Dental implants have been called the most significant dental innovation of our generation. What dentists are able to do through dental implants affects more than their patients mouths. A complete boost in confidence and a more positive outlook on life are all associated with how people feel about their teeth and mouths. With dental implants, people are finding that they are finally able to put their best smiles forward.
Before making the decision to have dental implants, there are a few things you should know.
1) Dental implants are permanent fixtures within the mouth. They are made up of three parts – a post (titanium screw), a crown, and an abutment – that all work together to replace missing teeth. The screw is surgically placed in the jaw bone to hold the new tooth in place. The titanium screw will fuse with the bone, allowing for a secure attachment to the new tooth.
2) Dental implants can save the jawbone. When there are missing teeth in a person’s mouth the exposed space causes the supporting jaw to dissolve – a process called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the amount of bone loss. Because the titanium screw of a dental implant actually fuses with the jaw gone, they stimulate the bone to continue to grow and thrive.
3) If you are not a smoker, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. Most people, regardless of age, are good candidates for dental implants. Smoking is a concern regarding dental implants because smoking can slow the healing process. Dental implants can be successfully placed in smokers, but you will likely have a better outcome if you quit smoking.
4) Dental implants require a relatively high initial investment. Cost is a concern for most people when making any decision, and choosing to have dental implants is no exception. Most single dental implants run from $3000 – $6000. A full mouth restoration procedure can run up to $48,000. Most dental insurances do not cover the cost of dental implants, but there are usually financing options available with leading healthcare lenders. Since dental implants are a permanent restoration, the cost in the long run is very reasonable and can be comparable to other tooth replacement options.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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