Dental implants are a viable option for people who are looking to replace missing teeth and fix their smile. Dental implants look just like your natural teeth and can go a long way in improving your overall dental health and quality of life. Dental implants are only becoming more and more popular as they are easy to implant, can be matched to your existing teeth, and look so natural!
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Is a dental implant right for you? Let’s look at these more in depth so you can make an informed choice.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
What is the price of a dental implant? The answer is varied. This greatly depends on how many dental implants you need, and so many other factors. On average, a single dental implant can cost around $3,000, but you should consult with your dentist to discuss your specific case, as it may be cheaper or more expensive depending on the amount of work you need done.
Are they Durable?
Dental implants are very durable. In many cases, dental implants are even stronger than your natural tooth roots. Unless severely damaged, dental implants last a very long time. If you take care of your implants and treat your teeth with care, they can literally last forever.
How Does the Process Work?
The first step in applying a dental implant is to install a titanium post in the jaw, to act as a replacement tooth. From there, you will be given a waiting period to allow it to adhere to the jaw and bond with the bone. Once that is complete, a cap will be placed on top of the titanium post, and the dentist will make an impression of your teeth so he can perfect the shape of the dental implant. Finally, the implant will be attached and you’ll be able to go about life with your brand new, fully functional dental implant.
While it’s a process with several steps, once you’re done, you’re done! As dental implants are so durable, as long as you treat your teeth with care, you shouldn’t have to get it repaired.
Are Dental Implants the Same as Dentures?
No. Dental implants are actually bonded to your teeth and act as a permanent replacement, while most dentures can be taken out. Arguments can be made for both, but depending on your unique situation, you may find that dental implants are a better investment as they serve as a permanent replacement, are more durable, and don’t cause the same bone loss as dentures do.
What are the Risks Involved with Dental Implants?
The risks involved with dental implants are quite minimal, but as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. In rare cases patients have experienced infection at the site of the implant, and some patients have reported nerve damage at the sight of the implant as well. In rare cases, dental implants can cause issues with the sinuses, but these can often be corrected.
However, all of these risks are extremely rare. For the most part, dental implants are very safe.
How Long Does the Process Take? Is it Painful?
In most cases you need to be fitted with the titanium post first, then you’ll wait for the cap to be fitted, and finally, for the replacement tooth to be molded and fitted on. This takes at least three appointments. However, in some cases dentists may be able to fit you with a replacement tooth faster. Contact your local dentist to find out more about their procedure.
As with any dental procedure of this magnitude, you may experience mild pain or discomfort as you’re getting fitted for the implant. You will be provided with anesthesia and/or a numbing agent and can take pain medications afterward, as you heal.
Are they Covered by Insurance?
This depends on your dental insurance. Speak with your dentist to find out more. They can likely refer you to payment plans or financial assistance in the case that your insurance does not cover the procedure.
Dental implants are a great new technology that allow patients to replace their missing teeth and greatly improve their functionality and quality of life. Dental implants act as real teeth and can last forever when proper hygiene and care is followed. They are a worthy investment for anyone looking to improve their smile and restore their teeth to what they once were. Speak to your dentist today to see if a dental implant is the right option for you, to make an appointment and discuss payment arrangements.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.