Dental implants cosmetically enhance the smile while improving dental function and health. A dental implant replaces the missing tooth root and serves as an anchor for a replacement tooth or an entire bridge.
- Patients are more confident about their smile and less embarrassed about their removable dentures.
- This is the closest thing to natural teeth. Caring for them is no different than caring for regular teeth and once in place, they do not shift, or move, making it more convenient to chew and speak clearly.
- Dental implants are implanted in the jaw bone. They support your chewing functions and can last a lifetime, if the oral health is properly maintained.
How do I know if I need implants?
If you have a missing tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are ideal. They are also used to replace existing teeth after an extraction. If a tooth is damaged beyond repair, your dentist may recommend an extraction followed by an implant.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you’re a healthy adult and want to improve your smile by replacing missing teeth, it is the ideal solution. There are many details your dentist will evaluate, here are just a few.
- Healthy gum tissue, free from periodontal disease
- Sinus Location, you may require a sinus lift if the implant will be placed in close proximity
- Your bone to determine whether it’s suitable for supporting an implant
No matter what your particular case requires, your dental implants may involve one or multiple providers that will work together as a team to care and oversee your treatment from start to finish.
Does dental insurance pay for implants?
Each dental plan is different; the majority of the times, dental implants are not covered although the restoration on top may be. Discuss your particular dental plan with your dentist or your dental insurance.
What else do I need to know?
Infection is one of the biggest concerns. Proper oral hygiene, following the dental care instructions provided to you by your dentist, will minimize the infection risks.
Patience is another factor to consider. It may take months before you see the final results. Your surgeon will evaluate the integration of the dental implants in their new environment. For your safety and successful results, it’s important to be patient and rely on the advice of the dental implant providers.