Tooth loss results in difficulty eating, speaking, and likely a reluctance to smile your fullest. Dental implants in Rancho Bernardo are the only comprehensive tooth replacement option available today. What are dental implants? And how long do dental implants last? Dr. Pegah Salami answers your questions about implant dentistry.
Q: What Are Dental Implants?
Dr. Salami: Dental implants are tiny cylinders that we use to replace your tooth’s root. They’re made of titanium, a material that fuses with bone for unsurpassed stability in the jaw. Used in single and multiple tooth replacement, dental implants can secure a denture, bridge, or crown.
Q: What’s the Procedure for Dental Implants?
Dr. Salami: The entire procedure for dental implants takes up to a year to complete. Why do they take so long? Because the process known as osseointegration — in which the implant and bone fuse together — takes from four to eight months. A temporary tooth replacement is worn during this time. Once the dental implants have become one with the body, the permanent tooth replacement is attached on top using special abutments.
Q: What Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dr. Salami: As dental implants become more common, their coverage under insurance plans is expanding. Contact your insurance company to find out if you can receive a discount on your dental implants. If you’re concerned about the cost of your dental implants, know that most patients who have chosen implants to replace their missing teeth agree it’s worth its investment… and then some. The benefits of dental implants are many, and they include the following:
Restored ability to eat what you like, and to speak and smile with confidence
No need to use messy, bothersome denture creams for a stable fit
Dental implants keep your jawbone strong to promote better oral health
In eligible patients, dental implants have a 95 percent success rate
And because dental implants keep the jawbone healthy, the prosthetic device that it secures will rarely require refitting. Non-implant supported replacements, however, may need frequent adjustments to keep up with the mouth’s changing shape.
Q: Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Salami: Contact our dental group to learn more about your candidacy for dental implants. Patients should have adequate existing jawbone prior to implantation. If the jawbone is weak or has significantly degenerated due to bone loss, bone augmentation (like sinus lift or bone graft) may make dental implants an option. Patients should also be able to recover from invasive surgery to be eligible for traditional dental implants.
Would you like to discuss your tooth replacement with dental implants? Contact your dentist in Rancho Bernardo to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options. You deserve to enjoy a complete smile once again!