All about dental implants – Are they right for you?

If you’ve been thinking about getting dentures (false teeth) but don’t want to worry about taking them out every night and maintaining them, consider dental implants as an alternative option. These artificial tooth replacements are a permanent fixture in your mouth, and they look and feel just like your natural teeth and will last for many years.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at dental implants, how they work, and why they may be right for you. Read on to learn more!

What are Dental Implants, and Why are They Used?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically placed into the jawbone, where it fuses with living bone tissue. This gives the patient a permanent solution to their missing or damaged teeth. The process involves placing small titanium screws into the jawbone, which fuse over time with the bone. Once the implant has fused with the bone, it becomes part of the jawbone itself.

The implant acts as a foundation for replacement teeth, providing support and stability. It also helps prevent the surrounding gum tissues from receding, which would otherwise cause the gums to pull away from the tooth.

Dental implants are often recommended as a treatment option when a patient loses one or more teeth due to gum disease, injury, or decay. However, many people choose this treatment even if their only problem is missing teeth since it provides many benefits like improved chewing ability, better appearance, and increased confidence.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Anyone who needs a permanent solution to replace missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. Aside from providing a beautiful smile, these implants can help improve overall oral health by preventing further damage to the mouth such as bone loss.

A single dental implant may be your best option if you are missing only one tooth. If you have several missing teeth adjacent to each other, an implant-supported bridge may be a good choice. But if you are missing all of your teeth in your upper or lower arch, you may need an implant-retained denture as it will give you a complete set of permanent teeth.

Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?

There are some things you should know before considering dental implant surgery:

  1. You must be healthy enough to undergo surgery.
  2. You should not have any underlying medical conditions that could affect healing.
  3. Your jawbone should have sufficient bone density to hold the implants securely.
Why Dental Implants Are a Great Choice

#1. They are Cosmetically Appealing

Implants provide a much more attractive smile than removable dentures since they simulate the appearance of real teeth. They look natural and are professionally matched to your current tooth color, so they blend seamlessly with your existing teeth.

#2. They Improve Your Chewing Ability

When you lose multiple teeth, it becomes difficult to chew food. Since implants behave like natural teeth, they allow you to eat solid foods without worrying about trouble.

#3. They Help Keep Teeth Healthy

Losing teeth can weaken the bite and increase the risk of developing TMJ-related disorders (jaw joint problems). When you have dental implants, your bite becomes stronger because the implants act as anchors to keep the jaw bones together.

#4. They are a Long-Lasting Solution

Implants can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. The longevity of the implant depends on several factors, including the health condition of the patient, whether there was adequate bone growth after the implant was placed, and how well you take care of your teeth and gums after the implants have healed.

The Dental Implant Procedure

During the initial consultation, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and thoroughly examine your mouth. After determining whether you’re a good candidate for implants, our oral surgeons will talk to you about the treatments available and what they entail.

Once you decide to proceed with the surgical procedure, we will develop a customized treatment plan just for you. Then, we will prepare your mouth for the process by removing any decayed tissue around the area where the implant will be placed. We will then clean out the space left behind by the removed tissue. This allows the implant to fit snugly against the jawbone.

Next, we drill holes in the jawbone at specific locations to allow the implant to be firmly anchored. Then, we will insert the metal post into place. During this time, eat only soft foods while the surgical site heals. After a couple of months, we will check on the healing progress. We will then permanently attach the crown to the implant, giving you a full, confident smile.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants are made from titanium, a metal that doesn’t react with the body. This means it won’t cause any problems when you eat or drink.

How long do teeth implants last?

Implants can last up to 20 years or longer if given proper care. This means that you don’t have to worry about replacing them.

How much do implants cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary depending on the type of implant, the number of teeth being replaced, and the complexity of the procedure. Generally speaking, a single-tooth implant can range from $1,500 to $3,000. The cost for multiple teeth implants can range from $3,000 to $25,000 or more depending on the complexity of the case. Additionally, there may be additional costs associated with the implant procedure, such as the bone grafting procedure.

Why are dental implants so expensive?

Since implants require extensive preparation before they can be inserted, they cost more than other types of restorations.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental implants may be partially covered by your dental insurance if they are deemed medically necessary. All insurance providers and plans are different, so be sure to contact your insurance provider beforehand so you fully understand your coverage options.

Book a Dental Implant Consultation Now!

Our practice offers affordable dental implants for patients who want to improve their smiles without breaking the bank. To learn more about how they work and what to expect during the entire process, contact us today!

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David T. Babington, DDS

Dr. David T. Babington grew up in the Chantilly area and attended Paul IV High School in Fairfax, where his involvement on the Cross Country team ignited his lifelong love of running. 

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