What’s A Tooth Implant Dentist?

A tooth implant dentist is a dentist that has specialized in dental implantology. After extensive education, training, and examination, a dentist is able to specialize in tooth implants.
Any licensed dentist can legally perform a dental implant surgery; yet, general dentists are held to the same standard of care as surgical specialists. In other words, it’s important for general dentists to have the same amount of training as surgical specialists if they perform the dental implants surgery including bone grafting.
Oral, maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists are the only surgical specialists recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) due to the post-graduate residency programs they take part in. Oral surgeons spend an additional four years beyond dental school in a hospital-based residency, which also includes a full year of anesthesia training. And periodontists on the other hand attend a three-year surgical residency program following dental school. This formal training and education alone is outweighs the skills and experience general dentists have.

Tooth implants

Dental implants are made of titanium – a biocompatible material that is naturally accepted to in the gums – which serve as a strong foundation for teeth replacement. The natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant.

Tooth implant process

 For a single tooth implant, the dentist custom-makes a new tooth for each person called a crown. A crown is designed to look like the rest of one’s teeth to ensure a natural smile. Implant-supported bridges and dentures are also custom-made to look and fit like natural teeth. The replacement teeth, or crowns, are then attached to the titanium implant posts.
Single-tooth implants can be beneficial for people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is placed into an opening in the jawbone that the dentist creates, and allowed to heal for 3 to 6 months. However, the procedure itself takes only 1 to 2 hours. Once the implant meshes with the jawbone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will replace the missing tooth.

Tooth implant price

According to the 2017 data, the abutment that screws into the implant costs between $270 and $470. If the abutment requires being custom-fabricated (as is the case sometimes with front teeth), it will be an additional $150 – $250. The crown attached to the abutment is the most expensive component and can cost anywhere from $970 – $2,700.

2017 Dental implants prices

  • A single implant costs $1,600-$1,900. Though the average cost in is $1,700, it can cost $2,000 or more if additional procedures such as extraction, bone grafts, gum grafts or a sinus lift are needed.
  • Placing an abutment and a dental crown on a single implant costs $1,240 – $1,800 with the average being $1,520.
  • The average cost for an implant, temporary tooth, abutment, crown and dentist follow-ups is $2,900-$3,200.

Bay Area dental implant cost

In the Bay Area, the average cost for dental implants in 2017 is $3,000-$3,600. This would include an implant post, temporary tooth, abutment, crown and dentist follow-ups.

San Francisco dental implant cost

In San Francisco, the average cost for dental implants in 2017 is $3,200-$3,900. This would include the implant, temporary tooth, abutment, crown, and dentist follow-ups.

Tooth implant pain

Yes, there is pain. It is a major dental surgery after all. However, the pain is definitely manageable. One may feel discomfort in the chin, cheeks, or underneath the eyes. It’s also possible to experience bruising of the skin and gums, pain at the implant site, and minor bleeding.

Implant teeth side effect

Like any surgery, dental implant surgery poses some health risks. These risks are rare and when they do occur they’re usually minor and treated.
Risks include:
· Infection at the implant site
· Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
· Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
· Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities

How to find a qualified tooth implant dentist?

The best way to find a dentist specialized in dental implants is to use Zentist. It will save you time visiting, calling, negotiating and comparing several dentists. Also, Zentist will give you price quotes by dentists before you decide which dentist you want to book an appointment with.
Manny Kurbonali
Co-founder, Growth Lead

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