Dental Implants Explained
Even with the many advancements in oral health, millions of people in the United States still suffer from tooth of loss. This is often times caused by injury to the teeth, periodontal disease, and an excess of tooth decay. Several years ago, the only remedy for lost teeth was having a bridge installed or having dentures made. Luckily, today, dental implants are readily available. Dr Winston at Direct Dental in Pico Rivera is a highly qualified Implant Specialist. Call his office at 562-949-0177 and let them know you read this article and ask for a FREE consultation.
What’s a Dental Implant?
It is essentially a replacement root for a missing tooth. This root is a very strong foundation for a permanent replacement tooth. These teeth are custom made to match your existing teeth.
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What are the advantages?
There are several advantages to using dental implants such as:
They Look Natural
Dental implants look just like the other teeth in your mouth. And because it has been fused to your existing bone, it will stay for a very long time if well cared for.
Dentures can often times slip and slide in your mouth. This can cause you to mumble or make your words less understandable. Dental implants will never slip and will therefore never affect the way you speak (except in a good way).
Because dentures can often times slip inside of your mouth it can cause difficulty eating and chewing food. With dental implants, you can eat any food with confidence, knowing they will not move.
Feel Better About Your Smile
Dental implants can give you back your smile. They can make you feel more confident and even boost self-esteem.
Since dental implants do not require your other teeth to become damaged like a bridge, they are definitely the better option. Your surrounding teeth are left completely intact which supports overall health and hygiene.
A dental implant has the ability to last many years. And, if you practice good oral hygiene, they may last forever.
No one likes removing their dentures. It can feel embarrassing and overwhelming. Dentures can also be incredibly messy with their adhesive solutions. Dental implants require none of this.
What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?
The success rate of dental implants can vary due to where exactly the implant is placed in the jaw. However, on average, the success rate actually is very high. And with the right care, these they can last your whole life.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
In general, those who are healthy enough to receive extraction surgery are a good candidate. It is necessary for patients to have healthy gums and a healthy bone that is strong enough to hold the implant. Patients also must be able to commit to practicing good oral hygiene and must also visit the dentist regularly. If you are a heavy smoker or suffer from disorders such as heart disease or diabetes, your dentist will need to evaluate you. Also, if you are undergoing radiation to the head or neck, your dentist will need to decide if implants are the correct choice. Speak to Dr Winston at Direct Dental to find out if dental implants will work for you.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
As a general rule, dental implants are not covered by insurance. However, it is worth looking into whether your dental insurance will cover tooth loss. It is a good idea to speak to your dentist staff and your insurance company to get a better idea.
What is the Implant Process?
The first step when getting an implant is to work with your dental implant specialist to create a treatment plant that works for you. This plan will be created by your dentist who is trained and experienced in restorative dentistry. This treatment plan will determine which course of action is best.
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The second step is to have the root of your implant installed. This root is a very small post that is placed in to the bone socket of the tooth that is missing. The bone will continue to grow around the implanted post which will make sure it is secure in the jaw. After this procedure, your bone will need time to rest and recover for about 3 months.
After the implant post has bonded, your dentist will attach another small connecter post called an abutment to the post. This will securely hold your new tooth in place. Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and create a tooth that will fit into your bite and with your existing teeth seamlessly. A crown or replacement tooth is attached to the abutment.
Your implant dentist will make sure to match the tooth color of your existing teeth to create a natural and healthy-looking smile. Your replacement tooth will feel exactly like a natural tooth and will function exactly like a natural tooth.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most people agree that dental implants cause very little to no pain and discomfort. Your dentist will most likely use a local anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable during the procedure.
If you are feeling a bit of pain after your procedure, you may treat it with simple, over the counter medication such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin usually works.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Dental implants are essentially like your natural teeth and need to be brushed, flossed, and rinsed with an antibacterial mouthwash regularly. It is also important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups to ensure your implant is performing in the way it was intended.