In most cases, anyone who is receiving a dental extraction or healthy enough for oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and be consistent in their dental check-ups. People who smoke, or have chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
One article, by Ofilada, stated that, “Diabetics have been said to suffer greater bone resorption than nondiabetics.” This will lead to the need for greater relining of dentures than nondiabetics. He also stated that the presence of oral pathologies that would normally need surgical correction go unnoticed and that if surgery is performed and new dentures are fabricated, complications such as infection or inability to eat during the postoperative and adjustment period can lead to poor nourishment. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist and get evaluated. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist and get evaluated.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Does Insurance Cover Implants?
Typically implants are not covered by insurance. However, check your policy as it may be possible, depending on the cause of tooth loss.
What is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan is developed by oral surgery specialists that can assess which implant is best for you. Following the initial consult, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, securing it permanently to the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.
Once the implant has successfully bonded, an abutment is attached to the post to secure the new tooth. Your dentist then makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite. The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. This replacement tooth or teeth are known as a crown.
Your dentist will ensure that your implants match the color of the rest of your mouth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth feel just like your natural teeth.
Are they painful?
For most people, dental implants are less painful than other dental procedures, such as a tooth extraction. Most report very little discomfort, especially if a local anesthetic is used.
Dental implants have a high success rate, typically around 98%. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
According to a cross-sectional survey of 370 outpatients at the Department of Veteran Affairs, “functionally edentulous patients were at a significantly greater risk for noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) than obese.” The article states that trends have shown that completely edentulous people without rehabilitation tend to avoid protein, fiber, fresh fruits, and vegetables in favor of softer foods rich in carbohydrates and saturated fats. Thomas Cleary, the lead of the study, also stated that it was beyond the scope of the study to assess the effect of dental restorative status or the duration of NIDDM.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
•Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
•Comfort: Because they become a part of your anatomy, they do not generate discomfort like removable dentures.
•Durability: Implants are sturdy and can last several years. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
•Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, as they are fused your bone and become permanent.
•Speech: Unlike poor-fitting dentures, which can cause the teeth to slip within the mouth causing slurring and mumbling, dental implants ensure that you can speak without your teeth “slipping”.
•Improved eating: Dental implants do not slide, allowing you an enjoyable eating experience.
•Improved oral health: Dental implants do not require reducing other teeth, like dental bridges do. Dental implants leave more of your own teeth intact, improving long-term oral care.
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