What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal frames surgically fixed into the jawbone, beneath the gums. They are used for people who have lost their teeth for some reason. Artificial teeth can be mounted onto them. A dentist decides if a tooth implant can be performed for you and subsequently, refers you to a periodontist (a dental surgeon) who performs the surgical procedure. Most surgeons prefer to use titanium metal for the implant. Titanium fuses with the living bone of the jaw effectively.

All-on-Four Technique Shorter Treatment Time than Traditional Dental Implant Procedures

The All-on-4 dental implant technique replacing entire arch of missing teeth with only four implants ( All-on-4 ). It is trademark of leading dental implant company Nobel Biocare.

Traditional dental implants treatments require a total of six or more implants. Treatment extending throughout 18 months period. Patients had to live with temporary denture. All-on-4 procedure shortens the treatment time significantly.

The All-on-4 dental implant technique adventage:

- maximum results in the shortest time

- minimal discomfort

- only minor soreness the next day

- most cases, you can return to work the next day.

“Permanent teeth in a day” is another name for All-on-4.

Types of Implants
Dentists offer three basic types of dental implants. These are described below.

Endosteal Implants – This kind of implant involves a surgical procedure done in the jawbone. The implant can be in the form of a screw, blade or cylinder positioned into the jawbone by surgical methods. A subsequent surgery is performed to place a post within the implant. An artificial tooth is fixed to the post. This method is used for individuals with detachable dentures.

Subperiosal Implants – This is a surgical method performed on the jawbone. The metal frame is fixed onto the bone beneath the gum. A post is affixed to the frame and a prosthetic tooth is installed onto the post. This procedure is ideal for patients who cannot put on ordinary dentures or who do not have adequate jawbone height or width.

Immediate Load Implants – This is a relatively new approach of inserting a dental implant. The implant is positioned immediately after a tooth extraction. The artificial tooth is mounted on the implant at the time as well. This procedure is not offered by all periodontists. It is suitable for individuals with a jawbone of sufficient width or height.

Dental Implants before and after

The Advantages of Tooth Implants

Makes chewing easier – The implants work like natural teeth as they are positioned perfectly into the jawbone and allow you to chew your food well. Dentures may not be so perfectly aligned.
Reduces inconvenience – Conventional dentures need to be removed at night for regular cleaning. Implants are permanent structures designed to fuse with the jawbone. You need not inconvenience yourself by having to remove them.
Tough and long-lasting – Implants are more resilient than dentures. They will last for the remainder of your life, if you take good care of them.
Improves speech – People wearing dentures find it a bit awkward to speak as they do not fit perfectly. On the other hand, implants allow you to speak without trouble.
Improves appearance – Since the implants look like your own teeth, they restore your looks and your self esteem, consequently.

Caring for the Implants
You need to clean the implants just as you would clean your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are recommended. You must arrange for periodic visits to your dentist and periodontist after the procedure to monitor the implants.

Insurance Coverage
Inserting dental implants is an expensive procedure. Dental insurance does not cover the surgical expenses. A part of the costs may be covered under a medical insurance plan. This can depend upon the cause of the loss of the teeth. Most insurance plans cover up to 10% of the total surgical cost.

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