Permanent teeth can be lost for many reasons, from traumatic injury to decay or gum disease. Facing tooth loss, no matter what the cause, can lead to uncertainty and embarrassment. Thanks to modern dental technologies, there are several options to replace missing teeth, but it can be confusing to sort out which treatment is the best one for you. Dental implants are one of the most commonly chosen tooth replacement options due to their many benefits and potential to last a lifetime. Here, Dr. Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL explains everything you need to know about dental implants.

Overview of dental implants

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacement among dentists and patients alike. While other types of tooth replacement options involve affixing the false tooth above the gum line to other structures in the mouth, such as other teeth or using natural suction from your gums, a dental implant becomes a part of your jaw bone over time to provide unparalleled strength and durability.

What is Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a done to replace a missing tooth. The implant works like a new tooth root, which is made from a sturdy material such as titanium or zirconia. When the implant heals, a crown (cap) is placed on top of the implant to mimic the look and function of your natural teeth. Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option and can last a lifetime.

Can Dental Implant Cause Cancer?

A recent study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Research examined oral cancer surrounding dental implants and did not find any direct link between dental implants and oral cancer. Patients who are concerned about the use of titanium or other metals in their dental implant can consider non-metal options such as zirconia, a biocompatible material.

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What to expect during the dental implant procedure

Any type of dental treatment can provoke fear and anxiety in patients, but rest assured that the dental implant process is straightforward and the specialists we work with take all measures possible to ensure that you are comfortable before, during, and after the procedure.

Can Dental Implant be Done in a Day?

Yes! Traditionally, dentists have waited to place a crown on top of the implant until it fully heals, leaving patients waiting for months for their tooth replacement. However, with the latest technology, a temporary crown can often be fitted and placed on the same day as your surgery so you can leave the office with a tooth in place.

Is the Dental Implant Procedure Painful?

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Dental implant surgery sounds painful, but in fact, it is typically an easier procedure than getting a tooth taken out! Anesthesia is used so that you are comfortable and do not feel any pain. There are few pain-sensing nerves located in the bone where the implant is added. The dentist will recommend pain-relieving options should you need them.

Cost of dental implants

We understand that cost is a factor in all dental treatment decisions, and offer multiple payment options to make your dental care fit into your budget.

What is Dental Implant Cost?

There are many factors that go into the cost of a dental implant, including the health of your jawbone, size of the implant, type of implant and artificial tooth, and number of implants needed. While dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options, they are comfortable, highly functional, and can last your whole life. In the end, implants can be the most economical tooth replacement due to how long they can last verses other options.

Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?

It depends on your insurance coverage, whether you are using medical or dental insurance, and the reason for getting the implant. Often, the implant placement is not covered, but your insurance may pay for a portion of the crown that is placed on top. Many patients find the benefits that an implant provides to be worth the financial investment.

Learn more in a consultation at Pleasant Dental®

If you are missing one or more teeth or have been told that a tooth needs to be extracted, Dr. Dietrich is here to talk with you about your tooth replacement options. If you are not a good candidate for a dental implant, then he can offer other recommendations based on your individual oral health and preferences.

Call Pleasant Dental®, conveniently located in Dolton, IL, at (708) 576-1900 to schedule your consultation today!


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