Historically, people had very few options for treating missing teeth. Those options typically consisted of dentures that required removal and cleaning every night. They also caused several problems, such as not being suitable when eating certain foods and moving around in a patient’s mouth. Today, there are much better options, including dental implants.
Still, many don’t consider dental implants when considering alternatives for their teeth. Some people are not aware that this alternative exists, while others think they’re simply too costly. Fortunately, as implants become more popular, they’re becoming more accessible and some insurance companies will even cover some of the cost. If you have problems with your teeth and think implants may be for you, we can fully explain the options available to you.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’re considering dental implants, you likely have two main concerns with your current situation. First, your smile may not look as aesthetically-pleasing as you would like. Secondly, you may not be able to enjoy the foods you once did. When you choose dental implants, both of these issues are taken care of.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are very natural looking. They will blend into your smile and make your teeth look beautiful, without any indication they are not real. They also don’t stress the surrounding teeth the way dental bridges can. Instead, they will actually support your smile and your entire jaw line.
Dental implants also don’t need replacement the way traditional dentures do. They are permanently installed into your jaw, which means you can enjoy your new beautiful teeth for the rest of your life.
Perhaps most importantly, dental implants will also prevent future bone loss. When teeth are extracted or fall out and aren’t replaced, it can result in significant bone loss. Replacing the old tooth with an implant can prevent continuing bone loss, making your entire smile and jaw healthier and stronger. This prevention of bone loss also helps retain your facial structure, which can change if lost or broken teeth are not replaced.
Types of Dental Implants
When choosing dental implants, there are many different types. The kind you choose will depend on the amount of teeth you need replaced.
Single tooth dentures are just that. They are meant to replace just one tooth, while supporting the others around it. A person that is missing only one or two teeth can use these types of dental implants in any area of their mouth that needs it.
Denture-secured implants on the other hand, outfit your entire mouth with new teeth. First, several screws are inserted into the jaw. These secure the implants and prevent them from moving in the mouth the way traditional dentures once did.
In a process that takes between two and six months, the screws are left in the jaw before the implants are installed. This allows the jaw and gum to grow around the screw, making it even more secure. This is how dental implants can remain in place, even when chewing. Once this process has taken place, the dental implants are then installed, with the screws securing them in place.
Cost of Dental Implants
Many people shy away from dental implants because they are more costly than traditional dentures. However, no one should ever let the cost of implants keep them from achieving the beautiful smile they want.
Insurance companies did not once cover the cost of dental implants due to the fact that they’re considered an elective, or optional, procedure. Today though, more insurance companies are starting to offer coverage for dental implants. Additionally, even when insurance companies won’t cover the full cost of the implant, they will still cover other costs associated with the procedure. These can include the original extraction, or the dental crown.
When comparing the cost of dentures and dental implants, many people only consider the initial cost. They don’t realize that dental implants can actually be more cost effective than dentures. This is because implants are installed only once and they are permanent. There is no need to switch them with newer implants over time, as there is with dentures. While dental implants will last up to 25 years, dentures require replacement every three to five years.
Are Dental Implants for Everyone?
While most adults can get dental implants with few or no complications or problems, they are not for everyone. Some individuals are not suitable candidates for dental implants. This is sometimes the case when a person does not have enough bone in their jaw to support an implant. Certain diseases, or certain medications the patient is taking can also interfere with bone healing around the implant site.
During your initial consultation, a periodontist will use 3D imaging and other technologies to determine how much bone density you have, and the location of your sinuses. You are encouraged to ask questions and share any concerns you have with the periodontist at this initial meeting. Together, you and the periodontist can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Choose ActOn Implants For Your Maryland Heights, Missouri Dental Implants
No one should have to go through life worried about the food they eat, or the way they smile. Dental implants are a great answer to these concerns and can help you lead your life more confidently, and more comfortably. If you have lost teeth, or are losing teeth, you need to speak to Dr. Slaven. He will work with you to provide a customized, affordable plan for replacing your teeth and helping you get the smile you want.