A comprehensive guide to Dental Implants

Dental Implants

A dental implant is necessary when your existing tooth is beyond salvage. In general a dentist will always try to salvage your existing teeth since it is common knowledge that there nothing can be as good as your natural teeth. But when your natural teeth cannot be salvaged due to some reason be it an accident, tooth decay or a medical condition it has to be removed in order to avoid any infection. In such cases dental implant is usually the best option to restore your set of teeth and jaw structure.

What is Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial too tooth root that is inserted into the jaw so that it can hold the artificial tooth in place. This process is used on one tooth and can be used on several at a time. At the same time this can be either permanent or temporary. In addition to this, dental implants can help stabilize the jaw bone’s shape that may be deformed due to loss of tooth and broken jaw bones. Dental implants are often viewed as very convenient alternative to the much dreaded dentures. The word dentures usually puts chills down ones spine, besides which they require more attention and maintenance.

In general dental implants are considered better than the usual bridges and crowns since they are not simply cemented in place. The process of fusing of bone and implant occurs which is also called Osseointegration. This is a special characteristic of Titanium.

Endosteal is one of the two types of dental implants. This type of implant is need you to have strong gums and jaw bones sine it need hold the tooth in place. However the other type of implant consist of a metal plate that is placed on the top of the jaw and below the gums. This is the less common of the two and is usually used if necessary, generally when the patient has minimal haw height or thickness.

Dental implant

The procedure of Dental Implants

This is a fairly simple procedure which does require some preparation. Before starting the procedure it is necessary to collect vital information regarding the patient. This preparation helps identify if there are any issues since it involves the analysis of nerves, sinus and the jaw bone structure around the area to be operated. Often X-Ray scans are used to be absolutely sure there is no issue. Such scans have the ability to show the entire upper and lower teeth and bone structure which helps determine the bone health, thickness and height. The preparation also includes the making sure there is not gum decay or disease.

The procedure of dental implant can be performed at a well-equipped dentist clinic itself. It also may require some form of anaesthesia hence this could be local, general or intravenous sedation. Optionally it can also involve the use of nitrous oxide.

This is not a very lengthy procedure but it does span over 3 – 5 days, each session being approximately 30 minutes. Each stage of the procedure has the tasks clearly laid out.

  • The First Stage involves making incision into the gums in order to expose the bones. A hole is also drilled into the bone for the implant to be placed.
  • The implant is then inserted into the jaw bone such that it lies below the gum tissue.
  • The tissue then needs to be sealed back in place to protect it from any issues due to chewing.

Once the healing process is over (in generally 4 – 6 month) the bonding process is over and the implants bonds itself to the bone.

The second part of the procedure takes place after the ossoinergratoin is complete. Hence once the bonding is successful there will need to be another session arranged with the dentist where the abutment is then installed. The abutment is what keeps all in place. It connects the crown with the implant. The process does involve opening the gums again to place the abutment after which it is closed.

At times the dentist may choose to place the abutment along with the implant (in the same surgery). This is perfectly normal and is also practiced if the dentist thinks it is suitable to do so. However a little extra care is required by the patient during the healing process following the procedure.
The gums will heal in roughly 2 weeks after which the artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. This artificial tooth is specially made based on the impression of your teeth on a model.

This is fairly risk free procedure and at the most may result in some minor bleeding of the gums during the procedure.

The cost factor

Dental implants can be expensive. Hence it is quite common for people to opt for doing it in a foreign country where it is slightly cheaper. Not everyone knows how must the cost hence the first thing that pops up in their mind is “What do dental implants cost?” There are many popular destinations as listed below along with the cost.

United States = $4250
UK = $3500
Spain = $2750
Italy = $1800
Mexico = $1600
Romania = $1400
Lithuania = $1400
Costa Rica = $1000
Turkey = $1000
Hungary = $900
Thailand = $900
India = $850
Croatia = $850

That said there are several elements than affect the cost of the surgery like the initial examination, type of material used (like branded or not branded), the number of teeth to be replaced,

Pros and Cons

When it comes to picking from two possible solutions there are bound to be some advantages and disadvantages of choosing for either one. Hence I have listed them out for you so that you can make a more informed decision instead of playing guessing games or opting for the trial and error method.

Advantages of opting for Dental Implant:

  • The dental implant is durable and more or less permanent.
  • It is also affordable considering it is a one time solution.
  • It ensures great comfort almost like the original and at the same time also looks natural.
  • It doesn’t require any special maintenance.
  • It doesn’t require disturbing any other teeth during the process.
  • Has a very high success ratio.

Disadvantage of option for Dental Implant:

  • It is a high onetime cost.
  • There is the risk that the bone does not accept the implant, although this does not normally occur.
  • The surgery can be painful and cause swelling and minor bleeding.
  • The risk of damaging nerves of the adjacent muscles is small, but present as is risk of damaging the sinus cavity.
  • The danger of infection exists if there is any break

Are you covered?

Many of us have the same question when we are seeking information about Dental Implant surgery and that is: “What do dental implants cost?” The fact of the matter is that the dental implant surgery can get quite expensive, hence the first thing to check is whether your insurance company covers them for you. Not all insurance plans will cover it hence you also have the option of talking to the Dentist himself to inquire about any payment options they can suggest. A dentist can help you with your teeth but he can also help you work out a good payment solution hence do not hesitate to ask him.

Designer Smiles Dentistry:

Designer Smiles Dentistry always makes sure you receive personalized care are treatment. They are a dedicated team of dentist 77459 and there is more to them just fixing or caring for your teeth. Here it is free to find the source of that excruciating pain or a quick examination. You will be treated if you are over the age of 5.


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