Dental Implant procedures are quite popular and sought after to replace missing teeth. However, patients often have several questions with regards to dental implants, which may include the need for these implants, as well as questions about the actual procedure.
In this article, we’ll address 6 of the most common questions that patients have about dental implants. Of course, you can always get in touch with your oral surgeon for any additional questions or concerns you may have…
What are dental implants?
Contrary to what some people may think, a dental implant is not a tooth. It is simply a prosthesis for missing teeth. It is a small titanium post or fixture that is inserted into the jawbone. To this fixture, can be attached a single crown, a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture. Once the implant fuses with your jawbone, a structure called an abutment is connected to the implant and then the artificial tooth or teeth are attached. So, there are actually three parts to a dental implant: The dental implant itself, the abutment, and the artificial tooth or teeth.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth, you could be a candidate for a dental implant. Other factors include your oral health and medical history. You need to speak to a qualified dentist about whether a dental implant would be good for your specific needs.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?
When a single permanent tooth or multiple teeth are lost as a result of dental decay, gum disease, trauma, or any other reason, dental implants can replace these missing teeth. Dental implants can last a lifetime and can significantly improve your appearance. You can eat the foods you want and participate in an extremely active lifestyle without worrying about your teeth. Also, because dental implants are made of titanium, they can never decay.
However, there are certain disadvantages of dental implants are well! Because inserting dental implants is a minor surgical procedure, there could be the risk of infection, inflammation, and pain. However, your dental surgeon can discuss these with you and manage your implant process to minimize risk.
What is the success rate of dental implants and do they last?
While the success rate of dental implants varies from individual to individual, typically, if dental implants are well taken care of, they can last a lifetime. In a healthy individual, with good oral hygiene, dental implants have success rates of 90 to 95 percent.
How much do implants cost and does insurance cover the cost?
Typically, the cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is almost the same as replacing it with a regular fixed bridge. While dental implant procedures may be covered by some insurance plans, coverage varies. The cost of your procedure will vary depending on the bone available and your unique needs. You should consult your dental surgeon for an accurate estimate.
How should you care for your dental implants?
Home care for your implants consists of regular brushing and flossing as you would normal teeth. You should also visit your dentist regularly for follow-up and regular cleanings. While the implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissue surrounding the implant may become inflamed and infected without proper oral hygiene.
Now you know a bit more about dental implants. Do consult your trusted dentist at the Harbour Pointe Oral Surgery & Advanced Dental Implant Center for any additional questions or concerns you may have.
At Harbour Pointe, we perform dental implant surgery with great precision and attention to the details of your case. The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. We will discuss the specifics of your case and answer any and all additional questions you may have. So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your dental implant procedure today!
For more information about dental implants, consult Dr. Brian Hart and Dr. Kathleen Isdith at 425-353-1009 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website www.harbourpointeoralsurgery.net for more information.