Dental implants are artificial teeth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once fixed, they are often covered with crowns or bridges to protect them from decaying and breaking. Dental implants are a great option for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to some mishap.
How do Dental Implants Work?
These dental implants are designed in such a way that they provide complete support to the entire structure of the teeth like an original tooth does. Bridges and Dentures often cemented onto implants won’t shift or slip in your mouth, which provides an additional advantage when eating and speaking. This secure placement aids the bridges and dentures — along with individual crowns cemented over implants — making them feel more natural than traditional dentures or bridges.
For certain individuals, ordinary dentures and bridges are usually not comfortable or even possible, because of gagging, poor ridges and sore spots. Moreover, standard bridges should be connected with teeth on either side of the space left by the lost tooth.
The biggest benefit of implants is that you do not need any adjacent teeth prepared or ground down to support your new dental implant.
Who can get a dental implant?
A good candidate should have adequate bone and healthy gums to support the implant. The patient is also required to keep the structures healthy by brushing, and flossing twice every day. Daily dental visits and meticulous oral hygiene are also vital for the long-term implant success.
Dental implants relatively cost more and a majority of insurance providers cover less than 10% of the total fee of the dental implant.
There are basically two types of dental implants according to the American Dental Association and they are:
- Endosteal implants — these implants are done directly into the jawbone. Before placing the artificial tooth, the surrounding gum tissues are healed and then a second surgery is required to link a post to the original implant. Finally, an implant is connected to the post separately, or grouped on a denture or a bridge.
- Subperiosteal implants — these implants comprise of a metal frame that is placed into the jawbone slightly below the gum tissue. The metal frame gradually fixes to the jawbone as the gum tissues heal. The frame-attached posts protrude through the gums. And then dental implants are cemented onto the posts.