- What is a Dental Implant?
- Dental Implant Benefits
- Dental Implants for Your Health
- Dental Implants Process
- Dental Implants Cost
- Dental Implants FAQs
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw in place of missing teeth. After the implant fuses with the bone in a process known as “osseointegration,” a prosthetic crown is attached to the implant so that it looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth! Dental implants are an amazing advancement in dentistry because they allow people to eat whatever they want, and they can last a lifetime.
Dental Implant Benefits:
- Natural aesthetics
- Strong like natural teeth
- No special diet required
- Can last a lifetime
- Don’t slip or fall out
- Stimulate the jawbone
Dental Implants for Your Health
Dental implants provide great health benefits. The jawbone requires regular stimulation to maintain its health and size. Normally, the chewing and biting actions of teeth provide this needed stimulation. However, when a permanent tooth is lost, the jawbone starts to shrink almost immediately. The only way to prevent this is with a dental implant because it roots itself in the jaw just like a natural tooth does. In addition to that, dental implants allow for a completely normal, varied diet, which is important for overall body health.
Dental Implants Process
The dental implant process starts with a consultation and imaging to determine whether you would benefit from bone grafting. Once we have determined that the jawbone is healthy, the implant is placed into the jawbone during a procedure that takes just about an hour. We provide varying levels of anesthesia during the procedure to keep you comfortable, and any post-op discomfort is typically controlled adequately with over-the-counter pain medications. Following implant surgery, the implant must be left alone for several months to allow it to bond with the bone. After that, you will return to us for the final crown.
Dental Implants Cost
While the upfront cost of dental implants is more than that of bridges and dentures, it is important to keep in mind that they can last much longer (even a lifetime), helping to close the gap in cost. In addition to that, they can be seen as a very important investment in one’s health and well-being.
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Dental Implants FAQs
- Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
- When Are Dental Implants Placed?
- How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
When Are Dental Implants Placed?
Implants are often placed several months after extraction. At times, an implant may be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth. This may involve a little more risk, but it simplifies the process and you won’t have to wait for another appointment to place the implant. When infection or other problems with the bone are present, immediate implant placement is not the best treatment.
How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?
Most frequently, one implant per missing tooth is placed. Because many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most common approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants.