What are dental implants?
Replacement tooth roots serve as foundations for permanent or removeable replacement teeth designed to suit your natural dentistry. Advantages include:
- Better speech – Poor dentures can cause teeth to slip, slurring speech. Dental implants bring steadiness.
- Better oral health – Natural teeth that are not replaced with dental implants stand strong because of the weak tooth that was removed and an implant used. This is sure to encourage long-term oral health. Implants allow easier access to areas of your mouth so you can clean them better.
- Better appearance & comfort – Removable dentures cause discomfort where implants do not. Because implants feel as well as look like your own teeth, they enhance your appearance instead of making you look odd.
- Better durability & eating – If you take good care of them, implants can last many years and then some. Sliding dentures and eating don’t go well together. You can appreciate implants’ capability to let you eat anything without pain or inconvenience.
- Convenience – Unlike dentures, which make you, remove them when you sleep or need to have them cleaned, implants can save you time and effort in that regard. No more messy adhesives or embarassing moments. Dental implants promote self esteem.
Advantages of dental implants
Any success rate with dental implants depends on where on the jaw the replacement tooth or teeth are going. On average, you can see 98% success with dental implants. Anyone healthy enough to undergo dental extraction can opt for implants. After all, patients do need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implants in place. Bear in mind that for the time being dental implants are not covered by any dental insurance. Some medical plans are known to cover these, within reason. The core process of implantation involves:
- An individualized treatment plan to help you figure out the best plan for you
- A small titanium post, also known as a tooth root implant, is positioned into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The healing jaw grows around the implant and over a course of 6-12 weeks will have fully held the implant
- The post is connected to an abutment to hold the new tooth. Teeth impressions are taken and the information helps your dentist create a crown that is attached to the abutment
- Other side steps are followed to ensure quality, efficiency and all round propriety.