Missing or damaged teeth can affect not only your confidence in your smile but also your ability to talk, chew, and your overall oral health. Dental implants are a fantastic way to enhance your smile and regain your self-confidence as well as restore function to your teeth. If you’re considering dental implants, here’s what you should know about the procedure, cost, and benefits of dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a replacement for natural teeth that are missing or damaged. They are made of titanium and are placed in the jawbone where they fuse with the bone and act as a new root for the tooth. The implant is then topped with a porcelain crown that looks like a natural tooth. Dental implants are strong and durable, and they can last a lifetime with proper care. They also provide support to neighboring teeth and your jaw bone.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great way to improve your smile and confidence. In addition, dental implants can also restore function and improve oral health. Here are some of the benefits of dental implants:
- Replace missing or damaged teeth
- Prevent jaw bone loss
- Restore stability to your teeth
- Regain chewing function
- Improved speech
- Natural-looking and long-lasting
- Prevent change in face shape
Types Of Dental Implants
There are four types of dental implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, zygomatic, and alloplastic. Endosteal implants are the most common type of implant, and they are placed in the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on top of the jawbone. Zygomatic implants are placed in the cheekbone. Dental implants can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. If you have no teeth, you may need a full-mouth implant.
How Long Does The Process Take?
The process can take a few weeks but it is worth it in the end. First, you will need to have a consultation with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, then the next step is to have the implant placed. After the dental implant is placed, bone growth around the implant will begin to occur within 2 to 6 months. After the dental implant process, it’s important to brush your teeth thoroughly and floss daily, as well as see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
The Cost Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a significant investment, but they offer a number of advantages over other teeth replacement options and can last a lifetime with proper care. The cost of dental implants varies depending on the number of implants and the complexity of the dental work needed, as well as who is performing the dental work. In general dental implants cost between $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth.
Questions About Dental Implants?
If you’re considering improving your smile with dental implants, The Smile Architects can determine if you are a candidate and help you understand your options. Contact us today at 704-875-1621 or request an appointment online.