A Guide to Dental Implants

If you are missing some teeth or need to get some removed in the future, then you will likely want to get replacements. However, you have several options to choose from, and it can be pretty difficult to make such an important decision. To help you out, here is an overview of one of those options: dental implants.

So what are dental implants?

A dental implant is the most permanent option that you can get as far as replacing a tooth goes. For all intents and purposes, a dental implant is a synthetic tooth that will be virtually indistinguishable from a normal tooth as long as everything goes according to plan. An implant is actually composed of three parts.

  • The first part is the actual implant, which sits deep inside the gum. It is shaped a bit like a screw and attaches to the jawbone. It forms the foundation of the implant and provides a great deal of stability.
  • The second is the abutment, which sits on top of the implant. The abutment creates an interface between the implant and the crown.
  • The final part is the crown, which looks a lot like a regular tooth. Crowns are also commonly used in root canals and other procedures during which large portions of a tooth must be removed. 

How long does the process take?

In general, you need to visit the dentist once for the installation of each part. On your first visit, the implant will be placed in your mouth. On the next visit, the abutment will be added. On your third visit, a custom-made crown will be added. After that, you might have some checkups, but the process is mostly complete.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of implants?

Implants are good if you want a long-lasting replacement for a missing tooth. They are more comfortable than other options since they don't need to be removed and are extremely sturdy. You can also eat pretty much any food you want with implants, while you might not have the same luxury with dentures.

Their primary drawback comes in their high cost. An implant will be quite expensive, and it's not always financially feasible to get more than one or two implants. A big reason for this is that insurance companies will rarely help cover implant procedures, since they are considered to be unnecessary. 

For further information about dental implants, contact a dentist like Dr. Paul Goodman.