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What Are Dental Implants?


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Missing a Tooth? Dental Implants are here to help

Dental Implants are considered the best option when thinking about the replacement of missing tooth or even a series of missing teeth. Your tooth implants are perfectly molded after the teeth they are replacing and offer a natural-looking solution that is easy to care for, long-lasting and looks great!

Dental implant in jaw

What are Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a titanium tooth anchoring system made to replace missing teeth and to prevent any issues that may come from having a missing tooth like, tooth shifting, bone loss, gum disease and decay. The anchor that attaches your implant to your jaw is made out of titanium because it is a bio compatible metal, meaning that it will naturally work with your gums and jaw. The anchor acts just like the roots of your teeth, and better yet, it does not decay like your natural teeth would. After the anchor has healed a fused to your gums the implant is finally finished with a crown that is molded and colored to look exactly like your other teeth.

When Should you get Dental Implants?

It is very important to have missing teeth replaced as soon as you can

After a tooth is removed from the mouth, bone loss in the jaw begins to occur and your teeth can begin to shift out of place, implants stop this process from happening. When a significant amount of bone is lost after a tooth extraction, a bone graft must be conducted before placing an implant to make up for the bone that you have lost, further slowing the process and making your procedure more expensive. The longer your tooth is missing, the more potential your tooth has to shift and for bone loss to occur. Bone loss can affect the appearance of your jaw line, causing sagging of the skin and the appearance of aging.

In addition to bone loss, the longer a tooth is missing, the more likely other complications are to arise. One example is the possibility of a supraeruption of the opposite tooth to the extraction site. This is a process in which the opposing tooth begins coming out of its socket due to the missing tooth not being present to hold it in place. Missing teeth may also cause other teeth in the mouth to shift around, resulting in crooked teeth. Shifting teeth can often cause discomfort and can also lead to a change in the natural bite.

The dental implants used at Snellville Family Dental are shorter than most implants, which is better for patients for many reasons. Shorter implants do not require as much bone grafting as regular length implants and they are also less invasive to the bone structure and are safer for sinuses in the jaw. There is also a much shorter healing time associated with shorter dental implants This means that your procedure is a lot less painful, and the healing time is going to be much quicker. Implants have become the preferred solution to replace missing teeth because they look, feel, and act the same as your own natural teeth without the risk of any decay. Though implants may seem to be an intimidating procedure, they are the best solution to missing teeth and regaining the confidence in your smile.

Why are Shorter Implants Better for You?

Shorter Implants are less invasive, less painful and heal much quicker

How are Implants different from your teeth?

Implants attach themselves to your jaw and react to dental disease better than your natural teeth.

Dental implants fuse directly to the bone while your natural teeth do not. Natural Teeth are also susceptible to dental decay and may also need root canal therapy; dental implants are metal therefore they do not decay. Ultimately implants look and function just like regular teeth. Dental Implants are cared for in the same way as regular teeth, they can be brushed and flossed the same way, but metal tools should not be used on them. If taken care of properly your implant will last you a lifetime.

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How Much do Dental Implants Cost?

You should expect to invest about $3,250 per implant from start to finish.

The cost for implants will vary depending on the number of teeth getting them. On average, implants cost anywhere from $3,500 – $4,500.  Prices listed below do not include coverage that patients may have from their dental insurance. Dental insurance will often only cover a portion of the dental implants procedure.  Our front desk staff can give you estimated out of pocket costs and check your insurance coverage. However, for a full breakdown of benefits and exact coverage, patients should contact their insurance provider.


With implants, the total cost is spread out over 3-4 months, sometimes even longer depending on how extensive each case is. For dentures and bridges, the total cost is due by the end of procedure, which is about 2 weeks. Since the procedure is much shorter it can make the payments much higher, making more difficult to manage.

Implant and Placement$1,500
Healing Abutment$675
Total Investment$3,250
Additional Procedures
Simple Bone Graft$400 – $500
Complex Bone Graft$2,000 – $3,000
Simple Extraction$75 – $300
Surgical Extraction$150 – $650
X-Rays$20 – $250

A 3 or 4 tooth bridge mounted on two implants can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 (the average being $8,500). A full set of upper and lower implant supported dentures ranges from $25,000 to $95,000 (average of $34,000), depending heavily on the condition of your gums, jaw bone and existing teeth (if any)

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Are Dental Implants Worth it?


Easy to care for versus alternatives

Implants are easy to take care of and have none of the annoying hassles that come with dentures. They require no special care beyond what your normal teeth would need.


Long Lasting Permanent Solution

Unlike dentures or dental bridges, Dental Implants offer a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. Implants normally last a lifetime while a bridge or denture typically will last 5-10 years.


Look and Feel like Your Real Teeth

Implants look and feel just like healthy, natural teeth. Imagine having the confidence to smile all over again. The best part is, no one will be able to tell the difference. 


Less Annoying Than Dentures

Implants do not need to be removed when you eat or sleep like a denture would, they also do not required any kind of special cleaning routines or glues.

Are Implants Right for me?

