Dental implants are often the best solution for tooth loss. The procedure involves inserting an artificial root attached to a crown to create a permanent solution for missing or damaged teeth. Once replaced, you must maintain the new tooth through proper cleaning and regular visits to the dentist.
- Dental implants provide several cosmetic and functional benefits but differ in many ways from natural teeth.
- Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth but require special care during your annual dental cleanings.
- Dental implants are naturally stain-resistant and can be properly maintained with regular brushing and flossing.
- Dental implants can sustain about 80-90% of the bite pressure of regular teeth, and as such are suspect able to chipping just like natural teeth.
- You should be sure to keep up with your twice-yearly dental checkups to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.
Top Reasons You Might Need Dental Implants?
Most people see a missing tooth as a cosmetic problem, especially when it is in a prominent or noticeable position. However, even when gaps are less noticeable,they can negatively impact your oral health.
Dental implants are the preferred choice in many situations because of their longevity and ability to create a new artificial tooth that looks and feels like your natural teeth. Beyond the cosmetic benefits, here are a few of the primary benefits of dental implants:
- Restoring your smile
- The ability to eat comfortably
- You can speak with confidence
- Can last the remainder of your life
- Supports remaining teeth
- Can improve your oral health
Aside from the obvious cosmetic benefits, dental implants provide numerous other benefits that deliver a lifetime of increased function and lower maintenance as compared to dentures.
How Dental Implants Differ from Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants are often the preferred solution because they look and feel like your natural teeth. They look so real others often cannot tell the difference between the natural teeth and the implant.
Despite their similar appearance, implants have different cleaning needs. Receiving an implant involves inserting a titanium post into the jawbone to serve as the new artificial root. Once it fuses with the bone, Dr. Hogan attaches an abutment, connecting the post to the new tooth (crown), holding it firmly in place.
Although the jawbone fuses with the titanium post, it attaches to the gums and bone differently from your natural teeth. It does not connect to the bony socket like biological roots, making it more prone to infection.
Due to these differences, the hygienist must use tools made from resins or plastic to clean the tooth rather than traditional metal instruments. This unique process prevents damage to the crown. Even minor scratches on the artificial tooth can allow bacteria to grow and lead to infection.
After the dental implant procedure, it is vital to properly care for your teeth, regularly visit your dentist, and receive bi-annual cleanings. The proper care and maintenance of dental implants is critical to ensuring they last a lifetime.
Will my dentist put me to sleep for my dental implant procedure?
In most cases, the dentist will use local anesthesia, but Dr. Hogan offers sedation under the direction of an anesthesiologist for those who have a low pain tolerance or prefer to undergo the procedure under a light general anesthetic.
Are Dental 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.
How much does a single dental implant cost in 2022?
The cost of a single dental implant can range from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on several different factors. The price of the dental implant includes the surgical and anesthesia costs, the implant post, a custom abutment, a porcelain implant crown, and all dental lab costs.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
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.
Are dental implants worth it?
Dental implants provide more than just an aesthetic outcome from tooth loss. Dental implants support the adjacent teeth, supporting a healthy bite. Implants also decrease bone loss, preserving the underlying jawbone and further preserving facial aesthetics.
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.