Have you been struggling with tooth loss for far too long? This serious level of dental damage can affect not only your oral health, but your smile’s ability to function and your everyday quality of life as well. At Soldotna Dental Arts, Dr. O’Donoghue would like to introduce you to a state-of-the-art method for replenishing strong, attractive teeth that exceed expectations: dental implants. Our team is happy to offer every stage of implant treatment, including the surgical portions, right here in our Soldotna, AK dental office for maximized convenience and comfort. Please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Dental implants are highly versatile and can benefit patients who are struggling with a wide spectrum of tooth loss, from a single small gap to an entire arch. Keep reading below to learn more about what types of restorations are available for each unique situation:
Single tooth dental implants can be paired with all-porcelain crowns for a conservative and successful replacement. The customized restoration will slip right into place alongside natural teeth without requiring them to be reduced, and the crown’s metal-free construction will even reflect light in the same way as your original tooth enamel for a highly lifelike result.
While implant-retained dental crowns can be paired with multiple implants throughout the mouth, a dental bridge may be better suited to cases where the patient has lost several natural teeth in a row. You will only need two dental implants for this type of restoration, with each one being placed on opposite sides of the gap in question. The bridge itself is then anchored in place over them for a sturdy, functional fit.
When a significant number of natural teeth (or even an entire arch) have been lost, implant-retained dentures can provide comprehensive, cost-effective coverage. Instead of placing one individual implant for each lost tooth, these modern prosthetics can be securely attached over a small number of strategically positioned implants throughout the jaw. Depending on the patient’s preferences and current level of oral health, the denture can be fixed permanently in place or left removable like a traditional denture.
While many general dentistry practices throughout the Kenai Peninsula have to refer their patients to separate specialists for the surgical component of dental implant treatment, Dr. O’Donoghue has the necessary advanced training and expertise to perform this type of care right here in-office. This means that every stage of your smile transformation will be personally handled by a team you already know and trust — no time-consuming trips or “surprise” extra costs required.
Determining the cost of dental implants is a complicated question, and one that cannot be determined without first undergoing a dedicated consultation with Dr. O’Donoghue. Every patient’s oral health needs are different, and there are several components to the treatment process that will affect the overall cost. This includes the number of implants needed, if abutments (connectors between the implants and restorations) are necessary, and the type of restorative solution we’re creating.
While dental implants are certainly an investment, our team strongly believes they are one worth making. While more traditional prosthetics will more than likely require costly repair and replacement over the years, implants are truly built to stand the test of time. You can count on them to benefit your overall health and wellbeing far into the future.