Frequently asked questions about dental implants

Many of you have probably heard about dental implants, some have had some implants fixed onto their jaw while others do not even have a clue about what dental implants are. According to Dearborn Family Dentistry and Dearborn dentist, Dr. Mark Luria, dental implants have been around for the past 25+ years and are slowly revolutionizing the face of tooth restoration and oral surgery. For a profession that has been around for more than a century, twenty five years is a relatively short time period. As is the case with new things such as inventions and technology, there is a lot of speculation about dental implants and this has made people to start asking questions about the whole thing. Some of the frequently asked questions are;

  1. What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is basically a tooth root replacement. It is used to replace missing teeth. The implant is a small piece of titanium which is implanted into the jawbone during a dental procedure. It is then used to hold a replacement tooth into place after being implanted into the bone socket of the previous missing tooth.

  1. How are they permanent?

When the implant is fixed into the jawbone, it becomes embedded into the bone. The jawbone takes an average of 6 to 12 weeks in order to heal. As the bone heals around the implant, the implant gets anchored deeper and deeper into the bone. This is the aspect of dental implants “fusing” with bone. The implant is the connected to another small piece of metal called the abutment. The abutment holds the restoration tooth in place making the implant permanent.

  1. Is it painful?

Many people will hear of the process and how a piece of metal is bored into your jaw and think that it is an extremely painful process. However, getting a tooth implant is actually not that painful. It is less painful than removing a tooth. Furthermore the dentist will administer local anesthesia onto the area where the procedure is taking place hence minimizing pain and discomfort.

  1. Will my insurance company cover the cost?

At the moment, insurance companies do not include dental implants in their dental insurance covers. However, your dental insurance may cover the fixing of implants depending on the cause of tooth loss and your insurance cover. It is good to iron out the insurance details with your dentist and your insurance company before undergoing the procedure.

  1. Who can get dental implants?

Basically, anyone who can get a tooth removed or have oral surgery performed can get dental implants. However, you have to have healthy gums and your jawbone should be big enough to hold the implant. There are some cases where getting a dental implant has to be evaluated such as when the patient has diabetes, heart disease or any cases with records of radiation therapy in the head region.