If you are dealing with a missing tooth, or even missing teeth, you may have come across the term dental implants. You may be wondering “do I need a tooth implant”, and looking for more information about what exactly are.
First things first, let’s start with what exactly they are. In layman’s terms, a dental implant is an artificial root made up of titanium metal that is inserted into your jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. Once in place, an artificial tooth is attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Because of how the tooth is put in place, the implants are very secure and won’t slip or make noise. It is actually a very common procedure and a proven method of restorative dental work.
The main reason someone may choose to undergo this type of procedure varies, but a common purpose is to restore your smile confidence. It’s a great option for those who have dentures or partials because it addresses a lot of the common issues that come along with those like discomfort, visible silver hooks when you smile, or food that gets caught underneath them.
There are a few things that make implants right for some versus others. If you’re thinking about tooth implants, we want to ensure that you’re the right candidate for the procedure. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to dentistry, and we always want to ensure dental recommendations are right for you. These are a few of the things we look for when thinking about implants:
- One or more missing teeth
- Adequate bone to secure the implants, or able to have a bone graft
- Good overall oral health and healthy gums
- Willing to commit the time to the process (dental implants aren’t a quick in and out process)
There are so many benefits to dental implants. From our perspective, we see them as a great way to improve your oral health since more of your own teeth are left intact. But it goes beyond that, to the many self-esteem-related benefits that come from a properly done set of implants including improved speech, ease of eating, and of course their natural appearance.
What about any risks? Well, like any surgery there are some health risks associated with undergoing this procedure. This could include infection at the implant site, injury to other teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage, or sinus problems. This reiterates the importance of choosing the right clinic and dentist, one that is well-respected and that you have confidence in and full trust to deliver an expert level of care.
If you’ve gotten this far down the page, you are likely wondering “what do these cost”? Our office follows the dental fee guides set out by the Manitoba Dental Association. Private insurance does often cover partial costs for implants, depending on your specific insurance plan.
Done properly and well-cared for, your dental implants are a durable option that can last for many many years, or even a lifetime. Schedule a free consultation today – let’s get you smiling! If you’re not quite ready to schedule that consultation, download a copy of our free guide to dental implants. We dive into a bit more detail about the procedure, the types of questions you should be asking your dentist, and more.
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