Whether teeth are lost to an accident, disease or have been missing since birth, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. a dental implant is placed in the jaw to replace the missing tooth root. It acts as a base or an anchor for individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges and entire dental prostheses. Implants look and feel most like your natural teeth, and can help prevent bone loss and protect adjacent teeth.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Virtually any adult with missing teeth may benefit from dental implants, as long as the jaw has stopped growing (which is why they are not appropriate for children) and there are no underlying medical risk factors.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Success rates vary according to the research method used. Long-term results have shown that implants have a 95-98% success rate after five years.
Will I need to go into the hospital for the procedure?
Most procedures do not require a hospital visit and can be performed in a dental office.
Does the procedure hurt?
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Insurance coverage of implant treatment depends on the individual policy. Many plans provide coverage for at least part of the implant therapy. It is best to check with your insurance provider to learn details of your benefit.
A Straightforward Procedure
Plan – Your implant team will plan your case to help ensure the best outcome. Placement – the specialist will place the implant and form the gum tissue around the implant.
Healing – the bone around the implant should grow and integrate with the implant surface in just a few weeks.
Temporary restoration – If the implant is in a visible area, a temporary tooth restoration may be placed while the site heals.
Placement of abutment – When healing is complete, your restoring dentist will place the abutment, a small piece that connects the implant to the crown. an impression will be taken and the final crown will be ordered from the lab.
Final crown – When the final crown is returned from the lab, the temporary tooth will be removed and the final crown will be put into place.