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Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small post made of titanium, bicarbonate metal, or both. It goes into the gum space where a tooth used to be.
The implant joins with the jawbone tissue and becomes a strong, painless replacement for the missing tooth. If there is no tooth in the jawbone, the bone starts to weaken.
Dental implants are the only way to fix teeth that help the jawbone stay healthy and remain stimulated. The implant works like a real bone.
Implants are also versatile; they can hold one crown or work with other implants to hold a bridge or denture.

Reasons for Dental Implants

Dental Implant Maintenance

Take care of dental implants like your natural teeth by committing to daily dental hygiene at home along with regular visits to the dentist.

Brush & Floss

Brush and floss restored dental implants twice a day, especially after meals. Use a small, soft manual toothbrush or electric brush; low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste; dental floss for cleaning around the abutments
Step 01

Use oral aids

Use other recommended oral hygiene aids for additional cleaning such as antimicrobial mouth rinses, inter-dental brushes, and disclosing tablets
Step 02

Regular checkups

See the dentist every 3-6 months for a professional exam and cleaning​. Annual x-ray examination of the implant(s) is recommended
Step 03

Dental Implant FAQs

The price for dental implants can range from $2,000–5,000 or more, which varies based on the number of implants, implant material used, and complexity of the surgical procedure. The advantages far outweigh the initial cost however, to help patients save money in the long run by avoiding more painful, expensive corrective treatments.

Dental implants are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling replacement for missing teeth. Unlike many other tooth replacement options, dental implants do not slip or click when talking, laughing or eating, making for greater confidence in social situations. Dental implants are also considered a healthy option because they help to maintain the jawbone, keeping the facial structure intact.

Dental implants can last over 40 years, even a lifetime, with proper care like regular brushing and flossing, and following your dentist’s advice during check-ups. Although dentists can’t promise the implant’s longevity, they offer guidelines for optimal care considering your hygiene habits, genetic history, and diet. Adhering to these dentist recommendations gives your implant the best chance to endure throughout your life.

Dental implants boast a 95% average success rate but drop to 50-70% in heavy smokers due to impeded healing. Risks include infection and pain, with potential for bone and gum grafts if needed. Despite higher initial costs, the long-term benefits are considerable.

It’s uncommon for a body to reject a dental implant, as the jawbone usually accepts it. Rejections are typically due to unusual titanium alloy allergies. Implant failures can also be due to poor post-surgery care. Good oral hygiene is crucial; without it, natural teeth and implants alike can fail. Proper dental care is essential to prevent gum decay and ensure the longevity of dental implants.

The implant process involves two main stages: implant insertion followed by crown attachment. Implants require 6-16 weeks to integrate, with minimal downtime expected. Initial discomfort or swelling is manageable with over-the-counter pain relief and doesn’t usually disrupt daily activities. A temporary soft or liquid diet might be recommended. After healing, the crowns are secured.

Individuals typically return to work the day following surgery; however, this varies based on personal experience and surgical complexity. Some may opt to take an additional day off for complete recovery and to give their mouth time to rest post-procedure.

Dental Implants can face issues without daily maintenance. Initial trouble is indicated by bleeding, termed mucositis. Early detection allows for successful treatment and reversal. However, progression to bone loss, or peri-implantitis, results in irreversible damage. Untreated peri-implantitis may cause significant bone loss and necessitate implant removal.

Dentists and hygienists must probe and measure the gums around the implant as they would around teeth, examine and compare x-rays annually, assess for looseness, evaluate the bite, and inspect all components attached to the implants to ensure proper function.

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