Although there has been a significant improvement in dental care in recent times; over one million people still suffer dental issues, primarily the result of tooth decay, disease or infectious injury. Previously, the only treatment options available for patients who have missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Now due to the advances in healthcare, many new treatment options are available to patients, including Dental Implants.
Dental Implants are replacement tooth roots surgically placed on the jaw beneath the gum. Dental Implants are comprised of titanium devices providing a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to suit a patient’s natural teeth uniformly.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
Improved Appearance: With Dental Implants your teeth will look natural and function normally because they are permanently attached to the bone.
Improved Speech: Dental Implants enable you to talk without slight alterations in your speech and uttering words imperfectly caused by removable dentures slipping into the mouth.
Improved Comfort: Dental Implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures because they are fused to the jaw like teeth.
Improved Eating: People often experience chewing difficulties as a result of removable dentures slipping and sliding. Unlike removable dentures, Dental Implants function just like teeth so you can comfortably eat your meals without difficulty.
Improved Self-Esteem: Dental Implants will improve your confidence, return your smile, and make you feel like the real you.
Improved Oral Health: Unlike bridges, Dental Implants do not require lowering the height of other teeth. With Dental Implants, adjacent teeth are not altered so more of your teeth are preserved; thus, improving durable oral health. Individual Dental Implants also make accessibility between the teeth more relaxed and promotes oral hygiene.
Improved Durability: Dental Implants are long-lasting, potentially lasting a lifetime when appropriately taken care compared to removable dentures. Dental Implants eliminate the need for removable dentures and adhesives which some patients may find embarrassing or inconvenient and disorderly.
Dental Implant Success Rate
Dental Implants are placed depending on where the jaw is affected. The actual success rate of Dental Implants varies; but generally, Dental Implants have a 98% success recorded. Durability is dependent on how well every individual patient takes care of the Dental Implants.
Eligibility For Dental Implants
Nearly anyone who is sufficiently healthy will be eligible to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery for Dental Implants. In order to undergo Dental Implants, the prospective patient must have healthy gums and sufficient bone to support the Dental Implants.
In addition, the patient must be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene and regular follow-up visits. Heavy smokers, people liable to suffer from uncontrolled chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who may have exposed the head/neck area to radiation treatment would need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering Dental Implants, you need to discuss and consult with your dentist to know what will work best for you.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Implants
Generally, Dental Implants are not covered by dental insurance. Detailed questions concerning costs for your Dental Implants and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.
Steps to Getting Dental Implant
During the Dental Implant procedure, the first step is the development of an individualized therapy plan. The systematic plan prepared experts specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and reconstructive dentistry, uniformly matches your specific needs depending on your Dental Implant options.
Next is the placement of the titanium tooth root, a small post inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The gum grows around the implanted titanium post as the jawbone heals over six to twelve weeks, which securely anchors the jawbone. After the titanium tooth root has been bonded to the jawbone, an abutment (a small connector post) is attached to the titanium tooth root so that the new tooth is firmly held.
In order to create a new tooth, your dentist needs a comprehensive view of your model by making a model of your bite (taking an impression of your teeth showing all the teeth, their type, and alignment). Your dentist also matches the color of the replacement teeth to your natural teeth. After creating the replacement tooth, it is then attached to the abutment. The replacement tooth looks feels, and functions just like natural teeth once are secured. Some patients may have attachments placed on their Dental Implant.
Dental Implants are not painful. Most patients complain of slight initial discomfort involved in the installation procedure. To accommodate this discomfort, a local anesthesia can be used. After the Dental Implants are installed, over the counter pain medicine, such as Tylenol or Motrin, is used for soreness.
How to Care for Dental Implants
Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing the Dental Implants with an antibacterial mouthwash is required for optimal maintenance of your Dental Implants. In addition, regular visits with your dentist and dental check-ups are required — just like real teeth.