If you have always taken great care of your teeth, you might not have given much thought to prosthodontics like dentures and dental implants. Many patients do not even think about these options until they need them. There are many ways to lose teeth besides poor oral hygiene – a forceful impact could knock a permanent tooth out and require treatment. Here is the essential information every patient should know about implants.
How Implants Work
A dental implant is used to take the place of a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. Your oral surgeon places a titanium post into the jaw bone that can then be covered with a cap or crown that looks like a real tooth. The titanium post reinforces the jaw bone similar to the way your tooth roots do, preventing deterioration. You then care for the implant tooth the same way you care for your natural teeth. With proper care and checkups, implants can last for several decades. Some insurance plans may partially cover an implant procedure, but you will need to talk to your dentist and your insurance company about pricing. Although more expensive than bridges or dentures, implants have a 95 percent success rate and are a great permanent option.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing multiple teeth and require dentures, consider All-On-4® dental implants. This procedure involves placing four titanium posts into the jaw that can then hold an entire arch of teeth in place. Unlike traditional dentures, these are permanently in place and do not require removal at night.
Talk to Your Dentist Today
Dental implants and All-On-4 are permanent options that help you to speak normally and eat your favorite foods the same way you could with your natural teeth. These options are not for everyone, so it is important to talk to your dentist to see if you are a candidate. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tana Busch or Dr. Kevin Deutsch by contacting our office today.