Oral Health Alternatives
Tooth decay can strike at any age. Despite average dental care and fluoridated water, permanent molar and enamel decay is a normal occurrence. The typical solution to these kinds of problems has been to attain a bridge. Over time, however, these kinds of oral devices are likely to need replacing one or more times.
Bridges and similar devices can cause problems for regular oral cleaning. Flossing, removing plaque under the bridge, and reaching existing crowns can prove to be extremely difficult. Because of the difficulty, severe periodontal infections are more likely to occur. The latest restoration techniques now in wide use eliminate these kinds of problems. The implants, posts and individual crowns that are used in dental implants are a perfect solution to the problems related with traditional bridges. It is a long-term solution that makes maintaining oral health much easier.
Free To Smile
The implants themselves, the vast experience of doctors like Dr. De Andrade working with them, and higher-quality materials have added to the history of this trusted option. Patients find it easier to renew their commitment to oral health due to the ease with which this kind of dental work can be maintained. The implants are just like natural teeth, and all that is needed to keep them or really their natural tooth neighbors free of plaque and damage are the conventional measures of flossing and brushing. For anyone that is facing tooth loss, there is really no better option for restoring their oral health.
A Practical Procedure
The procedure for installing the implant is very simple. A titanium screw is used to secure the implant into the underlying supporting bone. Under local anesthesia, the process can be done in less than an hour. A fake tooth called an abutment is then put in place with a crown over the top. The results leaves you with a tooth that feels and looks natural. The procedure is simple, however, allowing the implant to set takes time. The entire process must be completed over a period of time that allows tissue to heal and the bone to take hold of the implant. The procedure typically takes eight to twelve weeks.
Implants will not decay over time. In addition, implants do not require the insertion of crowns over healthy teeth to support them as the gum weakens. The time saved in the operating chair is considerable, and the cost is worth the benefits. Damages resulting from bridges can result in nerve damage and further tooth decay in the affected area. Implants are a versatile option that can replace several teeth in the same adjacent area. They can be used to anchor full and partial dentures. It is no wonder that over half a million implants are now being used each year in the U.S. alone.
Dental Implant Cost And Questions
Costs can range tremendously with dental implants. Due to a variation in the type of materials and certification processes in the production of the implants and the fake tooth. Make sure that you ask the right questions and find out what materials are being used. An example of a few important ones and please follow up these with your own research:
- Where is this implant and crown made?
- What type of material is the implant made of?
- Can any of the implant material corrode?
- What testing has been done in order to ensure this is the material they say it is?
- Has the Implant ever touched air before being placed in my mouth?
- Is this the best material you can use?
- What type of material is the crown made of?
- Does this crown material fail?
- Is there a better product the crown can be made of?
- What is your success rate? (A goodway to follow up on this question by researching the doctor for reviews online)
This is an important step in the process as the last thing you want are unknown materials being put in your mouth or sub-standard materials that can fail or cause additional damage. While implants are slightly more expensive than bridges, with the right material used in the production of them, they can last an entire lifetime. Bridges have a maximum lifespan of about 7 to 10 years. Remember to that insurance companies will cover implants as well. For people who are uninsured, free financing is offered at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants in order to ease the financial burden and spread payments over a length of time you are comfortable with.