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What are Dental Implants

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What are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are the foundation of replaced teeth. They ensure the new tooth or teeth are securely in place, while promoting bone health. Contrary to dentures, implants are permanent fixtures in the mouth, can improve speech, and facilitate eating. Once attached, dental implants look and function similarly to your natural teeth without affecting any of the other teeth in your mouth.  

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A form of restorative dentistry, dental implants help maintain the health of your gums and teeth. The procedure typically involves the placement of a “post” or “screw” into the bone socket where the tooth is missing. After your gums have healed, a crown or tooth cap that matches your natural smile will be attached to the post.  

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

In general, most patients with healthy gums can get dental implants. Speak to your dentist to learn if you can be a candidate for dental implants. Alternative dental restoration options are available and may be a better fit for you depending on your oral health needs. Factors your dentist may consider when determining if dental implants are right for you include: • Your overall health • Your preference • Location of where the implant is to be placed • Quality of your jawbone • Cost

Paying for Dental Implants 

Costs for implants range anywhere between $3000 to $4500, per tooth. Insurance may cover part of the cost, and can help make the procedure more affordable. Speak to your medical insurance provider to learn more.   

Caring for Dental Implants 

With a 98% success rate, dental implants can be a good option for those looking to fix the appearance of their smile while preserving their oral health. With a thorough oral care routine, implants can last a lifetime. Ensuring gums remain healthy is key for implant success, and removing any leftover plaque and food debris with an electric toothbrush can help.  

Be sure to round out your oral hygiene routine of brushing twice and flossing once daily with a gum care mouthwash. The rinse can help remove additional plaque so your smile can stay healthy, longer.

Sources:  https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants#1  https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implants/what-are-dental-implants/  https://www.medicinenet.com/dental_implants/article.htm