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Shearman, D.D.S.

Dental Implants

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Missing a tooth or multiple teeth can have a dramatic effect on the way you chew. If you are self-conscious because you are missing a tooth, have dnetures that are loose and uncomfortable, or do not want to have good tooth removed for a bridge its time to consider a dental implant. The best way to replace a missing tooth that was lost to decay, trauma, or periodontal disease is with a dental implant.

The process of a dental implant varies by each individual case but usually will involve three main step. The initial step is removing the hopeless tooth or grafting the missing tooth area. It is usually necessary to graft bone in an area because without a tooth bone is lost in the area. The bone graft is covered up and allowed to heal for 5-6 months. During the healing phase the bodies own natural processes integrate the bone graft and it becomes thicker and wider. After the graft has matured it is indistinguishable from the bone in the area. The bone graft provides the scaffolding for your body to lay the work for bone growth.

Once the area has adequate bone for a dental implant the implant is placed in approximately the same location that the natural tooth root would have been. The implant is then allowed to heal and the bone surrounding the dental implant osseointegrates. The dental implant is made out of titanium and has been shown to be well accepted by the body.

The Last portion of the dental implant is 4 to 5 months after the implant was placed. Once the dental implant is stable in the jaw bone than a crown and abutment can be connected. The Crown is similar to what is used on natural teeth and the abutment allows for a connection between the implant and the crown. The abutment also gives the appearance of a natural tooth when it is custom made to emerge from the gum tissue.

Not all dental implant cases require bone grafting and often times we can place a dental implant the same day we take a tooth out. The cost of a dental implant can vary quite a bit based upon what needs to be done and we will discuss this at the initial visit. Most dental implants in our office cost around $3600 for the dental implant, bone graft, abutment, and crown. As always we submit all the dental insurance paperwork for a dental implant for you and we are a provider for multiple different dental insurance companies. We also offer financing on dental implants in our office as well.

Overall the time line for a dental implant can range from 4 to 12 months from start to finish. The longer time period is necessary for a permanent solution. During that time period a temporary can be made to fill in the missing tooth.

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Dr. Shearman
Butte Dentistry
3310 Monroe Ave
Butte MT 59701