Dental Implants: Most Frequently Asked Questions
If you or someone you know is considering dental implants for any number of reasons, it’s likely that you also have a few questions. Not to worry, though, because many others have already asked the same questions before!
Receiving dental implants can be a big step, regardless of whether they are for boosting confidence or repairing damage after an injury or other hardship.
Here are a few of the most common questions that people new to dental implants may have and their answers!
What are dental implants?
Basically, a dental implant is any type of prosthesis to replace missing teeth. It is a fixture that gets inserted into the jawbone and topped with a crown, fixed bridge or full/partial denture.
Once the dental implant is successfully integrated into your natural bone, an abutment is connected to it. Finally, the artificial tooth is attached to the abutment.
The final product is the dental implant itself, the abutment, the artificial tooth and, of course, a new, beautiful, healthy smile!
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?
Dental implants may not be for everyone! It’s always important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of any medical procedure before moving forward.
Advantages of Dental Implants
• Since humans only naturally have two sets of teeth (baby and adult teeth), but dental implants can replace lost adult teeth and give a third chance at a full smile.
• Dental implants can last a lifetime and give the same reliability and durability as your original adult teeth.
• In the case of gaps and missing or damaged teeth, dental implants can improve your appearance, confidence and functionality.
• They are made of titanium, making them resistant to dental decay.
• Dental implants involve a surgical procedure which will always carry a small risk of infection or inflammation.
• If there is no available bone to attach the implant to, an additional procedure to graft bone and gum may be required.
If the risks feel manageable, dental implants can really improve your life! Make sure to discuss your own specific concerns when you come in for your consultation, and we’ll do our best to alleviate any worries you may have.
Are dental implants removable like dentures?
Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed solidly into the bone. This allows teeth to be replaced in a manner similar to natural teeth, making it a much more permanent solution than dentures.
While this solution may require more commitment, it also requires less memory and responsibility, much like a crown or filling for a cavity.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost varies by patient needs, bone quantity and quality and the region where you are seeking to undergo the procedure. The best way to narrow down the exact cost for your situation is to contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Generally, however, costs for replacement of a single tooth with an implant are close to replacing it with a regular fixed bridge.
Do dental implants last?
Dental implants are not susceptible to a lot of the problems that natural teeth face like gum disease or decay.
Gum health is critical in maintenance of the implants, however. Neglected gums can cause issues with them that may need additional surgery.
Regular home care and professional check-ups can prevent these issues easily, however, and while every patient is unique in terms of medical history and circumstance, care and attention can help implants last a lifetime.
Cosmetic dentistry may seem like a big step, but for many people, it’s a great move for their self-esteem and health.