Even after vast improvements in dental treatment, millions of people suffer from tooth loss — mostly due to cavity, perio disease or injury. The only treatment options available for many years for people with missing teeth were crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants are available nowadays.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implant replaces single or multiple teeth,
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
Enhanced appearance Enhanced appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They become permanent because they are designed to fuse with the bone.
Better speech Better speech: With loose dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur on your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip
Superior comfort: Because they become part of you, implants eradicate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Easier eatingEasier eating: Loose dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function similarly to your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Improved oral health: Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not damaged to support the implant, original teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Strength: Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last forever.
Convenience: Removable dentures are just that: removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures as well as the need for nasty adhesives to keep them in place.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed, the upper or lower jaw. Dental implants in general have a success rate of up to 96-98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.
Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?
Most people who are healthy enough for extractions or minor oral surgery are appropriate candidates for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and bone to hold the implant. They should be committed to regular oral healthcare and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people who have uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area should evaluated by the dentist before getting the implant procedure.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
It depends on the plan you have enrolled in. Some insurance companies pay for the surgical part of the procedure. Others cover the restorative procedure. You have to discuss the matter with your insurance company. We can help.