Dental implants can improve a person’s quality of life and help you smile more confidently.
If you are self-conscious because you wear dentures that do not fit or you have missing teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Dental implants are a popular and effective means to replace teeth, stabilize dentures and restore your smile that is permanent and effective. In fact, the development of dental implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the last 40 years.
Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the body. Implants are posts (screws), used to replace the root of a tooth that are surgically placed as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Not everyone is a candidate for implants. If you are interested in dental implants, discuss it with your dentist first. If you are in generally good oral and physical health, they are an option. Health is a factor.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental Implants FAQ’s
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant acts as a permanent “new” root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant (after adequate healing time), to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of partial or full teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and the procedure is very successful and reasonably affordable.
How long does healing and construction of the replacement teeth (implant crowns) take?
The entire process usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached.
Who can place a dental implant?
Your dentist may be able to place implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will refer you to periodontist, cosmetic dentist or oral surgeon.
How much does a dental implant cost?
The cost of your dental implants is determined case by case (the amount of implants being one factor). Scheduling a consult with us to determine the course of treatment, options (if available), cost and any financial arrangements available. Expense is always relative. For example, dental implants may be a little more expensive than fixed bridgework to place initially, but since they last so much longer, over time they are much more cost-effective.
Is the dental implant surgery painful?
No, it is done in your dentist’s office with local anesthetic, just as a filling is done. Once the anesthesia take effect, you shouldn’t feel anything.
How long do dental implants last?
Once a dental implant has fused to the bone successfully and it is functional, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have now been in place for more than 40 years.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance plans if there is a cheaper alternative. As they become more commonplace, however, some plans are covering them. Your dentist may offer payment plan options to ensure you get the best treatment available to replace missing teeth, regardless of your insurance coverage.