Apart from dentures and bridges, now dental implants is also an option for loss of teeth due to decay or other reasons.
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.
The advantages of the dental implant include the following:
In general, the success rate of dental implant is 98% but it also according to the position of the implant in the jaw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They require the same care as normal teeth such as brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.