What are dental implants?A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns, bridgework, or dentures by a variety of means. They are made with titanium and sometimes ceramic, both of which are lightweight, strong, and biocompatible: meaning they will not be rejected by the body.Are you a candidate for dental implants?If you have lost teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. Your current health is also an important factor: some conditions and diseases can affect whether dental implants are right for you.For example, uncontrolled diabetes, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. When considering dental implants, make sure to tell let us know all of the details about your medical history and status (past and present), as well as any medications that you are taking.How are dental implants placed and who places them?Placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often using a surgical guide. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in intimate contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before tooth restorations can be attached to them to complete the process.Our dental team carefully plans dental implant placement and restoration. We have advanced training in implant surgery.How do implant tooth replacements differ from teeth?Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and repair.What type of maintenance do dental implants require?Implants do require maintenance to avoid dental diseases. If you have dental implants, you should be even more careful to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing in order to control bacterial biofilm, and to regularly visit the dentist. Special instruments, that will not damage their surface beneath the gum tissues, are necessary to clean dental implants. Your dentist needs to monitor your implants to make sure the integrity of the osseointegration is stable, and that the implant crowns, bridgework, or dentures are functioning adequately.What are the advantages?Dental implants have many advantages. They are a permanent solution to tooth loss that is more
durable and stable than alternatives such as conventional dentures, crowns, or bridges. The stability of implants can make it easier to speak and eat. They also fit more comfortably and naturally, and even look better cosmetically, which can improve your self-esteem.Convenience is another huge advantage as they do not need to be removed, cleaned, or kept in place by messy adhesives. They also improve oral health by making it easier to clean between teeth and they do not require modifications to nearby healthy teeth in order to be installed.More Advantages include: •They are Permanent and durable•Convenience •They are more cost effective over time•They have a Natural and comfortable fit•They Look and function more like regular teeth•Implants Require less maintenance•They Don’t require modifications to adjacent teeth•Dental implants have a 95%+ success rate.The risks are minimal as problems and causes of failure are rare and are often easily treated.Some of the Risks and Disadvantages are:•Major investment•Bone not accepting the implant•Pain, swelling, and bleeding due to surgery•Nerve damage of adjacent muscles or sinus cavity•Infection due to breaks and loosenessWhat is the average cost of a single tooth implant?Tooth implants are typically more expensive than more traditional alternatives. The cost depends on a number of factors including the type of implant and procedure, how many and which teeth you need replaced, how many implants are required to support these teeth, and your insurance coverage. After a meeting with our team and a preliminary examination, we will be able to provide you with a price estimate. A single tooth implant typically costs ,000 to ,000. However, if additional procedures are required, such as bone grafts, extractions, and extensive imaging and/or modeling, the price will be higher. We can give you an idea of your specific costsafter your preliminary examination.Do you have insurance coverage?The first thing you should do is to check with your insurance company to see whether implants are covered by your plan.