this time, a checkup on the jawbone’s health and on implant stability will be conducted.
Dental Implants Cost: Why we believe that they are worth every penny
Dental implants have a 95%-98% success rate. That’s incredible – and one of the reasons why we think people should invest in them.
But there’s still one thing that tends to hold people back: the cost of dental implants. However, getting a dental implant can actually save money in the long run.
By preventing jawbone degradation, implants keep the rest of the teeth and bones healthy and in good shape. Dental implants can help maintain the shape of the mouth, helping to retain your confidence.
At Meyer Dental, we want to do all that we can to help our patients get the highest quality of dental care. Therefore, we offer a variety of payment options, including 2 – 5% savings offers and interest-free payment plans for up to 12 months.
These payment options aim to remove some of the financial burden when considering implants so that you are able to invest in a wonderful smile for a lifetime!
Do you have any questions or concerns about whether dental implants are right for you? We can help! Call us at 847-827-6290 or email us and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options available to boost your confidence and health.
My primary goal as a family dentist in Mount Prospect is to get people out of pain and do all I can to ensure that my patients are at their optimal oral health. When patients are confronted by a cracked tooth, for instance, it’s important that they are given affordable and long-lasting options.
If one or more teeth are affected by chips, decay, cracks or other types of damage, same day dental crowns, also known as one-visit crowns, are the ideal solution.
But I also understand that cost is a major factor in people’s decisions when it comes to restorative dentistry.
That’s why I want to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the treatment plans I recommend and their cost.
In this article, I’m going to answer a question my team and I hear a lot: How much do dental crowns cost? I’ll delve into the different types of crowns, as well as whether insurance will help with the cost or not.
What’s the difference between a single-visit dental crown in Chicago and a lab fabricated one?
The clear difference between the two is the time.
Traditional crown fabrication is as follows
- An impression is taken of the tooth.
- The impression is sent to a dental lab.
- The dental lab fabricates the custom crown.
- The patient comes back a few weeks later to have the crown cemented.
Sometimes, there is an error in fabrication and the crown doesn’t fit as well as it should. When this happens, a new impression is taken and sent to the lab. The patient then has to come back for yet another crown fitting appointment.
Most of these steps are eliminated when a patient has a single-visit crown procedure
Dental labs typically have dozens, if not hundreds, of projects they’re working on at once.
A same day crown is made in a single visit.
At our Mount Prospect dentist office, we use a software program called CEREC® . After preparing the tooth for a crown, we use the CEREC scanner to take an image of the tooth. This is a 3D image of the tooth, as well as the structures surrounding it.
Then, the CAD/CAM software makes a 3D model of the crown. An onsite milling machine is then used to turn a piece of porcelain into a permanent crown based on that model.
CEREC is an accurate system that creates extremely well-fitting crowns. It also saves our patients a lot of time. They don’t have to wait for the lab to make the crown, and they don’t have to sit through dental impressions either.
Cost of Same Day Crowns
Now, you may be thinking – due to the advanced technology, the tooth crown cost must be a lot more than a lab fabricated one.
Actually, in our office, the dental crown cost is the same across the board. Crown fees range from $1475 to $1775 whether you get a same day crown or a lab fabricated crown.
The fee range depends on the materials used to fabricate the crown. Some patients are not the ideal candidates for all-porcelain dental crowns due to the amount of tooth structure they’ve lost. In these cases, it’s often best to have a lab make a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.
Will insurance help pay for a dental crown?
Our Mount Prospect and Chicago patients who have insurance will find that most insurance companies pay between 50% and 80% of the crown cost.
It depends on the insurance company and the plan you or your employer has with them.
We want everyone to invest in their dental health whether they have insurance or not. That’s why we have a number of payment options that can make the dental crown cost more affordable.
We believe… that every patient deserves the convenience of single visit crowns
When I prescribe a dental crown, you can be sure that there’s a good reason for it.
A dental crown can restore a damaged tooth, but it also protects the tooth.
If a patient has a cracked tooth, they shouldn’t wait until the tooth breaks before they decide to get a crown. Placing a crown before the damage has done can actually protect the tooth from even more damage.
We can keep the crack from progressing, which can prevent fracture or even damage to the nerve.
We believe that providing the best dental care for my patients includes recommending treatments that can prevent further damage.
To add to the preventative aspect of restorative dentistry, we want you benefit from the convenience of advanced dental technology. We’re truly happy to be able to offer same day crowns to our patients.
There is less time in the dental chair involved. Therefore, less time away from work and drive time to see us for multiple appointments. It’s convenient, to say the least.
Are you in need of a dental crown? Take action immediately
If you need a dental crown, don’t wait too long to treat the tooth. Taking action sooner rather than later can save you from pain, further damage, and cost.
Do you have questions about same day dental crowns? Send us an email with all of your questions!
My team and I look forward to offering some clarity so that you can make the most informed decisions about your dental health.