Are you trying to decide whether dental implant surgery is right for you? Here’s what you need to know before taking the leap.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth with a root which can be fixed to your mouth. It is usually made of titanium and various strong materials.
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When placed inside, these implants must fit your jaw and mouth dimensions, fusing to your bones. They become part of your mouth, supporting the other parts of the teeth such as the crown.
There are currently two types of implants available on the market. The first and most common is an endosteal implant, placed directly into the bone. The second type is a subperiosteal implant, positioned on top of the bone. Subperiosteal implants are no longer commonly performed.
What Are the Advantages of Implants?
The American Dental Association (ADA) tells us there are over 5.5 million implant surgeries performed in the USA every year.
The advantages of having the surgery are many. They are a permanent solution and are just as stable as natural teeth. With implants, the jawbone and contour of your face are retained, so your teeth and bones don’t shift improperly.
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Are You a Good Candidate for an Implant?
As long as your gums are healthy and your dentist has checked that there is sufficient bone support for an implant, you can consider getting implants. If you do not suffer from chronic illnesses or other medical issues, you should be fine to receive dental implants.
Before you decide to have surgery, get guidance and counsel directly from your dentist. He or she will review your medical and oral history before taking an initial x-ray to evaluate your tooth surgery options and needs.
What to Expect from the Procedure
Getting a dental implant is a procedure that will be done in stages. Using a local anesthesia, your dentist will first remove the damaged tooth. Then, he or she will prepare your jawbone for surgery.
You may need to have bone grafting done. In the next stage, once your jawbone has healed, your dentist will secure the dental implant metal post. This will be fixed in your jawbone, and a few months for healing can be expected.
When the soft tissue has healed, the final tooth will be placed. Most of the healing time required is for the new bone growth, ensuring a solid base for the new tooth.
How Much is a Dental Crown and Implants?
This all depends on where you are getting your dental work done. Price will range dependent on your situation, location, and insurance policy.
Some insurance policies claim to cover implants, but it’s best to read the fine print. Make sure you are clear on any exceptions and speak with your insurance company about the exact details.
If the insurance company considers tooth implants a “cosmetic procedure,” they probably will not cover them. Depending on your policy, you may have to work out a claim for reimbursement.
The folks at Main Street Dental Clinics are always happy to contact your insurer and work out the best possible payment plan. If you’re a new patient, you’re eligible for a free exam and x-rays, along with a complimentary benefits check by our experts at the front desk. You will always be aware of any treatment costs before undergoing even the simplest of procedures.
Avoiding Dental Implant Surgery
The best way to ensure that you never have to have teeth replaced is to stay on top of your oral health care.
Brush and floss daily, and go for regular visits to your dentist. If you have any gum problems, get dental care immediately. You can also use an antimicrobial mouth rinse after eating or drinking.
If you would like a consultation or a check-up, our team are among the top dentists in southern Minnesota. We provide family dental services and emergency tooth services. Call us today and we'll be happy to help answer any questions about dental implants you may have.