Dental implants are made of root-like titanium metal. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone beneath the gums. This is a good solution if you want a permanent teeth replacement compared to having false teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or several teeth. Not only do they look natural, but they also feel natural because they are stable and securely fitted. It is also a healthier alternative to dental bridges because they don’t have to be attached to an adjacent tooth.
Is there a requirement if you are considering having dental implants? Yes, you need to have healthy gums and jaw bone to support the implant. Your dentist will examine the condition of your gums as well as take an x-ray of the area where the implant will be placed.
Types of Implants
1. Endosteal Implants, these are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Another surgery will be done after the gums have healed to attach the posts. To complete, the artificial tooth is connected to the post.
2. Subperiosteal Implants, these are pre-assembled root and posts that are implanted into the jawbone. The post with being exposed when the gum tissues are healed. After that, the artificial tooth will be attached.
One of the considerations you should take is the budget. Dental implants are expensive compared to other tooth replacement methods. On average it can cost at least $3,000 per implant.
After a dental implant procedure, you would also need to practice more stringent oral hygiene. You would need to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You also need to visit the dentist more often for monitoring of your implant and a more thorough cleaning of your teeth. If not cared for properly, your implant could develop into “peri-implantitis” or gum disease involving inflammation of the gums.