There are several types and applications of tooth implants. Traditional dental implants are artificial roots and teeth which are surgically attached to the jaw to secure the tooth implant. Implantation offers a more fixed solution to dentures and last longer than dental bridges. We’ll work with you to help you understand the difference and present the best option for your need.
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The implant dentistry procedure requires a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once the anesthesia has worn off after the procedure, you will likely experience some mild discomfort for a few days. This pain should be manageable and slowly subside. Other side effects may include bruising of the skin and gums, pain at the implant site and minor bleeding.
While dental bridges and dental implants are both effective ways to replace missing teeth, there are pros and cons to each procedure. While a tooth bridge involves two crowns on the adjacent teeth, a dental implant only repairs the missing or damaged tooth. In general a dental bridge procedure costs less than a dental implant.
Dental implants are a good option when you only require one or two false teeth. Implants generally involve drilling support into the jaw which will support your false teeth. On the other hand, partial dentures are the best option when the gums or jaw are not healthy enough to support a dental implant and full dentures may be required if most or all teeth are missing.
The cost of dental implant procedure varies based on your particular needs, but the average cost of dental implants range between $3,000-$4,500 per tooth implant. While this cost is higher than cheaper options such as dental bridges or dentures, they are typically a more permanent solution which could save money in the long term.
In general, most dental insurance plans will not cover the full cost of a dental implant. Most dental insurance plans only cover the cheaper price alternative treatment option, which is typically veneers or dentures, and some of the tooth extraction and diagnostic records costs. Talk to your dentist for various quotes and for help choosing the best option for you.
For the most part, your dental implant can be cared for in the same way you care for your other teeth. Regular brushing and teeth cleaning will help keep your tooth implant clean. You will also need to keep an eye on any signs of degradation, which will happen eventually over time.
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