In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:

  • Have one or several missing teeth
  • Have a jawbone that is fully grown
  • Have enough bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
  • Have healthy gums and oral tissue

Implants vs Dental Bridges

When it comes to a single missing tooth, dental implants are hands down the best approach to replacing a tooth. This is because implants do not cause any damage to the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Implants are a better alternative for dental bridges because if a bridge is placed instead of an implant, the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth must be altered to allow crowns to be placed for the bridge.

Dental Implants also lead to reduced bone loss in your jaw over a dental bridge. Since the implant is placed into the bone where a tooth is missing, the bone will maintain its strength and structure once fused to the implant. On the other hand, a dental bridge does not go into the bone. This causes the bone under that tooth to recede, which can lead to further problems down the road, such as shifting other teeth.

Single tooth dental implant

Implants are also the cheaper solution to missing teeth, as other techniques tend to cost much more money over time. The process of starting and finishing a bridge takes about two weeks, so the cost of the bridge is due within that time. On the other hand, due to the healing process of a placing an implant and restoring it, this procedure takes about 3-4 months to complete. Implants are also
meant to last a lifetime, unlike bridges which require maintenance and often replacements over time. If you have dental insurance, usually both options may be covered by your plan. Contact our office to find out if your insurance will help cover this procedure.

dental bridge in mouth

Implants vs Dentures

Dental Implants, while quite bit a more expensive than partial and complete dentures, offer many added benefits and conveniences over dentures. Like bridges, dentures can lead to severe bone loss in the jaw since that bone is no longer being used. As bone loss occurs, such as with a denture or bridge, the skin on your jaw and cheeks will begin to sag, adding many years to your appearance. Implants can maintain your youthful look, while allowing you to have fixed teeth!

full set of dentures

Since implants are fixed in the mouth, it is not necessary (or possible) to remove them for cleaning or sleeping. Just brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist every 6 months to have your teeth cleaned. Implants, with proper care, can last a lifetime, while a denture may only last 5-10 years. This can lead to reduced cost over time if you are not having to replace your denture. Dentures also have the potential to shift around in the mouth and cause discomfort, whereas implants do not shift at all.

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Implant Supported Dentures

If considering a complete denture, a full mouth of implants would be rather cost-prohibitive. Implant-Supported Dentures are a viable option for dentures while avoiding the potential problems of traditional dentures. In this procedure, a few implants are placed strategically around the mouth and then the denture anchors to the implants. With an implant supported denture, there is much less bone loss than with a traditional complete denture since the implants will still make use of the bone. The implant-supported denture will also be much more stable when eating.

Dental insurance may help reduce the cost of partial dentures, implants, complete dentures and implant-supported dentures. Contact our front desk staff to find out more about your insurance coverage.

Bottom row implant supported dentures
Dental BridgeDental Implants
Total Cost

$2,800 – $3,500

In network insurance may change price

$2,750 – $3,250 est
In network insurance may change price

How long do they last?5 – 10 yearsImplant is lifetime. Crown should be 10 – 15 years.
How long does it take?2 – 3 weeks3 – 4 months
Insurance CoveragePossiblePossible
Surrounding TeethYes, surrounding teeth will need to be ground and placed with crownsNo impact to surrounding teeth

Aftercare for Dental Implants

A successful dental implant procedure depends on keeping your mouth as clean as possible. You can start cleaning your regular teeth the night of the procedure but avoid brushing the surgical site for a few days. Afterwards you can brush it as tenderness allows. It’s also important to avoid hot food and drinks for the first 24 hours following the procedure.

Its very important for the longevity and success of your implant that you keep up regular teeth cleaning habits. Additionally, the crown that has been placed over the implants can be subject to wear and possible breakage so be sure to check for breakages fairly frequently.

Please contact your dentist if any of the following conditions occur because they may indicate a problem with your implant.

  • Feeling of looseness of your implant.
  • Unusual clicking or a metallic snapping sound when eating.
  • A Breakage or crack on your crown
  • Redness in the gum tissue around the implant.
  • Feeling of a difference in your bite.
  • Pain on or near the procedure site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover dental implant procedures.

You can continue normal tooth brushing the night of your procedure. Please wait two or three days before brushing the implant surgical site as it may be tender.

Yes, you will have stiches after your procedure. They will typically fall out themselves within a few days.

Antibiotics are used to prevent infection in and around the dental implant area. It is very important that you follow the directions on your antibiotics and take the full reccomended dose to its completion.

Swelling is typically a part of the healing process and will become more pronounced if you require a bone graft. You can expect your swelling to increase for 3 – 4 days following the procedure. It will quickly subside after that.

Dental Implants are molded to look and feel exactly like your teeth. They will look indistinguishable.

The overall procedure can take as long as a year from start to finish, but this time frame can also be much shorter. Consult your dental care professional to get an exact answer.

It is okay to eat about an hour after your procedure. Be sure to avoid any hot foods and liquids for atleast 24 hours. Be sure to only easy soft non crunchy foods.

Under no circumstances should you smoke following your dental procedure. Smoking can damage your gums and interfere with the healing process. Smoking increases your chances of infection, implant failure and bone graft failure. Smokers have the highest rates of implant failure.

Dental implants are made to last you a lifetime if taken care of properly.

There is not much pain associated with getting dental implants. During the procedure, a local anestthetic will be applied to the area being worked on so you shouldn’t feel a thing.

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