Missing teeth can make you feel embarrassed while eating, talking or smiling, and develop oral health issues for you as well. In spite of advancements in oral care, zillions of Americans suffer tooth loss, majorly due to tooth damage, periodontal issue, or severe injury. Dental implants have totally revolutionized the replacement of teeth and they will look, feel and function as naturally as your original ones.
You can consider Dental Implants as artificial tooth roots. They are cylinders formed of Titanium which appear like the shape of screws that are surgically positioned into your jawbone where there are missing teeth below the gums. Once they are implanted, they get attached with your natural bone. The healing time can take from 6 to 12 weeks. The Implants turn to be a firm base and render support to one or more artificial teeth, called ‘crowns’ made of porcelain.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants (in the jawbone) – This is one of the most commonly used implants. They are surgically implanted as a substitute on patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal implants (on the bone) – This is used for patients who are not capable of wearing conventional dentures and do not have healthy bone.
What are the Benefits of Implants?
Preserve remaining healthy natural teeth
High success rate
Prevent bone loss
Less costly in the long run
Make eating easy
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
To receive implants, you ought to have:
People who are suffering from serious chronic disorders – like diabetes or heart disease or who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area or even heavy smokers, ought to be examined on an individual basis. If you are thinking of getting your implants, talk to your specialist Dr. VanDyke, at Kentwood Family Dental Care to see if they are right for you.
However, most insurance carriers generally cover less than 10 percent of the fees. Detailed queries about your individual requirements and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your Dentist in Kentwood and the insurance service provider. As per, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the cost ranges from $3,000 to $4,500 per implant approximately.
Dental implants need the same care as your natural teeth, which involve brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups. Following this oral regimen will also improve your overall health status.