Exploring Dental Implants: A Widely Chosen Solution for Tooth Replacement

Are You Missing Teeth?

Missing teeth can deal a big blow to your confidence. They can also interfere with other functions of your mouth including chewing and talking. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with missing teeth for the rest of your life. Dental implants are a teeth replacement option that provides you with the next best thing to real teeth. Implants are designed to feel, look and function just as natural teeth do. This dental treatment will restore function while lifting your confidence. Below we take a closer look at implants, their benefits and whether they are a good option for you.

Advantages of Dental Implants:

  • Natural looking and comfortable

Implants are one of the best teeth replacement options primarily because they look, function and feel just like natural teeth. Patients are able to smile with confidence as well as eat and engage in social activities without worrying about how their teeth look.

  • Durable and reliable

Implants are a long term solution for missing teeth. With proper care they can last for years.

  • High success rate

This replacement solution offers higher success rates in comparison to other types of options.

  • Improved function

Implants function just like natural teeth. Replacing your missing teeth will mean you can chew your food and speak as you did previously.

  • Preservation of bone tissue

Because implants are anchored into the jaw bone they stimulate the growth of the jaw bone. This helps to preserve jaw bone tissue.

Are Dental Implants a Good Option for Me?

Implantation of teeth is a good option for you if:

  • Are missing one or more teeth
  • Your dental bridge needs to be replaced
  • You’re dentures are slipping, clicking or interfering with eating
  • You are experiencing pain or other bite problems due to missing teeth.

What is a Dental Implant?

Implant teeth are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. They consist of a root which is the implant device itself and is inserted into the jaw bone. The abutment is the piece that connects the implant to the crown, which sits over the gum line.

Benefits of Dental Implants over Other Options

  • Predictable and superior outcomes including improved appearance, chewing ability and speech
  • Preservation of the jaw bone after extraction of teeth
  • Resistance to cavities
  • Preservation of teeth alignment and adjacent teeth structure
  • Can assist with fixing of removable prosthesis such as dentures
  • Long term and fixed solution for replacement of missing teeth

Dental Implant Process

The dental implant process generally involves:

  • Thorough oral examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for implants
  • Placing of implants. This is often done in two phases.
    • Phase 1 – this involves placement of the implant as well as a temporary abutment
    • Phase 2 – this involves the insertion of the dental implant and covering with gum tissue
  • Attaching of the abutment which will support the crown, bridge or dentures.
  • Fitting of the crown, bridge or denture.

Cost of dental implants

The cost of replacing teeth with implants will depend on various factors including how many teeth are being replaced, any additional treatment required, the health of your jaw bone and whether you will use insurance cover to pay for the procedure. It is best to consult with your dentist and obtain a cost estimate for the procedure to prepare for the costs ahead.

How long is the procedure?

This depends on various factors including your overall health, how fast your gum heals and the amount of restoration to be done.

All-on-Four Dental Implants

This depends on various factors including your overall health, how fast your gum heals and the amount of restoration to be done.

How long do implants last?

Implants are a long term solution. With proper care they can last for many years.

Is special care and maintenance required for implants?

Implants can be cared for just like your normal teeth. Simply maintain good oral hygiene habits.

What are the risks to getting dental implants?

There are little to no risks associated with this procedure. However, it is important to consult a physician prior to your procedure. Health issues such as heart problems, uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure may result in complications.

Are implants right for me?

The best way to determine whether this option is right for you is by consulting an experienced dentist.

Ready for a consultation?

Are you interested in implants? Contact us, Timothy A Hess DDS, to schedule consultation and learn whether implants are a good option for you.