|Are Dental Implants for You?|
|Dental implants and artificial replacement teeth are different things. In actual fact, dental implants are the threaded metal cylinders that are used as the roots of absentee teeth. The implant, also called a post or cylinder, is surgically inserted in the jawbone under the gum tissue. |
An abutment, or extension, is fixed on top of the metal cylinder. At the end of the procedure a natural-looking artificial tooth (crown) is fixed to the abutment, forming a three-piece device that completes your smile. A person may have one tooth replaced with dental implant surgery or many.
The predominant part of healthy adults with missing teeth is able to have dental implants. In order to determine if dental implants are a good option for you, you should consult your dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist.
General conditions when dental implants may be right for you:
- You have one or more absentee teeth.
- You have a jawbone that is reached full growth.
- You have an adequate bone to guard the implants, or are able to have a bone grafting procedure.
- You have healthy oral tissue.
- You don't have health conditions that will sow down bone healing.
- You are unable or unwilling to wear dentures.
- You want to improve your speech.
- You are willing to spend several months to the process.
While determining whether dental implants are a good option or you, your financial situation also might be a factor. Dental implants are expensive. Besides, your insurance won’t cover the process. Costs can vary widely, so you might want to consider shopping around.