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An Introduction to Dental Implants


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An Introduction to Dental Implants

  1. 1. An Introduction to Dental Implants
  2. 2. Introduction It doesn’t really matter how well you care for your teeth, because of gum diseases, accidents or simply tooth decay, you’re bound – at one point or another – to have to think about replacing some of them. Now, if you’ve heard about dental implants as the solution you were looking for but are still hesitating, follow this presentation as we go through the what, when, why and how of this procedure.
  3. 3. What At its most basic, a dental implant is a substitute for a tooth and its root. Made of titanium, the screw of the implant will fuse with the jawbone and become an integral part of it, on par with your natural teeth. Now, if you can replace teeth one by one, there are also other options such as bridges or clip-on dentures that are supported by implants. However, be careful in that not all implants are equally effective. Generic implants may lead to lower success rates in comparison with recognized and trusted names, so always see with your specialist what brands he advocates.
  4. 4. When Usually, when you encounter teeth issues, you face two choices: you either fix the problem tooth or you extract it. Now, it’s always a better idea to try and save the tooth first if possible but, if its condition is beyond repair (such as with fractured or abscessed teeth), then a dental implant will be the next best thing. There are other alternatives to implants – dental bridges and dentures come to mind –, but those pale in comparison with implants as they just do not offer the same level of comfort or feel as the latter. Which leads us to the benefits of implants…
  5. 5. Why Not only do implants prevent the discomfort of moving dentures (as they become an integral part of your jawbone), they also provide you with the following advantages: • • • • • High durability Increased self-confidence Better appearance Painless eating Better speech
  6. 6. Who & How With that being said, who to entrust with the responsibility of placing those implants? Your general dentist or a specialist? When it comes to implants, the task is usually left to a periodontist or a maxillofacial surgeon, both of which can be contacted and briefed by your family dentist. After a local anesthesia, the periodontist will make a minor incision at the designated site and place a guide that will serve to install the implant. Then, by drilling the bone, he will allow the implant to be placed properly. All in all, this procedure almost never exceeds an hour.
  7. 7. How Much Although, as we mentioned earlier, there really is no contest between implants and the other alternatives, implants do cost a lot more too. For a single replacement (1 tooth), you can expect to pay around $3,500. And, unfortunately enough, that cost is generally not covered by insurance companies. In the end, it’s a matter of finding the right balance between your wishes and expectations, your budget and what your dental team can offer you. You can plan and save money for some time or try and see if you can’t negotiate an installment plan. Dental implants are expensive, but they’re worth every penny.
  8. 8. Conclusion Dental implants make for the best substitute to real, natural teeth. Not only do they look and feel the same, they’re also very durable and well tolerated by the organism. Despite all those benefits, implants do have a major drawback: their price. But if you value your comfort and peace of mind, they truly represent the solution you’ve been searching for. Implants do deliver on all fronts.
  9. 9. Still want to learn more about dental implants and how they could benefit you?
  10. 10. Still want to learn more about dental implants and how they could benefit you?