Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Tooth loss, weak teeth, or teeth that simply don’t look how you want can cause more than just self-esteem issues. They can impact your quality of life. Without properly aligned teeth or with missing teeth you lose the ability to chew effectively and speak properly. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss or replacing weak and unsightly teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium rods that are placed in your jaw bone. The rods are then fitted with a permanent crown that looks and functions just like a regular tooth. Implants don’t loosen like dentures and don’t have to be anchored to surrounding teeth like bridges.
How do dental implants work?
Implants are literally anchored to your jaw bone. This is accomplished through a two step process. First, the dentist prepares your jaw bone and inserts the rods. This requires several months of healing. Depending on the condition of your jawbone this process might need to be broken into two stages, where a bone graft happens and then the rods are placed. Once the rods are placed in your jawbone and you’ve totally healed the dentist will then prepare permanent crowns to affix to the rods.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a great option for healthy patients who don’t want to bother with dentures that are consistently slipping or have to be removed to be cleaned. Implants function just like your normal teeth and as a result are cared for in the same way. You’ll brush twice a day, floss once a day, and head to the dentist for regular visits.
Because implants don’t slip they making eating much more enjoyable and also help you speak without any speech impediments.
Endosteal implants are implanted right into the jaw. After your mouth has healed another surgery is required to connect the titanium post to the implant. After which a crown can be affixed.
These implants are most popular and implant the post directly into the jawbone. Once you heal you simply have your crown attached to the post. Patients who are insecure about not having teeth while they’re healing are sometimes given temporary crowns.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for. They’re incredibly durable and made to withstand the daily wear of everything your mouth does, including eating.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implants is someone who is healthy, doesn’t smoke, and is committed to maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen. Individuals who have diseases like heart disease and diabetes will need to be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
More often than not dental insurance does not cover implants or they cover a small portion of the expenses. We, however, aim to make all of our dental procedures affordable and offer simple, clear cut payment plans that help you accomplish your health goals without breaking the bank.