Missing teeth damage not only your smile but also your dental structure. The surrounding teeth can shift to the available spaces thereby weakening them. Although there are various dental options, dental implants are the ideal solution as they offer a permanent solution. Furthermore, you can also use the implants to support your dentures and bridges. Are you interested in these fixtures? In this post, we answer some of the common dental implant questions.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts made of titanium screws (act as roots), abutment and a crown. These posts look and function just like your natural teeth as they are fixed to the jawbone. The dental implants can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. Plus, you can also use them to offer firm support for your dentures.
What Are the Different Types?
Dental implants are available in different types and the dentist will choose the ideal option based on your dental situation.
- Mini dental implants are versatile as they can support a single tooth as well as your dentures and bridges. These implants are ideal for you if you are not interested in the conventional implants or the invasive procedure.
- Endosteal implants are traditional implants surgically fixed in the jawbone.
- Subperiosteal implants are fixed below the gum but above the jawbone. These implants are ideal for people who don’t have enough jawbone and not interested in getting a bone graft.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Unfortunately, dental implants are not for everyone. Our dentist will assess your dental health to determine your eligibility for these dental fixtures. You must have enough bone density to support the dental implant. If you have significant bone loss, the dentist may recommend a bone augmentation. A bone graft is a procedure done to promote natural bone growth using bone granules either from your body or a cadaver.
Other eligibility criteria used include age, healthy gums, and absence of cavities and decay.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Dental implant surgery procedure is lengthy and involves a few steps:
In the first dental consultation, our dentist will assess your dental structure and health using modern technology to check the condition of your bone. If a bone graft is not needed, the dentist will surgically fix the implants into your jawbone. This procedure can take one to two hours and thanks to anesthesia you will be asleep during the procedure.
After the implant is fixed, the healing process can take between five and seven months depending on the affected jaw.
However, if bone augmentation is done, it can between four and 12 months for the jawbone to be ready for implant surgery.
After the implant has fused to the bone, the dentist will fix the healing cap for 10 to 14 days to help gum tissue heal properly.
This involves the placement of the abutment which connects the implant and crowns. The dentist will take an impression of the modeling of the crown. It can take four to six weeks for the permanent crown to be made, in the meantime, the dentist will give you a temporary cap to protect the teeth.
The final stage
It involves fixing the permanent crown which has a tooth-looking appearance. The crowns can either be screwed or cemented to the abutment.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Sadly, yes. Dental implants have a success rate of 95%. However, because of certain factors, the implants can fail. Some of the common causes of implant failure include:
- Autoimmune disease
- Poor blood supply
- Poor health
- Allergic reaction
- Nerve and tissue damage
- Reject of the implants
- Poor oral hygiene
If you notice any discomfort in your gums, contact the dentist for an assessment.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance providers don’t cover the implants as they are considered as cosmetic procedures. You should, however, contact your insurance provider for information on which dental procedures are covered. Plus, call us for a discussion on our financial plans and offers.