If you are discussing the possibility of getting dental implants, there are a few things to consider. Many dentists are now recommending implants because they are the safest, most secure way to replace a tooth. The titanium screw used in the implant acts as a root to hold your tooth in place and also helps the jaw bone to develop and reduce bone loss. The fixture is permanent and does not require you to remove or clean it any different from your natural teeth. For these and many other reasons dental implants are becoming the go-to solution for tooth loss. Here are a few important (and fun) facts about the procedure:
Implants are extremely secure and are as close as you can get to having a natural tooth. We will be using a titanium screw to position the tooth and a post to hold the crown, but ultimately all you will see of the implant is the crown. The crown is designed to look, feel, and act like your natural teeth and after a while most people even forget that they have dental implants at all. Since you have to clean the implant exactly the same way as you would the teeth around it, it becomes easy just to treat it like a normal tooth.
Dental implants have been around for a very long time. In ancient Mayan culture, from circa 600AD, the women would have shells hammered into their gums to simulate teeth. Luckily for us modern medicine has done away with the hammering and even the shells for a much more humane way to replace missing teeth. It is important to remember, however, that implant dentistry is, in fact, a surgery and does come with a few risks associated with any surgery. Taking the proper amount of time to heal, following the dentist’s instructions, and managing any pain or discomfort you might have are also important steps in a successful dental implant surgery.
Getting dental implants are not cheap. Based on the rapidly fading notion that dental implants are purely for cosmetic value they have been highly priced for many years. As more insurance companies begin to realize the long term savings potential, many more of them are willing to pay for dental implants. Some companies will do it by offering an allowance, used typically for traditional dentures or a bridge, and others will directly pay for the implants. However, the majority of patients find themselves having to pay for the procedure themselves. Having a clear understanding of the cost and various payment options is critical when deciding to get implants.
Over 65% of Americans between the ages of 33 and 45 have lost at least one tooth and could benefit from dental implants. When you consider senior citizens over the age of 74, studies have found that 25% of them have lost all of their natural teeth. With a 98% success rate, implant dentistry is going to continue to get better, to grow, and to become part of everyday treatment options available to you.
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