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Implants

implant 1A dental implant is simply a titanium fixture that is placed in the jaw bone to replace a previously lost tooth. Implants in dentistry are extremely predicable and successful; in fact their longevity exceeds the conventional cemented bridgework that dentistry has used for decades to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth, several missing teeth, or to retain a complete denture.

 

implant 2Dental implants are the most sophisticated and technologically researched restoration provided by dentists today. Their placement requires a careful work up to be sure available ridge and bone density and depth are acceptable to insure successful placement and retention. If available bone is not adequate, grafting procedures can be accomplished to create more bone at implant sites. Most general dentists work with a dental surgeon to place the implant fixture, then will complete the restoration by fixing a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant fixture.

 

implant 3The patient can expect to have an initial consultation first with the general dentist then the oral surgeon. Study models and a panorex radiograph are taken and used to assist in determining ridge compatibility for the proposed implant and the precise location of same. The surgeon will place the implant fixture(s) and allow an eight week period of time to elapse while bone fully integrates the new fixtures. If needed, the patient may wear a temporary appliance while healing is occurring. After two months have elapsed, the general dentist takes the required impressions to fabricate the crown, bridge, or denture that restores the space.

 

 

implant 4The upside to implant restoration is their natural appearance and feel as real teeth supported by the patient's bone, they are not susceptible to periodontal disease, and no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or involved in the procedure. On the other hand, more time is required to restore the space and implant replacement requires more of a financial investment.

 

implant xray 4At this point in time, most insurance companies do not cover the placement of dental implant fixtures. This may be changing in the next few years as their predictability and success become a greater value to the company than conventional fixed bridgework. However, most companies do cover the placement of crowns, bridges, or dentures that attach to the implant fixtures. Our staff will articulate carefully the criteria and guidelines of your specific policy relative to implant coverage.