What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. These replacement teeth are a solution to replace missing teeth as they serve as a foundation for bridges or crowns. A dental implant is usually a post made of titanium that embeds in the jawbone below the gum line.

Are There Advantages Of Getting Implants?

Teeth Implants have many fantastic benefits for patients suffering from tooth loss. Some incredible advantages implants provide are:

  • Beautiful aesthetics. Implants have a very natural and comfortable look. Nobody will know you have replacement teeth when you smile.
  • Better communication and speech. Before implants, patients had to use dentures for replacing missing teeth. Dentures have tendencies to slip around. These slips would often cause patients to mumble or have slurred speech.
  • Ability to enjoy any foods. Since implants feel and function like natural teeth, there are no food restrictions.
  • You are gaining confidence and positive self-esteem. Patients can smile with confidence again — no more worries about others seeing a missing tooth.
  • Amazing durability. Implants can last many years, even decades.
  • Hassle-free experiences. Implants have no extra maintenance requirements as bridges or dentures have.

Are There Any Downsides?

With its surgical nature, getting implants does have risks or side effects. Though it's low, potential downsides of implants are:

  • Tooth infections
  • Tooth infections
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Bone healing delays
  • Nerve damages

Though not health-related, other disadvantages of implants include costs and time. Most insurances do not cover implants. So the costs will be high compared to other dental treatments. Getting implants also requires a considerable time commitment. Tooth implants take several weeks at least to heal.

What is the process of Dental Implants?

After the initial consult and exam, the next step is to start the process of adding your dental implants. Implant designs help to improve the appearance of your smile and restore the full function of your bite. The first step is inserting a thin titanium rod into the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. This titanium rod acts as an artificial root for the dental crown, keeping it securely in place. Patients must have enough jawbone density and good oral health for this step. Patients who do not have sufficient jawbone density may need to undergo a bone graft. The bone graft will help provide a more stable foundation to receive the implant.

Once the implants are in place, the titanium rod fuses with the jaw and becomes a permanent part of your mouth. A temporary crown is worn during this time to fill the space of the missing tooth. Once fusion occurs, the crown can switch with your custom-fitted permanent crowns. The result of the implant is a replacement tooth that functions as the rest of your natural teeth. This result means the implant not only enhances your smile cosmetically but also improves your ability to chew and speak. They will be comfortable and realistic enough that, over time, some patients tend to forget they have a replacement tooth at all.

Am I a good candidate for Dental Implants?

You are usually a right candidate for dental implants when you have any teeth missing. Ideal candidates should also have:

  • sufficient jawbone density to support.
  • good overall health.
  • healthy gums.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Artur Arkelakyan will perform an oral exam. He will then determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

How Long Do Implants Last?

With good oral hygiene, patients can expect their implants to last a lifetime. For starters, the implant itself will fuse to your jawbone. This fusion creates a permanent foundation and solution for your missing tooth. Teeth implants come from very durable materials like titanium. They will be able to withstand the typical day to day activities healthy teeth go through.

Contact Coastland Dental, your Burbank Dentist, to schedule a consultation. Our trusted and reliable dentist will be able to recommend which procedure is best for you. For many dental implants can be the perfect solution for missing teeth. Call us today to get back your perfect beautiful smile.

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