Your Complete Guide To Dental Implants
Dental Implants: A Comprehensive Guide
If you have missing teeth, there are a few dental procedures you can choose between to fill in the gaps.
The choice, of course, is all up to you (and maybe the trusted advice of your dentist).
However, to choose one, it is best to weigh your options and figure out which treatment plan is the best fit.
A dental implant is a popular choice among patients, and there is a multitude of reasons why.
This guide will answer any and all questions surrounding dental implants, so let's get started.
Article Table of Contents
- What Is a Dental Implant?
- Who Can Get A Dental Implant?
- Benefits of a Dental Implant
- Potential Risks of Dental Implants
- What Is The Procedure For A Dental Implant?
- What Can I Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?
- How Long Does A Dental Implant Last?
- What Is Proper Dental Implant Care After Surgery?
- Will My Insurance Cover A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a substitute tooth root.
Implants are usually made of titanium - a biocompatible material.
Titanium is a strong and lightweight metal that fuses to your jawbone.
The fused implant fights against bone loss and maintains the jawbone's shape and strength.
Once the implant is in place, you can't see it, but it provides a post that your dentist can use to attach a crown.
A crown is a replacement tooth that your dentist will make.
The crown will cover the entire area where your natural tooth was.
Your dentist will decide what material to use for the crown, which could be stainless steel, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic.
The crown will mimic your original tooth's shape, color, and size.
Once the dentist cements the crown to the implant, it's pretty impossible to tell that it wasn't one of your original teeth.
Yes, that's right:
Dental implants look and feel natural.
Dental implants are for people who have lost a tooth and the root that anchored it.
It is a popular choice among those in need of replacing a missing tooth.
The following are reasons to consider a dental implant if:
- You want to prevent the teeth surrounding the lost tooth from moving. When you lose a tooth, the teeth around the hole will start to move to fill in the gap.
- That movement can make it more challenging to keep your teeth clean, and your teeth will get out of alignment.
- You want to save your jawbone. There are other ways to replace teeth, but dental implants are the only alternative that will preserve the bone in your jaw.
- You have dentures... and they aren't working for you. Dentures can be uncomfortable if they create sores in your mouth or if they limit the food that you can eat comfortably.
- Dental implants permanently attach dentures, eliminating common problems associated with dentures.
- You don't want a gap in your smile. You may not like how you look with missing teeth. Besides that, you may start to develop a sunken-in look that isn't attractive.
- Dental implants will keep your jawbone strong, and your face won't change its shape.
It is advised to quit habits that could cause your implant to fail.
Smoking is a habit that could cause implant failure as it weakens bone structure in the jaw.
Of course, there are pros and cons to getting a dental implant.
- Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
- They are sturdy and durable so they can be used to stabilize a denture.
- When you are missing all your teeth, implants prevent facial collapse.
- They are more comfortable than removable dental appliances (like dentures).
- They will firmly fit in place, so you don’t have to worry about them slipping around.
- Chewing efficiency is significantly improved.
- Unless you inform them, no one will be able to tell they aren’t your real teeth.
- Since you would have an open wound while the titanium root is planted into your jawline, there is a risk of infection.
- Injuries can possible occur to other nearby teeth or blood vessels.
- Your nerves could be damaged, and that can cause pain.
- Sinus problems can result if an upper implant pierces your sinus cavities.
An important note: As with any surgery, there are always risks with dental implant surgery. However, as dental implants have a 95-98% success rate, potential risks are extremely rare.
At Hylan Dental, the implant procedure can be done in two ninety-minute visits.
There are two aspects involved in the dental implant procedure.
- First, surgery will take place where the titanium tooth root is implanted into the jawbone.
- Then, in the restorative phase, a porcelain crown is created to fit precisely in place over the implant.
There is usually a period of healing between the two phases so the implant can set into place over time.
Sedation dentistry is offered, as well as other forms of numbing.
Patients typically report that the discomfort of dental implant surgery is far less than they expected and that it is similar to having a tooth extracted.
Most patients do not need prescription pain medication following surgery.
Acetaminophen, like Tylenol, is usually sufficient for most patients.
However, pain is relative, so it differs from patient to patient.
It is best to be prepared with ice packs, pain relievers, and soft foods - like tomato soup - for a few days.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.
This surgery is among the most highly successful procedures, securing a success rate of 95-98% for a period of 50+ years.
However, the individual success of your implant relies on how well you care and treat it.
Now you are probably asking yourself if there are specific things you can do to maintain the integrity of your implant.
The answer is yes.
This brings us to proper steps to take while caring for your new dental implant...
You can care for a dental implant in the same way you do your natural teeth.
For instance, you keep your natural teeth and gums clean with regular brushing.
The same goes for implants.
It is advised to visit your dentist regularly (and remember; it's recommended to go at least twice a year anyway!) for advanced dental cleanings and confirmation that your implants are in good condition.
Avoid damage your implants - or all teeth, for that matter - by refraining from chewing hard things such as ice or hard candy.
It is possible to crack a crown by biting down too forcefully on a hard substance.
Eliminate the potential risk of staining your teeth and newly attached dental crown by avoiding smoking cigarettes and drinking beverages such as red wine, coffee, and sodas.
Everyone has different dental insurance coverage plans.
Many insurance companies would rather cover preventative procedures than a procedure that restores your teeth, like an implant.
However, depending upon your insurance company, they may cover all or a part of your implant procedure.
In most cases, insurance companies cover a portion of the cost for an implant procedure.
The benefits that your insurance company pays are based upon the premiums that you pay.
Be sure to discuss insurance coverage with your insurance provider and your dentist before your procedure.
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