A dental implant is done to replace a lost natural tooth and its root. The implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown.
It has many advantages over other tooth replacement options. It looks and functions like a natural tooth, and replaces a single tooth without damaging the neighboring teeth.
It can also be more aesthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge.
Commonly Asked Questions about Implant Dentist’s Services
Will My Insurance Pay for the Implant?
Some insurance companies cover dental implants, but others don’t. You will have to consult your insurance provider about this. If it is not covered, you can ask your dentist about his payment plans.
How Long Does It Take to Restore Teeth Using Dental Implants?
The treatment time depends on each patient’s restoration needs, medical and dental histories, the condition of the jawbone, and the technique and materials that are used.
Multiple appointments are usually needed. It can take a few months for simple cases to more than a year for complex ones.
How Do I Know If My Implant Dentist Is Qualified?
It is important to get an expert with enough training, skills, and experience. He should be registered with the relevant regulatory bodies and possess a valid practicing license. You can ask to be shown proof of certification, licensing, and awards.
How the Implant Is Done
The implant is placed into your jaw and allowed to bond together with the bone to form an anchor for the artificial tooth, usually within the next few months.
The implant is then uncovered and an extension attached. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation on which the new tooth will be placed. The gums are then allowed to heal for a few weeks.
When sufficiently healed, a replacement tooth called a crown is created and attached to a small metal post, called an abutment.
These steps can be combined when conditions allow.
With healthy tissues, an implant can last for 16 -20 years without complications and revisions.
General Considerations and Risks of Dental Implants
The general health condition of the patient, the condition of the mucous membranes and the jaws, the shape, size, and position of the bones of the jaws, and the adjacent and opposing teeth have to be assessed before implanting.
Conditions such as smoking and suffering from osteoporosis increase the risk of complications and must also be considered.
Complications from dental implant surgery are rare but can occur. Risks include infection; damage to other teeth, tooth roots, sinus problems; fractures; nerve damage, numbness or tingling; inability to complete the procedure due to inadequate jawbone; and implant failure.
Get Your Tooth Restored
Talk with your implant dentist before any procedure to understand your condition and any risks that may occur. Assess your dentist to ensure he is qualified.
If you are dreaming of regaining your natural smile after losing a tooth, dental implants done by qualified implant dentists are the way to go.