Even though there have been significant improvements in dental care over the last few decades’ millions of Americans suffer tooth loss each year. Dental implants offer an alternative to bridges and dentures.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a replacement of a tooth root. An implant provides a sturdy foundation for a permanent or removable replacement tooth. A dental implant is custom made to match your other teeth so it fits in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are so many advantages of dental implants that range from appearance to comfort.
Because dental implants are fused to your jaw bone and are permanent, they make your smile look beautiful and full. Gaps in your teeth and dentures that don’t fit well can cause you to slur or mumble when speaking. Dental implants allow you to speak without having to worry about misspeaking or not sounding as you should. With the natural look implants give, you have a better confidence in yourself and appearance.
Dental implants are designed to last many years, and sometimes even a lifetime. Because implants are affixed within your mouth, they don’t slide around like dentures and make everyday comfort and eating pain free.
Drawbacks of Dental Implants
Dental implants are much more expensive than getting a bridge or dentures and most insurance companies do not cover the costs associated with getting them. On average a dental implant can cost between $850 and $3,500 per tooth.
Dental implants require many visits to the dentist to be successfully placed. While you’re waiting for your customized implant to be created at the lab, a temporary implant is put in place so you don’t have to walk around with a missing tooth.