Dental Implants – Yes or No?

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My friend, H, is considering dental implants to replace a few of her teeth that were damaged in an accident.  She has done her research, and found that many of the overseas medical spas offer them at extreme discounts and have stellar reputations, so this might be the way to go.

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are popular options for tooth replacements.  They  helps achieve the look and feel of one’s natural teeth much better than conventional dentures or bridges.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots  that are usually made of titanium.  These roots are surgically implanted  directly into the  jawbone beneath the gum to hold a bridge or replacement tooth in place. These implants fuse directly to the bone to provide long lasting support for the new teeth. With dental implants, it is not necessary for adjacent teeth to be ground down to hold a replacement tooth into place.

Are Dental Implants the way to go for everyone?

Dental implants are not the best choice for everyone. The perfect candidate for these kinds of implants must have enough bone left in his or her jaw to support them.  The candidate’s gums should be nice and healthy as well.  Sometimes, bone grafting must take place to aid in the support of the implant.  It is crucial that the candidate for dental implants commit to maintaining his her her very best oral hygiene habits, and to paying their dentist regular  visits.

When considering dental implants, the initial consultation with the dentist is the most important. It is at this point that the important planning phase for the treatment will occur. This includes diagnostic imaging, such as a panoramic X-ray and other diagnostic evaluations that help the dentist fully assess the health of the patient’s jawbone and teeth.

 

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Are all dental implants the same?

There are two most commonly used types of dental implants.

Subperiosteal implants are metal frames that are fitted onto the bone directly beneath the gum tissue. As the gums begin to heal, the frame fuses to the jawbone leaving posts that are attached to the frame, to appear through the gums. The artificial teeth are mounted to these posts.

Endosteal implants entail two surgeries. This type of implant is surgically placed directly into the jawbone. When the gum tissue surrounding the incision has healed, a post is connected to the original implant via a second surgery. The final step involves the attachment of an artificial tooth or teeth to the post, either individually, or on a denture or bridge.

What do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost for dental implants is usually around  $5,000 minimum,  in the United States. As mentioned earlier, they can be much less expensive in foreign medical spas.   Perfection Medical Spa in Cancun, for example, charges from $500-4300.   In most cases, quoted prices include the costs of the consultations and examinations, the implant, the abutment, the crown and all surgical costs. Followup treatments usually usually incur additional costs . Some insurance companies will cover part or all of the costs, depending on the individual carrier.

 

 

 

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