Dental Implants

Dental Implants

May 16, 2019

Apart from dentures and bridges, now dental implants is also an option for loss of teeth due to decay or other reasons.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are made in a way to match your natural tooth and are replacement tooth roots. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

The advantages of the dental implant include the following:

  • Improved appearance
  • Improved speech
  • Improved comfort
  • Easier eating
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved oral health
  • Durability
  • Convenience

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

In general, the success rate of dental implant is 98% but it also according to the position of the implant in the jaw.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

People having uncontrolled chronic disorders such as heart diseases, diabetes or patients having radiation therapy to the head/neck area needs to be evaluated first. Apart from that patients having healthy gums, enough bones and can commit to regular dental visits and good oral hygiene can be considered for a dental implant.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

It is important that the details for insurance should be first discussed with the dentist as in general the dental implants are not covered by dental insurance for the time being. The medical plan may consider depending on the insurance and the cause of tooth loss.

What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?

The first step is the individualized treatment plan which addresses the patient’s specific needs that are prepared by a team of experienced professionals. Next comes the tooth root implant which is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth and grows around the implanted metal post.

Later, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. Impressions are taken to build a new tooth and replacement tooth called crown is placed on the abutment. The color of the new teeth will also match the natural teeth.

How Painful Are Dental Implants?

The people who have got dental implants have a view that very little discomfort is involved in the procedure and is less painful than a tooth extraction.

How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

They require the same care as normal teeth such as brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.