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The Truth About Dental Implants

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The Truth About Dental Implants
Cork, Ireland

There are three main (non-serious) questions when you realize you need a dental implant procedure:

  1. How much do dental implants cost?
  2. What are the main prices for dental implants?
  3. Can I get a free dental implant? In fact, dental implants are one of the most expensive things you can do in a dentist’s office.

In the past, dentists attempted to save or replace teeth through root canal treatment, bridges, fixed or removable dentures. Unfortunately, a significant number of endodontic teeth fail, bridges require cutting away from healthy adjacent teeth, and removable dentures can often be unstable and require the use of sticky adhesives. Dental implants are the solution to these problems, eliminating many of the problems associated with natural teeth, including tooth decay.

Single tooth implant

Single tooth implants can be used for people who are missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is surgically placed into a hole your dentist makes in your jawbone. When the implant integrates (attachs) to your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown to replace the missing tooth. A crown (cap), which looks like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth after the absence of a tooth.

For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jawbone and the bone must be strong enough to hold and support the dental implant. If there isn’t enough bone, it may need to be added through a procedure called a bone graft. In addition, the natural teeth and supporting tissues near the implant site must be in good condition.

There are many reasons to replace a missing tooth. A gap between the teeth, if visible when smiling or talking, is a cosmetic concern.

Depending on their location, missing some teeth can affect your speech. A missing molar may not be noticeable when you speak or smile, but its absence can affect chewing.

When a tooth is missing, the bite force on the remaining teeth begins to change. As the bite changes to compensate for the missing tooth, there is a risk of additional pressure and discomfort in the jaw joints. If the missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can move. Harmful plaque and tartar can accumulate in new hard-to-reach places created by tooth movement. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement option. Implants are manufactured devices that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as retainers for replacement teeth. Implants are made of titanium and other materials compatible with the human body.

The restored tooth consists of several parts.

The implant, which is made of titanium, is installed in the upper or lower jaw.
The abutment can be made of titanium, gold or porcelain. It is attached to the implant with a screw. This part connects the implant to the crown.
The restoration (the part that looks like the tooth) is a crown, usually made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM), but can also be all-metal or porcelain. The crown is attached to the abutment or directly to the implant. It can be screwed or cemented to the abutment. If the crown is screwed to the abutment, the screw hole will be closed with a restorative material, such as a tooth-colored filling material (composite).
The implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. It fits securely when you chew and talk. Implantation of one tooth is an independent unit and does not involve treatment of adjacent teeth. With a dental implant, the surrounding teeth can remain intact as long as they are healthy, and their strength and integrity can be preserved. An implant can stabilize your bite and help prevent jaw problems.
What happens during the dental implant procedure?

Treatment usually consists of three parts and lasts several months. Your dentist may treat you or refer you to a specialist, such as a periodontist, orthopedist, maxillofacial surgeon, for full or partial treatment.

In the first stage, the dentist surgically places the implant in the jawbone so that the top of the implant is slightly above the top of the bone. A screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering.

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