What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant can be used to replace one tooth or many teeth. The implant consists of a small titanium screw that functions like a natural tooth root.
Dental implants can help by preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting, addressing bite issues or jaw joint pain, and helping to restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are good for jaw health. If one or more teeth are lost, the jawbone will naturally resorb (lose volume) because there is no longer a tooth root to stimulate it. Since implants replace the roots of missing teeth, the loss of bone mass is avoided.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure requires the placement of both a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
To start, your dentist begins by surgically placing the implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant bonds with the bone and attaches to the gums.
Once the healing is complete, which can take between 3-6 months post-surgery, patients return to their dentist's office to complete the procedure.
At this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement such as a dental crown, bridge or denture to the implant to achieve the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Espaces Sourires.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If cared for properly, your implant can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, and attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You can take care of a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Your dentist will administer anesthesia during dental surgery to ensure your comfort and so you won't feel pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The whole dental implant procedure usually takes about 2-9 months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will pay for a portion of the cost. Some providers won't cover any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.
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