Implants are metallic elements that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gums. Once implanted in the selected place, the dentist can place on them crowns or fixed bridges to replace missing teeth.
How dental implants work?
Because implants fuse with the jawbone, integration is providing a stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants will not slip or shift in your mouth, which is particularly important for chewing and speech advantage. This adaptation helps the dentures and bridges (as well as individual crowns placed over implants) is more natural than conventional feel.
For some people, ordinary dentures are uncomfortable due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to the teeth on either side of the empty space. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to hold a replacement tooth.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. The patient must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of dental implants over time.
The implants are more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance companies will not cover them.
The American Dental Association considers two types of implants insurance:
- Endosseous implants are surgically implanted-directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding tissue has healed, it requires a second surgery to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial (or several) on the pole tooth is placed. The teeth will be individual, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
- Subperiosteal implant – these consist of a metal frame that is placed in the jawbone just below the gum line. With the healing of the gums, the mount is attached to the jawbone. The posts, which are placed in the frame, protrude through the gums. As with the endosteal implants, artificial teeth are mounted to the posts.
How long will the implants?
Usually between 10 and 20 years, depending on your location and the patient’s behavior regarding oral hygiene and dental visits.