What exactly does a dental implant mean?
An implant is a device placed inside your body to maintain the functionality. A dental implant is, obviously, the replacement for your missing teeth. It is a small screw-like structure made of titanium element which is highly bio-compatible. Meaning, your oral tissues will not reject it and thus the implant will be a success. It takes a surgery to place the implant inside your jaw bone. After a while, when the bone has fused with the screw, the artificial teeth are placed over it, matching in colour to the other teeth. Once it is done, you will never know you have artificial teeth in your mouth!
Can everybody get an implant?
Most people can get an implant placed successfully. However for detailed analysis of your bone structure make sure to contact an implantologist. He or she will take x-rays of your jaws and only then can they decide whether you should go for the implant or not.
Is dental implants expensive?
Implants are a tad more costly as compared to the conventional dental treatments used for replacing missing tooth. The bridges and dentures will need constant maintenance to suit your changing bone structure. Implants on the other side, expensive as they may be, are a long term investment since they don’t need replacements. So, in the long run implants score over them.
Should I fear the surgery?
Definitely not. All dental procedures will be done under local anaesthesia. And to avoid post treatment swelling, pain and infection, medications are prescribed. Just follow the post operative instructions carefully.
How long will the surgery last?
It may take anywhere between 45 mins to an hour. But it largely depends on the number of implants you need. Also, long appointments are avoided for medically compromised individuals.
What if I have a compromised bone density or structure?
You may need another surgical procedure in which a bone like material is placed in the areas lacking the width of bone required for an implant. It’s called bone grafting. Once the bone heals, it’s ready for the implant.
When will I get my tooth restored?
Once the implant has fused well with the bone, the artificial tooth can be attached to it. The best estimate will be provided by your implantologist depending on the condition of your bone.
In the meanwhile you may get a temporary set of teeth.
However, if you get an infection due to poor maintenance of oral hygiene it may take months before your teeth are placed over the implant since the implant will not fuse with the bone in such conditions.
How do I take care of my implant?
Like you care for your natural teeth. The regular brushing and flossing will suffice. Don’t forget the regular dental checkups though.
How long will the implant last?
It will definitely outlast any other conventional treatments if taken care of properly.
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Most insurance companies cover the cost partially if not completely. Just ask your insurance provider for the details of your insurance policy.