For those who are missing a single tooth, an implant and a crown can be used to replace it. A dental implant is used to replace both the lost natural tooth as well as the root. The main aim of dental implant in dentistry is to restore function as well as aesthetics.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants were first invented by Per-Ingvar Brånemark in 1952. Nowadays, they are deemed the standard of care for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth. In essence, a dental implant is a surgical fixture placed into the jawbone. It is allowed to fuse with the jawbone over a few months.
The dental implant will act as replacement for the root of the missing tooth. The artificial tooth root also holds the bridge or replacement tooth in place. A dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest thing that can mimic the natural tooth because it has great stability and can stand on its own without affecting the teeth nearby.
How much will tooth implants cost?
Understandably, cost of tooth implant can vary based on several factors like the region and the dentist performing the procedure. Howeer, tooth implant cost estimate for a single dental implant is around $3, 000 to $4, 500. The cost often includes surgery for the placement of the implant as well as the implant crown.
What are some of the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants have a lot of exceptional advantages compared to other tooth replacement options. For starters, dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth without altering or affecting the adjacent teeth. In addition, since dental implants are integrated into the bone structure, they are very stable and can have the feel and look of natural teeth.
What happens before, during, and after dental implant surgery?
During the consultation as well as the planning stage, the site in the mouth where the dental implant will be placed is visually examined. Dental imaging procedures like X-rays and CT scans may also be required.
The quantity and quality of the jawbone is also assessed to determine if more bone is needed. Once it has been established that a dental implant can be placed in the location desired, surgical procedure for the dental implant will be scheduled.
The first stage of the oral surgery will often involve extraction of the tooth (or teeth). If a solid based for the implant is needed, a bone graft may be performed. The site will be given at least 2 to 6 months to heal.
Once the site is ready for implant and there is enough bone present, the dental implant (titanium post) is placed into the bone. A “healing cap” is placed over the implant and the gum is stitched up. After that, the healing phase begins. For aesthetic purposes, a temporary denture may be placed to replace the missing teeth.
Healing time will depend greatly on the quality of the bone present. Typically, healing time can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months.