What Is a Dental Implant?A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed into your jaw to hold a prosthetic tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, tooth infection, or another reason.
Why Do Patients Prefer Dental Implants Over Other Dental Work?
- Improve your speech for public speaking.
- Boost your confidence at work and social gatherings
- Replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth.
- Safeguard gums and tissue.
- Retain jawbone and facial structure.
- Provide a long-lasting solution for strong, natural-looking teeth.
- Require little maintenance.
- Eat your favorite foods without removing your teeth.
- Stay more comfortable compared to alternative teeth replacements.
Types of Dental Implants:
- Endosteal: This is the most common type of implant. Its various forms include screws, cylinders, or panes that are placed into the jaw. Each implant holds one or more teeth.
- Subperiosteal: This type of implant is placed on top of the jaw with metal posts that protrude through the gum to hold the implant in place.
- Mini Implants: These implants are similar to endosteal implants, but they’re much thinner. This makes recovery easier and implantation possible for more people.
How Long Does Dental Implant Treatment Take?The time frame for fitting the implant and replacement teeth can depend on many different factors. Placing a single implant may take about half an hour, several implants will naturally take longer. But it is important to remember that the entire process, from start to finish, can take several months. If you take into consideration the time taken from the initial consultation, through to the medical examination and surgery, and into the placing of the abutment and eventually the crown, it can take 3-9 months. We offer same-day implants that can speed up the entire process! We give you the implant, the abutment, and the crown all in one appointment.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?When the implant is maintained with good oral hygiene through proper brushing and flossing, it can last a lifetime. It is also essential to complete regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. An implant typically lasts 15–20 years. After normal wear and tear, the tooth will need to be replaced, however, by using optimal dental hygiene practices, the tooth can last the rest of your life.
Who Qualifies For Dental Implants?Most people will qualify for dental implants, however, the most success will be found in people who exhibit:
- Good bone density.
- Good health overall.
- Healthy gums that are free from advanced gum disease.
- Good oral hygiene.
- Teeth that are not worn down by clenching or grinding.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?Implants are a major investment for your oral health and many factors go into the final cost. Those different factors include:
- Whether teeth need to be extracted.
- How many teeth need to be replaced.
- The type of restoration desired (crown, bridge, denture).
- Your current oral health.