Dental Implants – Boise, ID

Long-Lasting, Leading-Edge Replacement Teeth

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental technology continues to deliver—and dental implants have quickly risen among the ranks of tooth restoration options due to their unique placement method and unparalleled benefits. We’re thrilled to work with some of the highest-rated oral surgeons in the area to assist you with your dental implant placement if you choose to go this route, or have Dr. Harless place it.  After it is placed, Dr. Harless can assist you with every other stage of the process of restoring your smile with dental implants in Boise.

Why Choose Southwest Dental Arts for Dental Implants?

  • Dentist with 20+ Years of Experience
  • Partnered with Trustworthy Specialists
  • Realistic, Natural-Looking Results

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are the name of the game when it comes to replacing missing teeth; while traditional restorations such as bridges and dentures rely on healthy adjacent teeth or adhesives to remain in place, dental implants utilize posts that have been surgically placed into the patient’s jawbone. This leads to outstanding support, unmatched jawbone preservation, and the entire replacement of the lost tooth’s structure. And the best part is that dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth, from one to all of them!

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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The process for receiving dental implants can be broken into four main steps:

  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation – You’ll have to visit us first in order to determine your eligibility for dental implants; potential candidates must have adequate oral health and sufficient jawbone density, among other factors.
  • Dental Implant Surgery – We’re proud to partner with top-rated local oral surgeons for your dental implant post placement; the surgery itself is straightforward, but as with any oral surgery, certain precautions and guidelines must be followed.
  • Dental Implant Osseointegration – Osseointegration, or the process in which your implant posts fuse with your jawbone, can take a few months—but this is the single most important factor that contributes to the success of dental implants.
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations – Once your implant posts have fully healed, you’ll return to receive your customized replacement teeth; and assuming you take care of them, your new smile is here to stay!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are incredibly versatile since they can replace one tooth, an entire arch of missing teeth, and everything in between. Of course, that’s just one benefit. When you choose this state-of-the-art tooth-replacement solution, you’re gaining access to many incredible perks that dentures and dental bridges simply cannot offer. With this in mind, keep reading to learn a few advantages of dental implants:

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Here are a few of the many day-to-day benefits you’ll enjoy with dental implants:

  • Dental implants are easy to maintain: In short, you don’t need special oral hygiene products to keep your dental implants in pristine condition. All you need to do is be proactive about caring for them, just like your natural teeth! That includes brushing twice a day and visiting us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Dental implants increase your confidence: Although all tooth-replacement solutions are custom-made, that’s not the only factor that impacts your confidence. Dental implants, for example, don’t move when you smile, talk, or chew, preventing you from being self-conscious as you go about your day.
  • Dental implants allow you to eat most foods: While tooth loss restricts your diet, dental implants expand your diet! Since they get their support from your jawbone and are crafted from high-quality dental materials, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods again, even crunchier ones!

Health Benefits

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Below are a few noteworthy health benefits that come with dental implants:

  • Dental implants preserve your jawbone: While dentures rest against your gums and dental bridges get support from surrounding teeth, dental implants are inserted directly into your jawbone. So, every time you chew, your jawbone will be stimulated, which helps prevent bone loss.
  • Dental implants protect your natural teeth: We mentioned above that dental bridges get support from surrounding teeth. That’s true, and sometimes it requires even healthy ones to be altered. The same cannot be said for dental implants. They are self-supporting and help prevent other oral health problems, like dental drift.
  • Dental implants benefit your overall health: Sadly, tooth loss takes a toll on your overall health. The good news is that dental implants can replace one, a few, or all of your teeth, decreasing your risk of problems like indigestion and malnutrition in the process.

Long-Term Benefits

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In the following section, you’ll find some noteworthy long-term benefits of dental implants:

  • Dental implants have a high success rate: Naturally, you want to invest your time and money in a treatment that has a high success rate, and dental implants do! It’s around 95%, but it’s even higher among non-smoking patients.
  • Dental implants preserve your youthful appearance: You might have realized that missing teeth can result in a sunken-in, aged appearance. Fortunately, dental implants fill the gaps in your smile while also preserving your jawbone, creating a more youthful look overall.
  • Dental implants are long-lasting: Depending on how you care for your dental implants, they can last 30+ years!

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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For most patients, the cost of treatment is a deciding factor in their tooth replacement. Unfortunately, because we customize dental implants in each case, we can’t generalize a cookie-cutter estimate for dental implants. We can only give an accurate price quote after we’ve had the chance to examine your mouth and get an idea of what you’ll need in a consultation. However, regardless of the cost, we are happy to work with you to make your fully restored smile a financially reachable goal.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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In some cases, before the implants can be put in, preparatory procedures are necessary. If you require a bone graft, gum disease treatment, and additional tooth extraction, these additional treatments will contribute to the overall cost. The surgery itself will vary in cost based on how many implants you receive and the time it takes to place the posts.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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Did you know that there are different types of dental implants with several choices of brands and models? In this way, implants are just like many other products. When planning your implants, Dr. Harless considers these various brands and types of implants, selecting the one(s) that will best serve your smile in the long term. As a result, even the parts of an implant (i.e., post, abutment, and restoration) will affect the cost.

How Dental Implants Could Save You Money

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With traditional dentures, you have to pay to replace your prosthetic teeth about every five years. Normal bridges last about 10 years before requiring a new restoration. Over time, the cost of replacement can add up!

On the other hand, dental implants can go for several decades and still be in excellent condition. Although dental implants come with a higher upfront price, over the years you may find that dental implants cost less than traditional replacements. Plus, in the meantime, you get to enjoy benefits that dentures and bridges can’t offer. In other words, implants are well worth the price you pay!

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Not all dental insurance policies are exactly alike, but in general, plans don’t include dental implant coverage. However, some parts of the overall treatment may be partially covered. For instance, if you require preliminary procedures, such as gum disease treatment or tooth extraction, your cost may be reduced. The restoration should also be partially paid for by your insurance company, helping you spend less out of your own pocket. During your consultation, we’ll look at your policy and try to find as many opportunities as possible for you to save.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, you may be worried about taking on the cost all on your own, but we offer an alternative that could help you save: our in-house savings plan. This plan comes with routine preventive care but also includes a 20 percent discount on necessary and elective restorative care. In other words, you could avoid having to pay full price.

In addition, you can defray the cost of dental implants over time through financing with Sunbit, Alphaeon, or CareCredit. We trust these companies and can help you through the application process.