Things To Consider Before Getting Dental Implants

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Your periodontist may suggest getting dental implants if your teeth have extensive decay or as a replacement for broken teeth. Although mild forms of gum disease called gingivitis can be controlled by keeping your mouth clean, you should see a dentist for advanced gum disease. When getting dental implants, understandably, there will be so many questions running through your mind. So your periodontist should be your first point of call and not the internet. It is also best to have the questions beforehand, and you can write them, so you do not forget. Here are some questions you can ask at your next appointment.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are surgical components that contact the skull or bone of the jaw to anchor a prosthesis such as a crown or a denture. Dental implants are made of titanium. They are secured into your jawbone and replicate the root section of your tooth. Before a dental implant is fitted, your dentist will examine your jaws to make sure they are strong enough to hold your implants.

How long will the implants last?

Dental Implants are supposed to be a lasting solution to your gum disease or broken tooth. They are designed to last for 20-30 years, but it will depend on how well you care for them by maintaining good oral hygiene. Factors that can affect the lifespan of your implants include injury, medical conditions, lifestyle choices such as excessive smoking and drinking etc. So, look after your implants like you would your natural teeth.

How much will you spend on your dental implants?

Your dental implant costs depend on your location, extent of gum damage, insurance, etc.

If you are researching the price of dental implants, a single implant can range from $1,500 to $6,000. On the other hand, multiple teeth implants can cost from $1,500 to $50,000. A single tooth implant can cost about $1,000 to $4,000. The abutment and the crown add $500 to $5,000. In total, you will typically pay between $1,500 and $6,000. If you are not covered by insurance, expect to spend a lot higher than the estimated costs. Multiple teeth implants can cost between $1,500 and $50,000. The overall price depends on the specific case, your dentist, and your location. 

If your dentist replaces two to four teeth with high-quality implants, the procedure can cost $6,000 to $12,000. Your dentist may recommend multiple tooth implants when your healthy teeth are next to the replacement area. The quantity of implants you get depends on the number of missing teeth and the area of affected teeth. There are cases whereby individual implants may not be required if the teeth are adjacent to one another. The cost for full mouth implants can total $34,000. They last long and are secure because they do not require the use of adhesives. If you have numerous missing teeth in a row, you should get this type of implant. But do not decide without talking to your dentist. This procedure is expensive because your teeth will have to be removed before implants.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you have one or multiple missing teeth and are fed up with dentures or bridges, then you should see a periodontist about getting dental implants. To qualify for dental implants, you need to be in good oral health with healthy gum tissues. You will also need to have a strong jaw density to support and secure the implant. If there isn’t enough bone or you suffer bone loss, you will need bone reconstruction or bone grafting before any dental implant procedure. You may also need to quit bad habits like excessive smoking. In addition, chronic conditions like leukemia may interfere with healing after surgery. 

What is the dental implant process?

Your periodontist will walk you through the dental implant surgery to put you at ease. How the procedure will be performed is based on jawbone condition and structure and the type of implants. Your dentist will also explain the risks, some of which include injury to blood vessels, nerve damage, and sinus problems. Before your surgery, you will have a dental exam(the exam can involve a dental x-ray, teeth and jaw models, etc.). 

During surgery, anesthesia options may include sedation, general anesthesia, or local anesthesia. Your dentist will instruct you on eating and drinking before and after surgery, depending on the type of anesthesia you choose. Suppose you decide to go with general anesthesia or sedation. In that case, you need to make arrangements for someone to take you home after the surgery. Dental implant surgery is complex and has multiple stages with healing time in between procedures. The surgery includes steps like Dental implant placement, bone growth and healing, and abutment placement. The entire process can take months to finish.

What to expect after dental implant surgery

Dental implant surgery can take a toll on your body because of how lengthy and painful recovery is. After your surgery, you need to take some time off to heal and rest. As a result, you may experience discomfort like bruising of your gums and skin, minor gum bleeding, swelling of your face and gums, and sometimes pain at the implant area. Your periodontist will give you antibiotics and medication but report to the hospital immediately if the pain worsens. And if your pain meds are not helping, speak to your dentist so they can prescribe something more potent. 

Also, try eating soft foods after your procedure to not cause any bleeding in your gums. Always follow your dentist’s instructions religiously. Your dental specialist may advise you to avoid brushing or using mouthwash for some time because of the sensitivity of your gum area. Another helpful tip is to apply ice to your face so the swelling can reduce. Overall take it easy and go to all your follow-up appointments so you can have a fast recovery.

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