Dental implants are changing the way we speak and eat, literally. Gone are the days of dentures and denture adhesive creams that created many embarrassing moments for artificial teeth wearers everywhere. Today, dental implants are revolutionizing dentures and bridges in a way that is restoring confidence in denture wearers across the world.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are tooth roots created with titanium posts. The post extends from under the gum line which connects to a metal implant and then leads to a slight protrusion outside of the gums. The steel posts are then used to anchor artificial teeth or bridges. Dental Implants are designed to last a long time and are not a temporary fix. The result is teeth that look and function like regular teeth and a natural-looking smile.

How are Dental Implants Installed?

The installation of dental implants requires a surgical procedure. For starters, healthy gums and bone structure in the jaw are a must. Oral surgeons insert the implants near the jawbone in the first phase of surgery. After a couple of months, a process occurs that fuses the implant with the jawbone. This fusion process ensures that implants do not slip or move around. Typically, a second brief procedure is needed to attach the post to the implant.

How Difficult is the After Care?

As with any oral surgery, the aftercare is extremely important to prevent infection and delay in the healing process. Swelling and bruising are common around the gum area. Applying an ice pack to the jawline can help to reduce the discomfort and swelling. Rinsing the mouth out with a mixture of salt and warm water helps to prevent a build-up of germs and bacteria. Drinking from straws and smoking cigarettes are not advised during the first 48 hours following surgery. Your surgeon may recommend a diet of liquids and soft foods for the early three days after surgery.

How Much Do Dental Implants Normally Cost?

The cost of dental implants varies according to how many implants you need. On average, the cost ranges from $1,500 to $4,500 per tooth. Unfortunately, insurances tend to cover only about 10% of the total price, which is the cost of the extraction. Before you get discouraged about the cost, speak with your dentist about pricing. It’s possible that your dental office may have financing options for the implant surgery. Sometimes there are specials or discounts you may qualify for by getting more than one dental implant at a time.

Dental implants can help to bring back a confident smile to many patients. Millions of people each year are opting to fix their smiles using this permanent method. For more information about dental implants, or to make an appointment, call the office of Dr. Larry D. Molenda, D.D.S., located in San Marcos, TX.