People are interested in dental implants because they can be used to replace lost teeth. If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, read this FAQ to find answers to the most common questions people have about the process.
What is a tooth implant?
An anchor made of titanium or a titanium alloy is a tooth implant. The anchor is put into the mouth, where it becomes a permanent part of the bone. Once the implant is securely in place in the jaw, a new tooth is put on it.
My body might not accept a tooth implant.
With tooth implants, you don’t have to worry about blood type and tissue matching like you do with soft tissue transplants. Dental implants have a very high success rate, and if you take good care of them, you’re not likely to have any major problems with them.
Am I a candidate for tooth implants?
Dental implants are most likely to work for people who are in good health and have enough jaw bone. There aren’t many things that would keep someone from getting tooth implants. Talk to your dentist about getting dental implants if you are missing one or more teeth. Even if you’ve lost bone, which can happen if you have gingivitis or if you’ve been missing a tooth for a long time, bone grafts can be put in the jaw. Bone grafts are simple and don’t hurt much.
How does the process work?
Most of the time, there are three steps to getting a tooth implant. In the first step, the anchor is put in. The anchor is left in place for three to six months while osseointegration makes it a permanent part of your mouth. The second step is to put a post on the implant. The third step starts 2–6 weeks later and involves making replacement teeth and putting them on the posts. All three steps are outpatient treatments that take place in the dentist’s office.
Does it hurt when they do it?
During the surgery parts of the process, an anesthetic will be used. During healing, you will be given painkillers to use. Most people say they only feel a little bit of pain.
Will I still be able to eat?
After part one of the procedure, you will be asked to eat a special, easier-to-digest diet for the first few weeks. Most of the time, you will be able to use your dentures or artificial teeth until the implants are finished. Once your implants and new teeth are finished, they will work just like your normal teeth.
Will my insurance cover implants for my teeth?
This depends on the health plan you have. Many dentistry plans do cover surgical implants, at least partially. If your implants are a medical requirement, they may be covered by your medical plan even if they are not covered by your dental plan.
How long will my new teeth stay in place?
If you take care of your teeth and go to the dentist regularly, your implants should last the rest of your life. Remember that once the implant and crown are in place and finished, it will look and feel just like a normal tooth. As long as you take care of it like you would your own teeth, it will last forever.
How do I take care of my new teeth?
Like your natural teeth, the best way to take care of your implants is to brush and floss them well and have regular checks. Home care of your dental implants does not require any special devices or goods.
Will my implants look like my real teeth?
Absolutely! Your implants will look and feel just like your natural teeth. Dental implants are the best way to repair missing teeth because they look good and work well.