What are dental implants and can they be used for single or multiple teeth
Dental implants are titanium objects that replace the natural root of your tooth. They are long term solutions for missing teeth. When used for replacement of a single tooth, a crown is placed over the dental implant, after the implant has healed for several months. The crown allows the area of the dental implant to blend with the rest of your teeth so your smile looks natural. Dr. Gilbert Selkin can also replace multiple damaged or missing teeth with dental implants. For patients requiring all teeth removed, dental implants are the preferred method of rebuilding a smile. The goal of dental implants is to restore the appearance of your teeth and smile as well as the function of the teeth. Implants help to preserve facial structure and prevent the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Implants are anchored to your jawbone to restore your oral health. Leaving missing teeth (empty sockets) can significantly and negatively impact your oral health with problems including bone loss. Therefore, leaving empty sockets is not recommended, and dental implants are an excellent way of restoring your oral health.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants
If you have loss of teeth, dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants are more than an excellent option for damaged or missing teeth: dental implants improve the appearance and the function of your teeth by virtue of their attachment to the jawbone. Therefore, patients can enjoy eating in a more normal fashion than the lack of functional improvement with dentures or a bridge. Furthermore, dental implants have the benefit of preventing further bone loss that can occur when teeth are damaged or missing. Patients who have inadequate bone can still become successful candidates with the help of bone grafting procedures. Dr. Gilbert Selkin will develop a plan that is specific to your case to rebuild you dental health, rebuild your smile, and rebuild your confidence in the appearance of your teeth.
How long does the procedure for dental implants take
The typical time it takes for one implant is 45 minutes to an hour. Dr. Gilbert Selkin and his staff will make sure you are comfortable during the process with anesthesia provided with your safety foremost in mind. Before the actual procedure, Dr. Gilbert Selkin will conduct a consultation and thorough exam and discuss your goals.
How long do dental implants last
Dental implants are expected to last a very long time, potentially a lifetime, with good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments. Dental implants have an overall success rate of 95%. The procedure has been around for decades with continual improvements. The risks are low and resemble other minor surgical procedures such as infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc..
What is the cost of dental implants
The cost of dental implants is based on numerous factors. These factors include the number of implants you need, the type of insurance you have, the type of anesthesia you select, along with the structure of your bone, and if the implant is being placed at the same time as a tooth extraction.