Losing a tooth can be damaging to your appearance and self-esteem. In many instances, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Davis is your implant dentist in the Eastern Jackson County area.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Once the implant is healed, a dental implant looks just like a tooth, but the root is made of metal rather than biological material which can and will decay again. The metal root is connected to a porcelain crown by an abutment. The porcelain crown can then be either screwed or cemented onto the abutment. Alternatively, implants can be used to retain a denture in the mouth.
– The Benefits
Dental implants have many advantages. One of the best qualities is that they can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Other benefits relate to the patient’s daily activities.
- Implants prevent bone loss associated with tooth removal.
- Speech improves because you aren’t missing teeth or dealing with loose dentures
- Self-esteem improves
- You can eat with confidence and without pain
- Some patients find fewer digestive issues because they’re able to chew food more thoroughly. Proper nutrition is a key to overall health and preventing diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
For dental implants to work, patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone so the implant can attach. A dentist who performs implant procedures can talk with you about other possible health issues to consider such as diabetes or heart disease.
Another question people typically have is whether implants are covered by your dental insurance. That depends on the policy, although typically they are not covered. Sometimes health insurance will cover part of the cost depending on the plan and how you lost your tooth in the first place.
If you would like to explore the possibility of dental implants, Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates can help. Just contact our office for a consultation. 816 358 0800.