Dental implants replace the natural root of your tooth and are used to attach removable replacement teeth that are designed to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth.
Dental implants can improve appearance, speech, and comfort. Dental implants also make eating easier, improve oral health and are convenient and durable. Dental implants will help you get your self-confidence back with a smile that looks natural.
Most dental insurances do not cover dental implants. Some insurances will cover dental implants depending on the cause of the missing tooth. You can speak to you insurance provider about whether they cover dental implants and under what circumstances.
During the first appointment, a titanium post will be implanted into the bone. Then, the patient is given a couple of months to allow for this area to heal. A temporary crown will be given to the patient to wear while they await their custom permanent crown. Then, at a second visit the new crown will be attached to the titanium post.
Most patients report the dental implant procedure as causing very little discomfort. Local anesthetics are used to numb the area and many people say that the procedure is much less painful than a tooth extraction.
You care for dental implants as if they were real teeth. Brushing twice daily and flossing once a day along with regular dental check-ups is all the maintenance you need to do.