Dental implants are long-lasting solutions for missing teeth. They are placed into the jaw bone and serve as permanent “roots” for fabricated teeth. Implants do not come loose once placed. Each implant consists of a titanium anchor/post and a dental crown that caps it. A single dental implant typically costs $1,000-$3,000 and can last a lifetime with proper care. They provide stability for the jaw bone, won’t shift or slip, and are unable to be distinguished from natural teeth.
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About the Procedure
Dental implants are screw-like cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. They are titanium anchors that have protruding posts that fabricated teeth can be placed into. The procedure typically involves two appointments. In the first, the anchors are surgically inserted in the jaw. Then, the patient needs to heal for 2-6 months. During this time, the titanium anchor fuses with the natural bone tissue that surrounds it, creating a tight and natural mount for a dental crown. Temporary teeth options are available to conceal the implants as they heal over. In the second appointment, the dental implants are exposed, and then, necessary tooth extensions are attached. These can include temporary healing caps, abutments, and a variety of connecting devices that can accommodate multiple crowns or bridges. Dental crowns tightly snap onto the titanium posts that protrude through the gums. Dental implants are very durable and can last a lifetime when properly cared for. The average cost for a single dental implant is $1,000-$3,000.
The goal of a dental implant is to create an artificial tooth root that provides a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth.
What to Expect
Dental implants are long-lasting solutions for missing teeth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after dental implants.
- X-rays and models of the teeth and mouth
During Treatment: First Appointment
- Anchors are surgically inserted in the jaw
- Patient needs to heal for 2-6 months while anchor fuses with the natural bone tissue
- Temporary teeth options are available to conceal implants
Recovery will be most important after the first portion of the dental implant procedure which places the titanium screws within the jaw bone. Bending, lifting, or strenuous activity will result in increased bleeding, swelling, and pain. Limit activity and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 3-4 days postoperatively.
The ideal candidate for dental implants is missing one or more teeth, has failing teeth or chronic dental problems, and has good overall oral health as well as good gum health with no signs of gum disease or periodontal disease.
Not Recommended For
Dental implants are not recommended for young people whose jawbones have not stopped growing or people who have received high-dose radiation treatment of the head or neck.
Side effects from dental implants may include discomfort lasting as long as 2 weeks, bleeding, swelling, and bruising on the face and neck. Pain in the cheeks, chin, nose, and eyes will gradually subside.