Are you missing one or more teeth? If so, dental implants may be a good solution for your needs. If you are considering dental implants in North Miami Beach, it’s natural to have questions about what to expect and whether dental implants are the right choice. Below, the Kmart Dental team answers five of your most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
#1: What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is implanted into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants can restore your smile, maintain the shape of your face, restore your ability to properly chew/speak, and prevent remaining teeth from slipping out of position. Most importantly, since dental implants are permanently anchored into the jawbone, they prevent jawbone deterioration.
#2: Why should I choose dental implants over a bridge?
Dental implants and bridges are two common options for replacing a missing tooth. Dental bridges literally “bridge the gap” created by a missing tooth. To create a bridge, our dentist will first file down the teeth on either side of the gap and then use these teeth as anchors for a crown. Unfortunately, bridges are not a permanent solution for missing teeth. In fact, studies show that 30% of all bridges must be replaced within five to seven years. Dental implants are often the best treatment for replacing missing teeth because they are a permanent solution. Rather than using adjacent teeth as anchors, a dental implant is permanently inserted into the jawbone. This protects the jawbone’s integrity and does not require damage to the neighboring teeth.
#3: What is the process for a getting a dental implant?
A dental implant typically requires several dental visits. During the first visit, the titanium implant will be surgically inserted in the jawbone. This implant contains both the titanium root. A metal abutment is sometimes placed at this time and covered with a temporary crown, or the post may be inserted alone and the gums left to heal. Once the implant has surgically fused with the jawbone, patients will return two to six months later to have a permanent crown inserted over the anchor post and abutment.
#4: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Two out of every three adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth due to accident, decay or other damage. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you have lost one or more teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or another reason. If you have sustained jawbone loss, our dentist may be able to safely graft the bone to permanently secure the implant.
#5: Will my insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
Most dental insurance will cover part or all of the cost associated with dental implants. The amount of coverage you receive depends on the type of dental insurance that you currently hold. Our dental team works closely with different insurance companies to ensure patients receive maximum compensation for dental implants in North Miami Beach. Contact our dentist to learn more.