Dental Implants: What are They and Do I Need Them?

Dental Implants, also known as tooth root impregnation implants, are artificial titanium roots that are implanted directly into the jawbone.

These roots then fuse with the bone to create a permanent replacement tooth or teeth. Dental implants can replace teeth that have been lost, damaged or removed.

How Are They Implanted?

When a patient gets dental implants, the dental surgeon will place a titanium screw underneath each of the replacement teeth. 

The screw is programmed to control the amount of electric current to the area. This current will help power the new tooth or teeth. 

After the replacement teeth have been installed, the surgeon will attach dental implants to your gums with small metal wires. The wires are attached to the wireframe with screws. 

Why Would I Need Dental Implants?

Dental Implants can be used to replace teeth where there are gaps or where a tooth has been accidentally removed.

They can also be used when some facial deformities make the jaw difficult to open. Implants can even bridge a gap in the lower jaw.

What is the Procedure?

Dental Implants take a few weeks to heal and need to be kept clean and well-kept. Some patients may feel discomfort during this period. 

During this time, the dentist will place small titanium screws under the gums to keep the bone in place. 

Dental Implants are considered to be relatively safe when performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic dentist.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

When you receive dental implants, the bone is grafted into the jaw bone. Once the grafted bone has healed, the new dental implants are securely set into place. 

Dental Implants are bonded to the bone, so once they are placed, the patient cannot remove them without pain and risk to the grafted bone.

Does My Dental Plan Cover Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by most dental plans. This is because the devices change the shape of your teeth and make them look unnatural. 

For this reason, implants are usually covered by your health insurance only if your policy covers surgery and the implant cost.

How Are They Used?

Dental Implants are typically used to replace teeth where one has been lost or where one or more teeth are missing. 

They can even be used to restore molars that have become worn down due to poor maintenance. Some dental implants are used for biting functions, replacing wisdom teeth, or positioning dentures that have become misaligned.

Who Should Consider Dental Implants?

Patients who are missing one or multiple teeth due to decay, disease, or the inability to clean them properly should consider dental implants. 

Implants do not take away teeth, so patients will still have enough teeth to eat food, chew gum, and even speak. 

Furthermore, implants are an excellent way to improve the look of your smile, which makes them a great choice for those who have undergone major facial surgery.

Where Can I Get Them?

You can talk to your dentist about the availability of implants in your area. If you need bone from another part of your body to place the implant on, you will have to find a source of that bone. 

For dental implants, a bone from the back of your upper or lower jaw is typically the best source. The bone will be cut into enough to fit snugly around your natural tooth.

This will help it stay in place and work with the new implant to properly integrate into the surrounding gums.

How Do They Work?

When your natural tooth is removed, the dentist will drill out that portion of your tooth where the implant will be placed. 

Then, he will use dental implants to build a strong base for the new tooth to sit on and support the implant. 

Once the implant has been placed and fully integrated, the dentist will cement the bone and place a prosthetic tooth onto the cemented base.

How do I Know if I’ll Have Permanent Teeth After the Procedure?

Good oral health is essential. So you’ll need to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing and regular checkups with your dentist. 

If your gums do not recede and your teeth do not crack or decay, you may be able to get away with wearing dentures for a while. 

Your dentist will probably give you a referral to a cosmetic dentist who will answer any questions you have about your oral health.

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