What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are medically pure titanium devices that are placed into the jawbone. They act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth placement. Implants can secure from one tooth(crown) to several teeth replacing a full upper or lower denture. Dental implants are usually performed under local anesthesia by a dental surgeon specializing in implantology.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth; those who are dissatisfied with their current denture; those people who would like to eat better and with more comfort, and feel more secure when they talk and laugh.
Dental implants can also help preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your facial structure.
Dental implants are the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and the best way to restore your natural smile. If the treatment is properly planned, the surgery accomplished following accepted rules of practice, the prosthesis fabricated correctly and properly maintained by the patient, success rates are in excess of 98%.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Improved ability to eat and appearance
Increased denture comfort
Denture stability is increased
Help prevent bone loss
The cost of dentures or implants and the surgery itself, is not generally covered by dental insurance. However, this investment in your quality of life is tax deductible, and therefore more affordable than it might seem at first glance.
If you would like more information about dental implants, speak to a Denturist to find out if implantology is for you. The Denturist works closely with the rest of the dental care team to provide you with the best possible results.