What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for replacement teeth.  For patients who suffer from missing or failing teeth, dental implants are an effective, long-term solution.  Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are the preferred solution for many patients, because they are more comfortable, secure and last much longer than other options.

Dental implants are made out of medical-grade titanium or zirconium, which fuse to the bone in your jaw.  This integration provides a strong anchor for your new teeth (which ensures no slippage, as often occurs with dentures).  You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth.

Dental implants typically have three parts:

  1. The implant:  A screw that serves as an artificial root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.
  2. The abutment: A connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
  3. The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium (a type of ceramic material) or porcelain.


How much does a dental implant cost?

At renew, one implant costs $3,195, for patients who do not use insurance. This price includes your initial exam, 3-D x-ray, virtual treatment planning, dental implant, abutment attachment and porcelain crown. Some patients may require additional treatments, such as a tooth extraction ($100), bone grafting ($400) or a temporary prosthetic ($250-350). At your free one-hour consultation, the doctor will discuss your treatment options with you and determine if any of these additional treatments are required.

Why do your dental implants cost so much less than everyone else?

At renew, we provide you with an entire dental implant treatment, from start to finish. We don’t refer you out to any specialists, nor do we rush from chair to chair trying to fit in as many patients as possible.  We also have our own on-site dental laboratory, which reduces the time and cost involved in our treatment plans and enables us to develop innovative, state-of-the-art surgical techniques.  By focusing 100% of our attention on you, with one doctor in one location for your entire treatment plan, we’re able to provide you with faster, higher quality service at a lower price. It’s that simple.

How do I know if I should get a dental implant?

Dental implants are anchors designed to support replacement teeth. If you have existing missing teeth, or have teeth that are having problems, dental implants might be an option you should consider.  If you’re still not sure if they are right for you, we would be glad to talk more about your specific condition over the phone. If you have pictures or x-rays you can email us we can also use those to talk about your treatment options over the phone or email. Since each person’s oral health situation is unique, the best way to determine if a dental implant is the right option for you is to visit us for a free, one-hour consultation.  During the consultation, we’ll take a 3-D x-ray of your full mouth, and discuss the pros and cons of all treatment options available, including non-implant options.  This will allow the doctor to assess your situation and provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for you.

I’ve heard you can get new teeth in one day. Is that possible?

Yes, you can get new teeth in one day, but they will be temporary teeth.  On the same day that we place the dental implant, we will place a temporary prosthetic tooth (stay-plate). The reason we do this is the bone around the dental implant needs time to heal.  The worst thing for bone healing is micro-movement.  If movement occurs during the healing process, they form a fibrous union (scar tissue) instead of an osseous union (bone tissue).  For example, if you break your arm, the doctor places you in a cast to prevent movement while your arm heals. With dental implants, if bone movement occurs during the healing process, this results in implant failure. Placing a permanent tooth on a dental implant before providing adequate time for your bone to heal greatly increases the risk of the implant failing. Once the area where the implant was placed has healed (about four months), we’ll place a permanent tooth (crown) on the implant, and you’ll be on your way with a beautiful new smile!

What is the process to get a dental implant?

Following your free one-hour consultation, a typical single tooth implant placement takes four months from start to finish and involves three easy steps: Appointment 1 – Dental implant surgical placement (60 min.) Appointment 2 – Check dental implant and take impressions for crown (30-60 min.) Appointment 3 – Cement final crown (30 min.) If extractions and/or bone grafts are needed, an additional 4-7 months of healing time will be required.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

The procedure to place dental implants into the bone is a dental surgery.  You will be completely anesthetized (numb) throughout the procedure.  Afterwards, you can expect to experience mild to moderate soreness for up to two weeks, though most patients feel back to normal after one week.  The amount of pain you experience also depends on how invasive the procedure is; things like tooth extractions, bone grafting, and multiple implants placed at the same time all increase the pain you can expect.  We help you manage your pain by providing anti-inflammatory and analgesic (anti-pain) medications before and after your surgery.  Many of our patients are surprised to find that they end up with less pain than they expect.