More Dental Implant FAQ
St. George, UT
Dental implants are a restoration technique used by dentists and oral surgeons to provide you normal looks and functioning after you lose teeth. Though these are the preferred option by many of our patients, you may be unsure of exactly what they are. Before deciding to get dental implants, it is important to know about qualifications, construction, and their characteristics. At Precision Dental Specialties, we can give you all of the detailed information you need about dental implants.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants have many benefits, but, unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for them. Regarding age, it is recommended to wait for dental implants until the facial structure is fully developed, between sixteen and eighteen years old. You must have good overall and oral health in order to get dental implants. This helps to prevent infection from the surgery and also increases the chances of a successful outcome. Your jawbone and gums should be strong enough to support the implants and you should not have any major oral diseases, such as periodontitis.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
All dental implants are made with titanium, which may be a concern to people with metal allergies. Unfortunately, there are no dental implants that are completely metal-free. That said, sensitivity and allergies to titanium are incredibly rare. This material is also very biocompatible, meaning your tissues will not reject it. The false teeth (bridges, crowns, etc.) placed over the implant can be made of many different materials, such as porcelain, glass, composite resin, and various types of metal.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are placed once our oral surgeon is confident that your jaw and gums can support them. You may need to have bone grafts, sinus augmentation, or ridge modification to create a better base for the implants. Once this is done, and the area is healed, you will receive your dental implants. An incision is made, and bone may need to be cut or reshaped to allow for a space for the implant. The implant is placed and left to heal for several months so that it can fuse with your bone. Once this is complete, our oral surgeon can place the crown, dentures, or bridge with either clips or permanent dental cement.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular dental restoration technique for many reasons. They improve your overall oral health by providing structure. It is also easier to clean in between the individual false teeth you get with implants versus permanently placed crowns or bridges. These are also subtle and look natural. People appreciate the fact that dental implants restore full function as well. Dental implants are very durable and will last between ten and fifteen years.
However, dental implants can be quite expensive compared to other dental procedures and many insurance companies do not cover dental implants. These are also the most invasive restoration technique since it requires that structures are placed within your bone and gum, rather than just being cemented to the adjacent teeth. Call Precision Dental Specialties at 435-522-5629 for more information on dental implants.