Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that are meant to restore your smile, replace the missing teeth and blend with others. They are an effective, safe and durable option. Patients suffering from missing or damaged teeth, and chronic dental problems, as well as patients who had an injury or are wearing uncomfortable dentures, are all good candidates for dental implants.
Dental implants are made up of materials that are compatible with the human body, like titanium. There are two main types of implants:
- Endosteal means in the bone. Screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into your jawbone. Each implant can hold one or more artificial teeth. It is the most often used implant, recommended for patients with removable dentures or bridges.
- Subperiosteal means on the bone. These implants are placed on top of the jaw. A metal framework of the implant holds the prosthetic tooth, as it protrudes through the gums.
Subperiosteal implants are an option to patients who suffer bone weight loss and are not able to wear dentures.
Placing a dental implant into your mouth is a complex procedure that requires cooperation between you, your dentist, and your periodontist. The team of experts will develop an individualized treatment plan specifically for you.
How does the procedure of putting a dental implant in look like? There are three major steps:
- First, the implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone.
- Next, the osseointegration, or the healing process, begins. The implant, a titanium fixture, combines with the bone. The bone grows around the implant and holds it in place, which makes the implant sturdy and durable. A special diet is needed during osseointegration. Your dentist may recommend eating soft, cold foods and drink warm liquids (like soup). The bonding process can last a few months. For some patients only after the integration is complete, the prosthetic teeth can be attached. Others will have both implants and artificial teeth installed during the same visit.
- Lasty, false teeth are attached. Depending on how many artificial teeth are needed, dental crowns or a dental bridge are prepared. Whichever prosthesis is being used, it will be customized to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth and implants properly. It is good to remember that permanent crowns and bridges take a few weeks to be made. Your dentist will probably install a temporary prosthesis until the permanent replacement is ready to be installed in your mouth.
Every dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant, the abutment, and the crown.
The implant is an artificial root for your new tooth. It is a screw that is permanently inserted into your bone.
The abutment connects the implant to the new tooth; it holds the artificial tooth in place. The abutment is also a permanent piece; however, it can be removed by the dentist.
The last part is the crown. That is the actual prosthetic tooth that can be seen in your mouth. Its color is matched to your natural teeth. Crowns are sturdy and long-lasting.
If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist. They will ask you about your general health, explain your options and benefits of this treatment. Before an implant surgery can be schedules, a medical evaluation by a physician may be required.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants Columbus, Indiana [IN] (Special Offers)
Is there a limit on how many implants I can have?
In short – no. Dental implants can be used to replace your whole set of teeth. It will be up to you and your dentist to decide how many teeth need to be replaced. If you require a new arch (like upper or lower haw), the oral surgeon will install four implants into your jawbone. The whole set of teeth will be mounted onto them.
Are dental implants better than other restorative treatments?
Dental implants are becoming a preferred restorative dental treatment. They provide strong and long-lasting support for the false teeth because they combine with your bone. Dental implants cause no problems with biting or chewing; they do not move or slip like some dentures do. They usually do not require repairs.
Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?
A person who has missing or damaged teeth, has healthy gums and is in good general health – is a good candidate for dental implants. Patients should not be suffering from periodontal disease since implants need adequate bone in the jaw to integrate with. Also, patients who have chronic conditions, like leukemia or diabetes, may not be offered dental implants since their illnesses can interfere with the process of healing. It is also a good idea to stop the use of tobacco during the dental implant treatment.
I already have dental implants. What happens now?
When the procedure is done, and the healing is complete, your team of experts will discuss with you a care plan that was devised to meet your needs. Your periodontist will probably schedule some follow-up appointments to check on your gums and teeth. Taking good care of your implants is key. Visit your dentist on a regular basis. Keep the plaque and build up away by brushing and flossing every day.
How much does it cost to get dental implants?
Dental implants can be expensive, but they are an investment in your oral health. The cost is dependent on many factors, including the number of implants needed. The average price per implant, not including the procedure, is between $1500 to $2000. On top of that, you need to add the cost of the crown or bridge, the abutment, the root extraction, office visits and pre-op and post-op care. The total cost for a single implant come out to be between $3,000 – $4,800. Talk to your dental office team to ask about financing options.