What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a surgical device designed to replace a missing tooth. It is an artificial tooth root that is embedded in the jaw and functions as a natural tooth. Success or failure of an implant depends on the health and oral hygiene of the patient. Implants can last as long as 15 years or more according to studies. Oral implants have a very high level of success.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Along with restoring your smile, a dental implant has advantages to oral hygiene, as well. The implant functions as a natural tooth, such as for eating. It promotes better hygiene, stimulates the bone, and preserves the right chewing functions. Depending on where the missing tooth is, you can have serious problems eating and maintaining oral hygiene. Replacing the tooth with a dental implant helps eliminate those problems.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
The cost of your dental implants will depend on a lot of factors, including whether your dental insurance will cover part of the cost. This varies based on your insurance provider and plan. Contact our office to learn more.
How painful are dental implants?
The procedure to get a dental implant can be uncomfortable, and you may have some pain. It depends on your pain tolerance and the severity of your needs. However, our dental team will work with you to make you as comfortable as possible every step of the way. Once the procedure is complete and you have healed, you should have no pain from the implant itself.
Can anyone get dental implants?
Most people can get dental implants, and they are usually successful. However, there are a few instances in which dental implants might not be the best solution for your needs. Our team will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your options with you prior to the procedure, including any concerns that may arise.
How long does the process take?
The process of replacing a tooth using a dental implant typically takes approximately three months from beginning to end. This is because it is done in two stages. The first stage is to remove the damaged tooth, if needed, and place the implant. However, before finishing the replacement procedure, it is necessary to allow the implant site to heal, which can take up to three months. As long as the implant site heals properly, the procedure can be completed after that. Prior to your procedure, we will explain the process to give you the chance to ask any questions you have or address any concerns that may arise.
We would be happy to help you restore your beautiful smile! If you need a tooth replaced and want to learn more about dental implants, contact Mount Zion Dental at 786-687-2889 to set up a consultation today.
3 MYTHS ABOUT TOOTH IMPLANTS
Most of the patients say “that was much easier than the extraction of a tooth.”
Dental implants DO NOT COST much more than an average 3 tooth bridge. A bridge will have to replaced on average every 7-15 years, dental implants most likely never need to be replaced.
Implant usually takes 3-4 months on average. A bridge 3-6 weeks. It is a short term sacrifice for a long term benefit!