When a tooth or several teeth need to be replaced, a dental implant can be a great way to regain a stunning, healthy smile.
In the unfortunate event of tooth loss or a tooth that must be extracted, thanks to modern dental technology, we now have the opportunity to replace that tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are placed in the jaw to replace the missing tooth root. It then heals for four months before a porcelain crown is placed on top. In many cases the crown can be placed the same day the implant is placed into the jaw. Missing single or even multiple teeth can be replaced by dental implants, completely restoring your smile! Sedation dentistry is available for most dental implant procedures.
Dental Implant Cost(s), Insurance, Pain and Processes
Dental implants are a surgical component that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto a metal mount that has been positioned on your jaw by a dentist.
They are implanted to support dental prosthesis and to act as an orthodontic anchor where necessary. If your dentist has said that you are in need of dental implants, you might have a whole range of questions flooding through your mind right now.
Luckily for you, we have got some of them down below that we are going to provide the answers so that you don’t have to have a worry in your mind. Keep reading if you want to know more about dental implants and some of the most common questions!
Dental Implant Costs
It depends on the needs of the individual to how much dental implants are going to cost. The average cost of a single dental implant in the USA is variable, although the specific cost of your treatment will need to be discussed with your own dentist. This can fluctuate quite dramatically depending on how many you need, what it is going to be used for, and the price that your dentist charges for dental implants. If it is an exceptional circumstance, then you might be eligible to have your dental implant fitted on the NHS, but this is not very common and only happens in extreme cases.
The cost of your dental implant will also depend on how many teeth are going to need replacing, combined with if there will be any additional work needed. You can discuss all of these variables with your dentist, who will then be able to provide you with a quote.
Dental Implant Insurance
You will need to check your dental insurance plan to see if this covers implants, however, if this has been done for cosmetic reasons, then the majority of insurance providers do not cover this type of treatment. For this reason, you might need to look into getting a separate insurance policy for your dental implants so that if something does go wrong, or there need to be any adjustments made, this can be done without extra cost to you.
Dental Implant Process
There are several stages that are involved when you have a dental implant surgically placed. The first is that the implant will be placed into your jaw, and the abutment will be attached to the implant, which is the part that will hold the teeth in place. This can be a one or two-stage process depending on the complexity of the issue.
After this, your new implant will be fused with the bone that is surrounding it, but this can take a long period of time, usually ranging from between six weeks to six months. In some cases, your dentist might offer you artificial teeth to wear for this period while this takes place. Finally, your new artificial teeth can be constructed and fitted to the implant to give you a look that you have always wanted.
Dental Implant Pain
Most people do not experience any kind of pain or discomfort with their dental implant. However, this does vary from person to person. Though, if you are having more work done on the area, it might be the case that you do feel a little bit of pain or discomfort. It is the common consensus that having a tooth removed is more painful than having a dental implant placed, so if you have ever been through a procedure where your tooth has been removed, you are going to get through this one just fine.
Although if there is any kind of infection on the dental implant area after the procedure, this can be quite uncomfortable and you should seek the help of your dentist sooner rather than later. Other than this, there should be very little, if any pain.
Do I Need A Bone Graft?
It is not always going to be necessary to have a bone graft when you are getting dental implants. However, there are some exceptions to this, and in some cases, you might need to have a bone graft. For example, if your jawbone is too soft or isn’t thick enough, then you might need a bone graft before you can have dental implant surgery.
This is because chewing places a large amount of pressure on your jawbone, and if it can’t support the implant, then the surgery will likely not be a success. This means that the bone graft will create a more solid base for the implant to sit.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
A lot of people wonder if their dental implants can last a lifetime. If you take the time to maintain your dental implant each day, take care of the teeth, and then they are likely to last a lot longer. Some studies have suggested that dental implants should last for around twenty years, and this should be the case whether they have been fitted for long term or short term use. As well as this, the study found that dental implants can stand around a decade of constant stress before they will need to be replaced.
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