Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?

Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?

Oct 01, 2019

Dental implant surgery is not a new concept as they have been used for ages to correct missing teeth, but are they worth the risk?

Despite their cost, dental fixtures might be worth the risk. Not only do they provide a permanent solution, but they also have a 95% success rate.

What are Dental Implants?

Artificial teeth are made of three parts: titanium screw that is surgically fixed on the jawbone, a crown and bridge that connects the crown to the gums.

The procedure is done in two stages and takes three to six months for the implants to be fused to the jawbone.

Compared to other dental options, implants don’t shift and are customized to fit your natural shape.

Are you eligible?

Although the procedure is safe and highly recommended, not everyone is eligible. Our dentists advocate for dental implants only if you are:

  • You are above 16 years
  • You have healthy gums, strong and good bone density
  • You are cavity-free
  • Have a good oral hygiene practice
  • You are a non-smoker
  • Not sensitive to metal like copper, zinc, lead, nickel, or iron. These metals are used as alloy on the titanium screw
  • Don’t have diabetes, cancer, or bone degradation. These conditions affect the immune system and impair the healing process

Types of Dental Implants

The American Dental Association has approved two types of implants; endosteal and subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal implants

These fixtures are surgically fixed into the jawbone. Endosteal implants are fixed in three sessions.

  • The first session the surgery for implantation is done.
  • The second appointment the dentist connects the post to the implant
  • Finally, they install the artificial post.

Subperiosteal

The implants are fixed under the gum but above the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are recommended for patients who neither have natural jawbone nor want bone grafting to rebuild it.

Dental implant procedure

On your initial visit, our dentist will examine your dental health to determine the type and the number of implants you need. At Crystal Creek Dental, we offer different forms of implant treatment;

  • Single implants are done if you have one missing tooth as a result of an accident.
  • Multiple implants are ideal for patients who are missing more than one tooth and whose surrounding teeth and gums are healthy. The dentist will use two dental implants and a crown to fix the missing teeth.
  • All-on-four implants are used if you need a full-mouth reconstruction. Our oral surgeon uses four dental implants and a full arch of teeth.

The dentist will then insert the root implant in the bone socket. The healing process will take six to 12 weeks for the jawbone to heal.

The second appointment involves the attachment of the bridge (abutment) that connects the gum to the new tooth. Using your teeth model, the dentist will attach the crown to the abutment.

These teeth will feel, look, and function like the natural ones, and require the same care oral care as your natural teeth.

Is Dental Implant surgery risky?

Installing implants is a complex surgical procedure that needs precision and experienced personnel. However, like any other surgical procedure, you could develop complications.

It is possible to get an infection or nerve damage. Furthermore, Titanium, though a safe mineral, could cause inflammation under acidic conditions and galvanic corrosion if it comes in contact with other metals in your mouth. It is, therefore, crucial to inform the dentist if you have any inlay/Onlays.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Implants, when installed correctly, offer great benefits;

  • They offer a natural appearance after they are fused to the jaw bone.
  • They are comfortable because the implants become part of you.
  • Implants are durable and can last for a lifetime.
  • The dental implants are convenient and improve your oral health.

Conclusion

As aforementioned, dental fixtures could offer you a lifetime of dental support. However, the success of these artificial teeth is dependent on your dental hygiene practices and the expertise of the dentist. If you are looking for quality and long-term dental support, make an appointment with our dentists. We will help you choose the right implant and offer you the best post-surgery support and care to help you achieve the perfect smile.