Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Losing teeth is a scary reality that many of us will face for one reason or another over the course of our lives. In the event this happens to you, there is a solution: dental implants. In this article we’ll answer the most frequent questions and concerns in relation to dental implants so you can know whether or not it’s right for you and what to expect should you go that route.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that a periodontist works to surgically implant in your mouth in place of a tooth or several teeth that have either fallen out or been removed. Dental implants are “surgically fused in with the jawbone,” making them an ideal long-term solution for replacing teeth. In previous years, if you needed to replace a lost tooth, your options were limited to dentures or bridges.
Dental implants are composed of titanium grade metal that is fused with the jawbone. This is done in an effort to root the implant the way your natural tooth would have been rooted. Because of their long-term durability, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and not to be replaced (unless in the case of a very rare event). This makes them the optimal choice for tooth replacement.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants as your long-term solution for tooth replacement. These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Esthetically Appealing: they look and feel the most like real teeth which can boost your confidence.
- Durability: they are designed to be long-lasting and feel like real teeth, you’ll be able to eat and drink like normal and won’t even realize the tooth is an implant.
- Preservation: dental implants also work to preserve the rest of your teeth to keep your mouth healthy and strong for life.
How it Works
Getting dental implants is a little bit of a process, but it is entirely worth the investment of finances, time and energy. First, we will do a full dental exam of your mouth which includes x-rays and molds. Once we have a better understanding of your teeth, we can start to work together on a long-term treatment plan. Our dental team will be able to expertly provide suggestions on how many teeth we think you should get replaced. We do this by also taking into consideration the health and structure of your jawbone. Once we schedule the surgery, please note it often takes a few sessions which can last up to a few months before the final result is achieved. This is done to ensure proper healing of the implant into your jaw.
Once your implants are in place and have healed, you can begin to act as if they are your regular teeth. Our goal is to achieve a seamless transition so you feel as if your tooth was never missing or replaced at all. Dental implants can cost anywhere from $1,000+ per tooth, and this cost entirely depends on individual needs. We will work with you to ensure you get the best possible price and walk away confident and happy. For more information on dental implants and how we can help, please reach out to us today and a member of our team will be in touch. We look forward to getting your smile back.