Dental Implants

While oral hygiene has drastically improved over the yInvisalignears, millions of Americans still suffer from tooth loss caused by a variety of problems. Tooth decay, gingivitis, or other oral health issues can lead to tooth loss. Luckily, as oral hygiene improves, so does our answer for tooth loss. Building on the dentures and bridges of the past, dental implants can now treat people with missing teeth.

Dental implants are the foundation for replacement teeth. They’re metal posts or frames that surgically added to the jawbone, allowing dentists to properly affix replacement teeth. Once in place, dental implants provide stability for replacement teeth and ensure that replacement teeth don’t slide or shift in the mouth. This stability makes eating and speaking easier. Implants are also extremely durable and convenient. Unlike other types of replacement teeth, implants don’t require any manipulation of neighboring teeth.

Getting Dental Implants

Unfortunately, dental implants aren’t for everyone. Healthy gums and adequate bone density are required for implants. The structures require good upkeep. Regular dentist visits and good at-home oral hygiene are important.

Compared to other methods of replacement teeth, implants cost more. Additionally, insurance rarely cover all of the cost. Typically, insurance covers around 10 percent of implants. However, implants do have a success rate of 98 percent and have the potential to last a lifetime, so to many, the price is substantiated.

Implants also have the potential to look extremely natural. After the implant is secured to the jawbone, a replacement tooth (or teeth) is installed. This replacement tooth could be a denture, crown, or bridge. Luckily, these replacement options come with options and can generally be matched to the natural tooth color.

All in all, while implants may be an expensive option, they look and feel the most natural. If you have missing teeth, contact Tower Dental Associates  in Gainesville to find out if implants are right for you.