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Dental ImplantIf you’re missing teeth or have damaged teeth that need replacing them your dentist may have mentioned dental implants to you. These are a replica teeth which are fitted into the mouth taking the place of your natural teeth, but what does the procedure actually involve?

 Initial consultation

First, you will need to speak with a dental implant dentist. Together you’ll both decide whether implants are the best option for you. He will have your complete dental history and will take some X rays and do a thorough oral examination.

 Insertion of the implants

The first step is the surgical placement of the dental implants into the bone. This is normally don e in your dentist’s surgery under a local anesthetic. After the dental implants surgery, your mouth will take about 3 to 4 months to heal. This healing period also allows for the implants to fuse to the bone by means of a process known as ‘osseointegration’.

Attaching the post

The next phase is a little minor surgery where your dentist will attach a post to the implant. This will serve as a support for either one tooth or a group of teeth. It’s only a short procedure which should require no more than a local anesthetic.

 Restorative phase

This is the final stage. Your dentist will take impressions and then make a a prosthesis to attach to the post. This can involve several visits, however once it is completed you’ll be left with a strong and natural looking tooth or set of teeth which will give you back your smile.

It’s good to know there are no age limits to receiving implants, provided there is enough bone in which to insert the implants.

There are, however, certain medical conditions which could prevent you from being suitable for implants. Conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, blood disorders, parathyroid disorders, rare bone disorders and bone marrow cancer all make it dangerous to insert implants. Some physical factors which could affect a positive decision include low sinuses or bundles of nerves and poor quality bone.

 How much do dental implants cost?

The cost for dental implants varies greatly from one dentist to another and often a well regarded dental implants specialist will charge considerably higher costs. Individual dentists should be able to give you their quotes. You need to remember that there are several components involved with implants and each one has its own associated fee. For starters, there’s the cost of the implant surgery itself; then there’s the cost of the abutment or post; finally there’s the cost of the crown which is placed on top of the post.

 Find out whether finance is available as many offices do participate in plans and you may b e able to finance up to 100% of the total cost.

 Having dental implants can be considered as great value for your monetary investment, after all you’re getting a product which is being used 24/7. What’s more, you’ll get your confidence and smile back.