Implants are one of the most common procedures done in dentistry. This article discusses what implants are when they should be considered, and how much they cost.
Dental implants are artificial roots that attach to a patient’s jawbone and support a crown or replacement tooth. They have been around since the 1800s, but there is still a lot that people don’t know about them – this article hopes to clear up some confusion!
When Should You Consider Implants?
The two main reasons for considering dental implants include replacing missing teeth or replacing lost teeth with prosthetics. Let’s look at these reasons individually.
Aesthetics: You may have beautiful teeth, but they don’t match the rest of your face. For example, you may have naturally high-arched teeth (a result of orthodontics when you were a child), yet your face is naturally round. Implants are a great option – they can be made to fit a completely different arch than you have now.
Loss of Teeth: There are many reasons why we lose our teeth, and implants can be used to replace them. If you’ve lost a tooth due to trauma or decay, implants can be placed within one week of extraction, and the process is taken care of at the same time as with other implants.
Prosthetics: This is the most common reason why people choose dental implants. Prosthetic teeth are costly and usually much heavier than natural teeth in their place. If you’ve lost a tooth due to trauma, if you have nightmares about eating or drinking, if you need one side of your mouth fixed due to injury or disfigurement, all of these problems can be solved with dental implants!
How Do Implants Work?
Implants do several things, including replacing missing teeth and replacing lost teeth with prosthetics.
They are made out of titanium, a metal that can be found in all living organisms. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning it’s similar to bone and will fuse with your body.
It takes 2-3 months for the bone to fuse with the implant; during this time, you may need some adjustments to get used to the new teeth.
Once the jawbone has fused with the implant (which usually takes about three months), a crown or permanent replacement tooth can be put on top of it.
Implant placement isn’t as painful as you’d think! Modern surgical techniques are used so minimal pain is associated with the procedure. The only pain you should be feeling is during and right after surgery, and over-the-counter pain medication can usually take care of this fairly quickly.
If you like the idea of dental implants but still feel like something is missing, ask your dentist if they offer additional cosmetic procedures such as veneers or orthodontics to get your teeth looking perfect again!
How Much Does It Cost?
Implants are not cheap, but it’s possible to find a good deal on them if you shop around.
You will likely have to pay more in the beginning while you are getting your implants made. Next time you visit the dentist and they mention that they need to do a root canal, ask if they can place a dental implant simultaneously. The price will decrease as soon as the root canal is done!
Dental Implants are not only famous for fixing teeth that have been lost due to injury or decay. Dental implants are also used for patients who want their teeth to look perfect and for other reasons, such as those mentioned above.
However, artificial tooth implants cost a lot of money, so most people aren’t able to afford them.