Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. This issue affects people who have had prolonged decay, periodontal disease, drug use, and many other risk factors. While it is unpleasant to deal with, there are options available that can restore your mouth to function. Implants allow you to enjoy your favorites foods without dentures or bridges, which can either slip or require drilling into surrounding teeth.
What are implants?
Implants are metal posts that are inserted into your jaw bone. Once the post is secured to your bone, a permanent crown is then attached. This leaves you with an attractive smile that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The best thing about these permanent prosthetics is that they are meant to last a lifetime.
Are implants right for me?
Implants are a great option for healthy individuals who do not have any underlying illnesses that might interfere with healing. In order for implants to work well, they need to have a firm foundation.
What are the benefits of implants?
Although the procedure for getting dental implants is extensive, there’s freedom that comes with getting permanent implants. This is because you won’t have to worry about dentures impeding your speech or slipping while you eat. Additionally, implants are easy to take care of. You simply brush, floss, and get regular check-ups like your normally would.
What are the cons of implants?
Dental implants are time-consuming to have done and expensive. And because they’re considered voluntary they are often not covered by insurance or only marginally covered by insurance.
In spite of this, these are one of the most popular options available for people looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss.
How does the procedure work?
Once the decision is made that implants are right for you the doctor will perform a quick outpatient surgery to remove the tooth or tooth fragments that are going to be replaced. Once the tooth is removed your bone will be prepped to receive the implant post. It takes several months for the bone to heal.
Once the bone is healed, however, the dentist will create a prosthetic tooth that attaches to the top of the crown. While lengthy, this allows for maximum healing of your mouth and increases the chance of your implants working out.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants or believe they would be a good choice for you, contact us. We can get an appointment scheduled for you and ensure you’re treated in the best way possible, with the best options for your needs.