What is dental implant used for?
Dental implant is one of the many procedures in dentistry that can give a patient the ability to chew properly, keep the teeth from shifting and maintaining proper bite. It can also provide great improvement in someone’s appearance if they are missing a front tooth. Many people don’t realize the importance of teeth until it is too late and they have lost one or more teeth. Most people are not happy with replacing their missing teeth with removable appliances. Dental implants are as close as one can get to natural teeth as an option for teeth replacement.
What is a dental implant
Dental implant is a titanium metal that looks like a screw and it is surgically placed inside the bone where the root of the tooth used to be. So the implant will act as the root of a tooth. The implant will start to fuse to the bone surrounding it. Once the fusion is complete and the implant is secure, then a crown is placed on the implant. In instances where there is more than one missing tooth, a bridge can be used on top of the implants. Also in patients who are wearing dentures, implants can be done and a denture will be made to be placed onto these implants and the denture will be supported so that is will not be loose at all.
Here are some of the advantages of choosing dental implants over other type of dental prosthesis or teeth replacements:
- Great improvements in your appearance. Because the implant are fused to the bone, it feels and looks like your original teeth and are permanent. (There are small incidences where infection can occur and the implant will not fuse properly to the bone). You do not have to endure the bothersome denture support. You do not even have to be so conscious of falling dentures or cracked fillings. It feels as if nothing has ever changed in your mouth.
- Good pronunciation. The implants do not interfere with your speech unlike the dentures do. You will notice how easily you can say words. With dentures, pronunciation of words changes due to something extra being in your mouth and your tongue hitting against it as well as the denture moving and not being stable.
- Comfort. It is a part of your body. Because it is connected in your bones, comfort is assured. There is no element of removing a prosthesis from your mouth.
- No eating disturbances. Because the dental implants are again part of you, you can enjoy your favorite foods with no problems. Unlike having dentures, your choices of food are limited. That does not happen with implants.
- Healthier Teeth. Since the implants are individual anchored to your jaw bone, it is not needed to reduce adjacent teeth, like you would with a bridge. So the teeth next to the implants are intact and don’t need to be touched. Their health is preserved as well as being able to clean in between the teeth and the implant.
- Increased confidence. A great set of teeth are the best asset. It can improve your self-esteem. You do not have to cover your mouth when you laugh in public or when you talk to somebody. They look very natural.
- Longevity. You can enjoy your dental implants for a long time if you follow the proper care. In fact, it can even last a lifetime. The success rate of dental implants are about 97-98%.
- Less embarrassing moments. Dentures are very prone to falling-off especially when you are speaking, laughing or eating. These moments are those crucial times when you are having great times with friends and acquaintances. With implants, you do not have to worry about it falling-off. You just enjoy your life without any worries.
Does dental insurance cover dental implants?
Most dental insurances do not cover dental implants because, it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, in some cases, your medical insurance may cover this procedure. There are some circumstances where you may not be a candidate for dental implants; your dentist can let you know if you are or you are not.
Dental implants are great replacement for teeth. They are expensive but the benefits and advantages outperform the disadvantages. For more information, please call out office at 323-771-7254.
By: Ladan Zinai