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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

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Where a real and healthy tooth is not an option, one may need to get a dental implant. Unlike the conventional teeth, implants are permanent as they are made of titanium. They have three parts: the first is the titanium implant which is attached to the bone. The abutment can be made of titanium, gold or porcelain, and is fixed to the implant using a screw on the lower side and the crown on the upper side. Finally, the crown is the part of the tooth that can be seen and is usually made of porcelain that is fused in the metal alloy.

Dental Implants FAQs

  1. What Are The Types Of Dental Implants?

There are two main types of dental implants:

  • Endosteal Implants – These are the most common types of dental implants, and they are typically placed in the jawbone through surgery. After this surgery, the surrounding tissue is allowed to heal. The patient then undergoes a second surgery to fix the abutment on the implant, and then finally, the crown is placed. The various types of endosteal implants are blades, screws, and cylinders.
  • Subperiosteal Implants– Unlike the one mentioned above, these implants are not fixed in the jawbone. Instead, a metal frame is placed onto the jaw below the gum tissue, and after healing, a post is attached to it. This post protrudes through the gum. Finally, an artificial tooth, which is visible,is then placed on the post.
  1. How Are Implants Attached To The Bone?

The titanium implant is attached to the bone through surgery. Before the procedure, your dentist will take an x-ray of your jawbone to precisely determine where he will place the implant. During the operation, he will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area. He will then make an incision in the gum to expose the bone. He then drills into the bone and places the implant inside. An x-ray will be done to ensure that the implant is where it is supposed to be.

  1. Am I a Good Candidate For a Dental Implant?

Not everyone can get a dental implant. This is because many factors are considered when determining whether one can undergo the procedure. The following are the ideal dental conditions that you should have if you are to get an implant:

  • A good bone density – This procedure heavily invests in the jawbone of the candidate. There has to be a sufficient amount of bone to ensure that the implant is adequately supported.
  • Healthy gums – Candidates suffering from gum or periodontal diseases may not be ideal for this procedure. This is because the implant is intimately connected to the gums when they are unhealthy, they may compromise the efficiency of the process.
  • Good oral health – To qualify for a dental implant procedure, the candidate should have a healthy mouth. The only issues he or she should have should concern the missing tooth or the one being treated.
  • The patient should have patience – This procedure of placing a dental implant takes quite a while, and this can be anything between 4 months to a year. This is because the bone in which the implant is fixed has to be given ample time to heal and graft before the next step in the procedure. Therefore, if you are a candidate, you have to be quite patient.
  1. Do Insurances Cover Periodontal Procedures?

Typically, insurances cover a small percentage of the cost of the procedure. However, this amount varies from one company to another. You can consult your insurance company on this or seek advice from us at Vita Dental Springs.

  1. Can Dental Implants Get Cavities?

No, implants cannot get cavities. This is because they are not natural teeth and are thus not susceptible to microorganisms in the mouth. They are made from metals.

  1. Is the Procedure Painful?

As mentioned above, the area on which an incision is made is numbed using anesthetics. Therefore, during surgery, you cannot feel a thing. However, after surgery, some patients have noted that you might experience a mild discomfort that is comparable to a healing socket after the extraction of a tooth.

  1. What Are The Advantages of Dental Implants?

The advantages of dental implants are as summarized in the following points:

  • Dental implants offer an option that is natural-looking, hence giving you a relaxed and comfortable smile
  • Unlike dentures, implants don’t slip. Therefore, during social interactions and when eating, you get to be confident without worrying about embarrassing yourself.
  • Implants are quite durable. This is because they are made from metal, hence are not susceptible to cavities and microorganisms.
  • A dental implant is cost-effective, especially in the long run. This is because they can last for decades, and all you need is a one-off cost.
  • Implants stimulate healthy bone formation over time. This is in contrast to the other options as none of them help with the health of the bones, and some may even hurt the jaws.

Do you wish to get dental implants? Are there any dental issues that you have and want to have them checked? Vita Dental Spring is a dental practice that offers a variety of services. Book a consultation with us today to explore your options regarding your dental health.