Restoring your smile is important. Having a nice smile with a mouth full of teeth can build confidence and raise your self-esteem. You don’t have to have a full or even partial set of dentures to accomplish this task. Instead, if you are just missing one or two teeth, you may consider dental implants instead.
What Are They and How Do They Work?
Dental implants are a metal screw placed into the jawbone. Once the tissue surrounding the device has healed, your dentist will add a prosthetic tooth to complete your smile.
While it might seem like this is a perfect solution for those who may be only missing a tooth or two, there are some restrictions. Your dentist will have to examine your mouth in order to ensure that your jawbone hasn’t degraded too much. When you lose teeth, the underlying bone will erode away. If too much time has passed, you may not have enough surface left to support the root and prosthetic safely.
When you have the procedure, your dentist will have to insert the metal piece into the bone in a specific way. That means he will have to cut through the gum tissue in order to drill it into the bone. The metal device is made out of titanium, which is generally accepted by the human body. However, if it is not inserted correctly, there is a chance of rejection. Your doctor will explain how to care for the site while it heals. It will take several months to ensure the site is strong enough to support the prosthetic.
Can Anyone Have This Procedure?
In most cases, you should be able to receive dental implants. There are some exceptions. Those who have uncontrolled diabetes may not be a good candidate. In addition, those who have severely compromised immune systems shouldn’t undergo this procedure. Obviously, patients who have missing bone aren’t automatically ruled out. Those who can and are willing to have a bone graft might still be able to have dental implants once the graft has healed. However, you should speak with your dentist in order to confirm if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
What Are the Costs and Are Implants Permanent?
This restoration procedure can be costly, especially if your insurance does not cover it. However, despite costing between $1,500 and $2,000, it is worth the money in order to have your smile restored.
Dental implants are considered a permanent solution to tooth loss. However, if the root doesn’t take for some reason, you will have to have it replaced. Additionally, from time to time you will need to have maintenance performed. There may even be a need to have the prosthetic replaced after a while. This is normal for any restoration procedure, and you need to plan accordingly.
Since any dentist can perform this procedure, you should start by consulting with your own doctor. Find out how much experience he has and if he is comfortable performing the surgery. If he doesn’t have much experience, he can refer you to an orthodontist or periodontist who specializes in these types of treatments.