Dental Implants – Annapolis, MD
The Ultimate in Tooth Replacement
There are many options to choose from when it comes to rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, but dental implants in Annapolis, MD stand out above the rest. Dental implants are unique in that they replace not just the visible parts of the teeth, but also the roots that are embedded in the jaw. As a result, dental implants feel sturdier, look more natural, and can last for decades longer than regular dentures and dental bridges can. To learn more about the ultimate in tooth replacement, contact Vanik Dental Group of Annapolis today to set up your dental implant consultation!
Why Choose Vanik Dental Group of Annapolis for Dental Implants?
- Partners with Experienced Oral Surgeons
- Trusted by Annapolis Families for 30+ Years
- Affordable, Low-Interest Payment Plans Available
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are, essentially, replacement tooth roots. These small, screw-like posts are usually made from titanium – a material that is 100% biocompatible, meaning it will naturally integrate with the bone tissue in the jaw after it has been surgically placed there. Then, Dr. John Vanik can attach any number of personalized replacement teeth on top to complete the visual part of your smile. In the end, you’ll have new pearly whites that are practically impossible to distinguish from your old ones!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
- Consultation – First, we take X-rays and examine your mouth to determine your level of eligibility for dental implants.
- Dental implant surgery – When you’re ready, we refer you to a local oral surgeon, who expertly places the dental implant posts into your jawbone.
- Osseointegration – This process of the implants merging with your jawbone can take up to six months, but it’s crucial to the long-term success of your new teeth.
- Restoration – After osseointegration, Dr. Vanik can design and place a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture atop your implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are hardly skin-deep. When you choose them to replace missing teeth over more traditional methods, you’re doing your long-term oral health and quality of life a big favor. As you learn more about dental implants from our team, you’ll quickly start to realize why so many people are pursuing them to replace lost teeth (as well as why so many dentists are recommending them!)
Of course, you’re more than welcome to look over the benefits yourself ahead of your first dental implant consultation. The day-to-day, health, and long-term benefits that come with them are truly second-to-none!
- Those who receive dental implants are capable of eating all the foods they want, including tough or crunchy foods like steak or apples. Chewing truly feels natural through and through because this specific integration takes place.
- Dental implants provide the most natural-looking esthetics possible (thanks to the porcelain material utilized). That means you can rest knowing that your new smile via dental implants will give your confidence and self-esteem a boost!
- Practicing oral hygiene habits (such as brushing and flossing) feel no different with dental implants compared to having natural teeth. Since dental implants are also not meant to be removable, there’s no need to worry about taking them out just to ensure they are thoroughly clean.
- Our dentists do not need to modify existing tooth structures to place and restore dental implants. This cannot be said for dental bridges, which require removing enamel from existing natural teeth just to make them fit.
- Maintaining a balanced diet can be difficult when you have dentures because many foods that would be good for your oral and overall health are too crunchy or chewy to break down. With dental implants, expanding your diet to include many different foods is easier compared to having a denture.
- Those who have missing teeth generally have a lower lifespan as well. Dental implants make your smile complete, ensuring you can live your life to the absolute fullest!
- When you replace the entire root structure of teeth, you’re not solely restoring your smile’s appearance. In fact, you’re providing stimulation to your bone tissue, which in turn keeps your biting force strong. This also means you’re able to maintain your existing bone tissue as well as properly digest your favorite foods!
- Dental implants are the longest-lasting solution for tooth loss. On average, they last between 30 years and a lifetime, which is even longer than other methods like dental bridges and dentures.
- With a success rate as high as 98 percent, you can expect your tooth replacement to be reliable and withstand the test of time regardless of how many teeth you need to replace.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
If you have good oral health and enough bone inside your jaw, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to begin your dental implant treatment! If you need to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, or all the teeth in your smile, you can get it done via dental implants.
Missing One Tooth
To replace one tooth, a titanium implant is placed inside of the jaw and given time to heal. Once the bone and soft tissue has formed around the implant, we can place an abutment (connector which stabilizes the restoration) and a porcelain crown. We use porcelain because of how closely it resembles natural tooth enamel.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Dental bridges can be customized to fit on top of dental implants. Not only does this mean you can replace multiple teeth at a time via dental implants, but you can maintain the natural structure of your neighboring teeth in the process! Implant bridges can be used to replace two or more consecutive teeth.
Missing All Teeth
Whether you’re getting your first denture or you’re tired of your current one, it can be customized to snap on top of dental implants. This method is feasible for both full and partial dentures and capable of being fixed or removable, depending on your preference.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
If you’ve ever asked a dentist how much dental implants cost over the phone, you probably didn’t get a clear answer. The fact is every patient’s dental implant treatment is unique. Costs are determined by several different factors. We will provide an estimate during your consultation and go over all associated costs. In the meantime, here are some things for you to take into consideration.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Any preliminary treatments that you require before you can get dental implants, like gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, will contribute to the overall cost. For many patients, these treatments are necessary to ensure that the dental implants are successful. Preliminary treatments are sometimes covered by dental insurance, so this is something that you should check with your insurance provider.
Dental implant surgery incurs its own cost. This will depend on where the implants are being placed in the jaw and the types of sedation or anesthesia you need. Because we want you to see the best possible results, we work with a local specialist for surgery. They will discuss what you can expect to pay for the procedure separately.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Here are the main factors that contribute to the cost of your dental implants:
- Number of dental implants: Depending on the number of teeth you need to have replaced and where they are located in the mouth, you will need more or fewer implants. The more implants you need, the higher the cost will be.
- Type of restoration: Crowns, bridges, and dentures all have different costs. Generally, the smaller the restoration, the more affordable it will be.
- Size or material: Implants can be made out of zirconia or titanium. These materials are at different price points.
- Brand of dental implant: Dental implants come from many different manufacturers. This can influence their cost.
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
It can be tempting for patients to try to save money buy opting for dentures or bridges, but dental implants have benefits that you can’t get from any other tooth replacement option. They can even help you to save money in the long run. By investing in implants, you won’t need to worry bout paying for replacements every 5 to 7 years like you would with dentures, and there’s no need to stock up on adhesives or soaking solutions either. They can also help you to avoid certain oral health issues, like gum disease, misalignment, and tooth decay, that require costly treatments through the years.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance doesn’t usually include the cost of dental implants, but there are some exceptions. Parts of the final or preliminary treatments are often covered. At Vanik Dental Group of Annapolis, we proudly accept numerous popular dental insurance plans. If you have any questions regarding your plan and what it covers, feel free to talk to one of our friendly team members.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are out-of-luck. We work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can break the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. Talk to one of our team members to learn more about your options.