What is a Dental Implant and What is it Used for?

Introduction

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that look, function, and feel like your natural teeth. Dentists use dental implantsto replace one or more damaged teeth when the supporting root is insufficient for other techniques. Dental implant surgeryis used to support partial or complete arch restorations, replacing one or multiple teeth to restore your smile and provide improved function.

Key Takeaways

  • Dental implant surgery is a procedure dentists use to replace a missing tooth and is frequently relied on for better dental health and cosmetic reasons.
  • Dental implants require minor dental surgery and are usually considered a cosmetic dental procedure.
  • Because dental implants are usually classified as a cosmetic procedure, the cost of dental implants may not be fully covered by your dental insurance plan.
  • While dental implants are generally more expensive than other techniques used to replace missing or broken teeth, implants last longer and provide better function.
  • Dental implants also promote the growth of the underlying bone, preventing further bone loss and improving facial aesthetics.
What is a Dental Implant and What is it Used for?

The Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery involves two steps. The first is to insert a titanium screw that serves as the root to hold the new artificial tooth in place. The second is to create a ceramic crown that will act, look, and feel like the natural tooth it is replacing.

The Types of Dental Implants

The type of implant the dentist chooses will be based on your specific needs and the current state of your oral health. A single dental implant involves an incision and the implantation of the titanium screw, followed by a second procedure to install the new tooth. The first procedure takes about an hour to complete.

About One Day Dental Implants

It is possible to complete multiple implants during one procedure, although the process will take longer. Completing all your work at once is convenient and avoids multiple office visits.

Implants also come in different shapes, sizes, and textures, allowing the dentist to customize the tooth. Implants can replace a broken tooth, replace a missing tooth, or change the look of your smile.

Where to Learn More About Dental Implants

Due to the customization options that match the shape and look of your mouth, it is essential to work with a dentist that will take time to find the right dental implant and the best procedure for your needs.

At Smiles by Hogan, the first consultation is always free. We take the time necessary to understand what you want to achieve and discuss your options in detail. Once you are comfortable with the recommended procedure and type of implant chosen, you will be ready to move forward.

Dental implant surgery can increase self-confidence and leave you with new, strong teeth and a healthier and more confident smile.

Call for an Appointment

If you are ready to explore dental implant treatment, call today for a free consultation. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.

He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC area.

 

FAQs

  • How long do teeth implants last?

    Dental implants, like your natural teeth, require routine oral care like brushing and flossing daily and overall good dental hygiene.  With proper care and maintenance, dental implants typically last 25 years or longer.

  • Are implants as strong as real teeth?

    Advances in dental implants and the components and materials used in dental implants continue to improve the strength and durability of this popular tooth replacement option.  In general, the bite strength of a dental implant is roughly 80-90% of the strength of your natural teeth, allowing patients to the return of their normal biting and chewing function.

  • Will my insurance cover a tooth implant?

    Dental implants are considered an elective, cosmetic dental procedure, and therefore, are not covered under most dental or medical insurance plans.  However, some dental plans may cover some portion of the procedure such as a tooth extraction or a portion of the cost of a dental bridge when an implant is used to support the bridge.

  • What is the alternative to dental implants?

    Dental implants are one of the most popular options for replacing one or more missing teeth.  In addition to implants, full or partial, fixed or removable bridges are a common treatment used to replace missing teeth between adjacent healthy teeth.

Call for an Appointment

If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.

He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.

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