If you have lost a tooth due to disease, injury, or other reason, a dental implant may be the perfect solution.
Dental implants are the most natural option available in today’s dentistry. They have been used successfully for more than three decades, and are the only restoration treatment that preserves natural bone.
Dental implants are also a viable alternative to dentures or bridges that don’t fit well or when natural teeth roots don’t allow for dentures or bridgework.
With a success rate of almost 98%, dental implants are the most reliable and permanent replacement for missing or damaged teeth. They feel, look, and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants are screw-shaped artificial tooth roots made of titanium. When placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone, stimulating bone growth and creating a sturdy foundation for artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on top of the implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are then custom-made to match your natural teeth.
Patients enjoy better oral health with an implant because it leaves the surrounding teeth intact. Once fully healed (generally in 6-12 weeks), implants do not affect eating, drinking or speaking.
Dr. Thiel will consult with you to determine if implants are a good fit for your unique situation. He will refer you to a specialist provider – generally an oral surgeon – for the procedure. Be assured he and his team will work closely with this provider to ensure your complete and seamless care.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Unfortunately, this is not a yes-or-no question. It depends on whether medical insurance, dental insurance, or both could apply to the procedure, and on your specific coverage details and limits. Dr. Thiel and his team will always discuss costs and insurance options with you before any treatment begins.
Did You Know?
Three million people in the United States have dental implants… .a number that is growing by 500,000 annually
If you’re missing one or more teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Thiel today!