People lose their teeth because of injuries, dental decay, gum disease, and a number of other issues. When that happens, people often opt for dentures to replace the missing teeth. But this is an extremely embarrassing and inconvenient solution because dentures don’t resemble your teeth completely and they all keep coming off. That’s where dental implants come in.
Dental implants are metal frameworks or titanium posts that are planted into the jawbone of the socket of the missing tooth. It essentially acts as a tooth root or foundation upon which you can mount a dental crown or dental bridge. Dental implants are the perfect replacement for your teeth because they’re firm, permanent, and they act just like your actual teeth. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the affordable dental implants procedure.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the ideal option for anyone who has lost their teeth, either recently or in the past. This procedure is perfect for both adults and adolescents.
The only requirement you need to meet for dental implants is that you should have enough bone structure under your socket to hold the dental implants. Since the implants are lodged into the jawbone, there needs to be enough bone growth to firmly hold the titanium posts in place. If you don’t have sufficient bone structure, you can also opt for bone grafting procedures to supplement the bone structure.
Dental implants may, in some cases, be unsuitable for heavy smokers, patients of radiation therapy, and patients with heart conditions or diabetes. However, you should consult your dentist about your suitability for dental implants.
What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?
As with all procedures, dental implants also come with their fair share of pros and cons. The following is a brief discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.
Pros of Dental Implants
- Realistic: Dental implants aren’t extension for your teeth, they fuse with your actual bone structure permanently, thus providing an extremely strong foundation for your dental crowns or dental bridges. As such, they perfectly resemble your actual teeth and no one can tell the difference.
- Speed: It’s difficult to speak clearly is you have missing teeth. It can also be difficult to speak through dentures because they often fall out while you’re speaking, which can be embarrassing. Dental implants, however, are perfectly lodged into your bones so there’s no chance of them dislocating.
- Eating: If you don’t have a complete set of teeth, chewing and eating certain food items can be difficult. Eating is even worse with dentures because they may keep sliding off or you may have to remove them while eating. There are no such issues with dental implants — they function just like real teeth and allow you to eat perfectly.
- Comfort: Dental implants fuse with your body and become a part of it. Over time, you don’t even feel them anymore because they’re an extension of your body, making them extremely comfortable.
- Durable: Dental implants are extremely strong since the roots are made of titanium and dental crown or bridge may be made of materials like porcelain or ceramic.
- Conservative: Dental implants are more conservative than crowns and bridges because the dentist doesn’t have to shave off your actual teeth in order to accommodate the implants. The post is simply placed into an empty slot that’s already missing a teeth and the crown is mounted over it. No need to alter the structure of a healthy tooth.
- Convenient: Since dental implants are fixed in place, you don’t have to constantly remove them and take special care of them. This makes them a lot more convenient than dentures.
- Success: A tooth implant is a highly successful procedure with a 98% success rate.
Cons of Dental Implants
- Expensive: Dental implants are more expensive than dental crowns and dental bridges. And they’re far more expensive than dentures.
- Surgery: Dental implants require surgery as the posts have to be lodged into your bone structure.
- Time-Consuming: The entire procedure can take several months to complete, so it’s not an immediate procedure.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two safe types of dental implants available — endosteal and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal Implants require two rounds of surgeries. During the first, the tooth implant is lodged into the jawbone. During the second, the post is connected to the implant. Finally, the dental crown or bridge can be mounted on the post.
Subperiosteal Implants is a procedure in which a metal frame and post is attached to the jawbone and then a prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant.
Affordable Dental Implants Procedure
An affordable dental implants procedure includes the following steps:
- General examination of your teeth by the dentist to assess if you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants.
- The dentist attaches a titanium post to the missing tooth’s socket during the first surgery. After the surgery, you have to rest for approximately 12 weeks while the jawbone grows around the lodged post.
- During the second surgery, the dentist will attach a small post to the implant in order to hold the dental crown.
- The dentist takes an impression of your teeth using a dental mold. This mold captures the size, shape, and alignment of your teeth so that the dentist can prepare the perfect tooth. While the crown is prepared — which can take two weeks — the dentist will give you a temporary dental crown.
- Once the dental crown is prepared, it will be attached to the connector post or abutment. It will look and act like your actual teeth and no one will be able to tell the difference.
Cost of Affordable Dental Implants
Tooth implants are the most expensive types of replacement for your teeth. A single tooth implant may cost between $3,000 to $4,500. However, dental implants can last a lifetime and it’s a one-time cost so most people find it to be worth it. You should also note that dental implants are rarely covered by insurance so you’ll likely have to pay for it out-of-pocket.
Is Dental Implant Dangerous?
Dental implants are successful in 98% of the cases. However, there’s a negligible risk of side effects such as the following:
- Injury to the surrounding teeth or gums.
- Nerve damage.
- Sinus issues.
You can minimize the risk of these side effects and problems by seeking dental implants treatment from a reputable dental clinic.
Schedule a Dental Implants Appointment
At Richmond Dental PLLC, we take precise impressions of your mouth to create dental implants that resemble your actual teeth. We can replace your missing teeth permanently and without any complications. For more information, please schedule a dental implants appointment today.