Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Our teeth play a big role in our everyday lives, and are needed. When teeth are missing or lost, it can cause embarrassment and can even cause pain when eating. If you have missing teeth there is a solution. There are alternatives to the time tested denture. The solution is a dental implant, which are rapidly becoming popular. A dental implant is an artificial bone that is placed to act like our natural teeth. The cost, function, and procedure of a dental implant can vary depending on a few different things.

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, dental implants are a great and stable way to replace these teeth. While an artificial tooth may seem expensive, note that it is a one time procedure that will last you for the rest of you life with proper dental hygiene.

Dental implants have come quite a way in the last 50 years. In the past, artificial teeth looked just that, artificial. They looked this way because they were made out of metal and other obvious materials. With advances in technology, dental implants are extremely close in appearance to that of a natural tooth, and are also secured by roots. Implants are used also in the support of bridges, crowns, and dentures.

Before you go in for your implant, you will need to discuss your candidacy with your dentist. There are a few things that will decrease your chance of being eliminated from consideration for dental implants; tobacco use in any form is a large factor. Gum disease can also put you out of the running if your case is advanced enough.

For patients with type II diabetes you will need to carefully monitor their levels prior to surgery. Finally those who are taking drugs for conditions such as osteoporosis or cancer will need to discuss this with the dentist performing the procedure.

The start of the surgery begins with a small opening drilled for a titanium screw that serves as the tooth’s anchor to the jaw. This step is generally done in stages to avoid permanent harm to the bone tissue being drilled. The area being drilled is misted with water to keep the bone tissue cool.

Once the screw is placed and set, a period of healing is needed in order for the titanium screw to solidify in the bone. This can take anywhere from two weeks to three months depending on the rate that the healing process of the patient. Ultimately, the professional performing the surgery will determine the waiting period.

After the tissue heals and the screw has set, a return appointment will be made for the mounting of the implant tooth.

Sometimes the surgery is simple and is completed in one sitting. This is called immediate loading. Those who have this done will have a cover or crown placed while the bone grafts onto the artificial tooth.

The cost of the entire procedure will vary depending on the patient, and the extent of the work being performed. Operation location, implant brand, and the tooth being replaced can effect the price. For a single implant, you can spend anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. More often than not, implants aren’t covered by insurance companies. In this case a payment plan should be arranged through your dental office.

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