What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Team Dental Implants

Dental implants are an ideal option if you are missing one or more teeth and you need a permanent, durable solution. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth; they restore your confidence, improve your smile, and allow you to eat the foods you love and enjoy smiling with confidence again. Here’s what you need to know about dental implants and how they could help you.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are artificial tooth roots that are placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  Unlike dentures or bridges, which rest on top of the gums, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. Once in place, they provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Since they’re placed in the jawbone, they also help to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

Why Are Dental Implants Necessary?

Dental implants may be necessary for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Implants are used when natural teeth are either too few in number or not strong enough to support new dental work. Implants also tend to look more natural than dentures and other types of replacements because they come in various shapes, sizes, and shades of color.

Types Of Dental Implants

There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic Endosteal implants are the most common type and are placed directly into the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are the least common forms of dental implants and are placed in the cheekbone instead of the jawbone.

The Procedure For Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing teeth. The process involves surgically placing titanium posts into the jawbone, which act as anchors for artificial teeth. Getting dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes several months to complete. First, the implant site is prepared by making an incision in the gum tissue and placing the titanium post into the jawbone. Next, the gum tissue is closed around the post and allowed to heal for several weeks.

Healing Process

 How long it takes to recover from dental implants will depend on how many implants were placed and whether or not any bone or tissue grafts were necessary. During the healing process, you can expect some swelling, discomfort, and tenderness. This should subside within a few days.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

While the initial cost of dental implants can be high, they are a long-term investment that can last a lifetime. The average cost of dental implants is $1,500 to $2,000 per tooth. Additional costs may include crowns, bridges, or other treatments needed in conjunction with the implant placement. Insurance does not always cover dental implants, so this should be discussed with your dentist before treatment begins.

Questions About Dental Implants?

If you're considering improving your smile and your oral health with dental implants, Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry can help. Contact us today at 772.286.1606 or request an appointment online to set up a consultation.