What are dental implants?
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A dental implant used to replace missing teeth. The basis for modern dental implants is a biological process called osseointegration where materials, such as titanium, form a strong bond with bone. The implant fixture is first placed in the jaw bone. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.

When should I consider getting an implant?

Dental implant - Diagram of a dental implantIf you have the bone structure to support an implant, they are typically considered one of the most effective methods of replacing a lost tooth.  Other benefits include:

  • Stronger and more comfortable than alternatives such as dentures or bridges
  • Prevent bone loss in the jaw
  • Minimal maintenance (brushing and flossing; same as natural teeth)

You might also consider getting implants if you’ve had a denture for many years but are looking for a non-removable alternative.

 

Are implants covered by my dental insurance?

Coverage will vary between policies.  Typically, dental insurance plans will offer minimal coverage for dental implants, but there are exceptions.  We can confirm what is covered by your policy when you come in for an appointment or free consultation.

Portions excerpted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_implant under the Creative Commons license.

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