Tooth loss is one of the most common dental problems that millions of people visit the dentist for every year. They can be caused by an injury one gets from an accident or due to tooth decay and other related dental diseases. Luckily dental implants emerged and are a great option for replacing a lost tooth. Vita Dental highlights the surgery, the advantages, risks and the insurance question that come with dental implants.
What is needed and how are dental implant surgeries done?
- You must be of good health
For you to be a candidate for dental implants, your gums have to be healthy and your overall body health too. This is to facilitate a smooth and effective integration of the implant into the jaw structure. The gums are particularly important in providing support for the implant.
- An artificial tooth with a titanium screw is drilled into the jawbone
The surgery involves drilling a hole in the jaw bone and rooting the tooth implant there. The implant is first anchored into the jawbone and then fused between 3 to 6 months later with the bone. After the root has fused with the bone, a replacement tooth is fixed on the protruding implant.
- The entire procedure takes at least 6 months or more
The entire procedure will take at least six months. The long periods are meant to allow the jawbone structure to fuse with the root for strong support. After the implant has been placed, a patient will still have to make occasional visits to the dentist for monitoring and to observe whether the implant is being incorporated well into the bone structure. Ideally, the procedure will take longer than a year.
Dental implants are a great way to replace your lost tooth since they feel and look natural. But that comes at a cost. Getting a dental implant is quite expensive and costs more as compared to dental dentures. Eligible candidates who are considering the dental implants options should be aware of the costs and be ready to foot the bills.
- High success rate
The success rate for dental implants is at 98% hence a high probability of a successful implant procedure.
- They look, feel and work just like natural teeth
Dental implants are appealing because they look, feel and work just like natural teeth. You will not have to worry about feeling like you have a strange thing in your mouth. Even people will not be able to distinguish your implant from the rest of your teeth. Also, given that they work just like natural teeth, they fully restore one’s oral functions.
- They are permanent
A dental implant can last a lifetime if it is maintained properly. The artificial tooth is implanted into the jawbone and left to integrate. This means that it becomes part of it and cannot come off easily. This is unlike dental dentures that can come off or shift positions.
- Dental implants require low maintenance
Unlike the traditional dental dentures that have high maintenance requirements, dental implants onlyrequire that you do the regular oral maintenance practices like brushing and flossing. This makes them more convenient.
- They result in overall healthy tooth structure
Getting a tooth implant to fill your tooth gap will improve your teeth structure by setting the rest of the teeth in their natural position. The fact that you have to maintain good oral hygiene means that your teeth, gums, and jawbone will be healthier too.
- A dental implant gives you an improved look
Having a tooth gap can result in you looking older than you actually are. A dental implant helps counter this risk by giving you a healthy smile while protecting the integrity of your jaw bone.
- They are very convenient
Dental implants eliminate the need for messy adhesives that come with the traditional dentures. You do not have to fix the tooth to keep it in place.
What are the risks involved?
- Risk of gum infection
It might take quite a long time for the gum hold the implant effectively. This means that the gum around the implant is subject to attack by bacteria that could lead to a periodontal gum disease called periimplantitis, which, in turn, results in bone loss.
- An implant surgery can cause injury to surrounding teeth and blood vessels
When getting a dental implant, the teeth around the implanted tooth are also affected. This means that they are exposed to damage due to the procedure that could result in further dental complications. If the blood vessels are damaged, one may end up with a neighboring dead tooth.
- Nerve damage and sinus problems
Another risk is that the nerves in the mouth area can be damaged and sinus problems can occur if the implant is in the upper jaw and happens to protrude into the sinus cavity.
Are dental implants cost covered by insurance?
- Mostly, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance but can be covered under another medical insurance plans.