Your Davidson dentist gives you the lowdown on dental implants and when they are the best option for replacing missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants act similarly to a tooth’s root and hold an artificial tooth in place. The implant itself looks like a small titanium post, which we surgically embed into the jawbone of the missing tooth’s socket. Then we attach an abutment, which acts as a connector between the implant and the artificial tooth. Lastly, we customize a dental crown that matches the shade of your smile and then attach it to the abutment.
What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?
You must have good oral and general health, as dental implants require an extensive healing process. This means you can’t have decay or untreated gum disease. If you have a compromised immune system, have uncontrolled conditions such as diabetes, are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, or are pregnant then you most likely will need to consider another course of action for replacing your missing tooth or teeth.
Can dental implants replace all of my teeth?
If you are missing one or several teeth, dental implants are a great, long-term option.
If you are missing all of your teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, we can place multiple implants across the jawbone to support a fixed bridge. The procedure will be very similar to single or multiple implants. Your Davidson general dentist would be happy to sit down with you and map out your treatment plan if you want implants to restore your entire smile.
Are dental implants covered by my insurance?
The one thing to keep in mind when opting for multiple dental implants is the cost. While dental implants are certainly a reliable and life-long solution to restoring missing teeth, the upfront costs can be drastically higher than getting dentures or dental bridges.
Furthermore, most insurance companies do not cover dental implants at this time, so you may have to pay for this procedure completely out of pocket. However, always talk with your insurance provider to see if perhaps a portion of this procedure will be covered.
Before opting for dental implants, it’s best to see your Davidson general dentist for a consultation. Call us today to schedule your next visit.