Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Getting Dental Implants in Anchorage

By Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC
November 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Implants  

The concept of dental implants has been around for centuries because one fact remains: everyone wants to have a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. Luckily technological advancements have changed the way we replace missing teeth and have given us more long-term solutions for treating this common problem. Today, we give you the scoop on getting dental implants in Anchorage and what it entails.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium screws that act as tooth root replacements. The purpose of implants is to create a strong base from which to hold a replacement tooth (better known as dental crowns).

What should I expect from dental implant surgery?

The implant, which is a tiny titanium post, is surgically embedded into the socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone begins to heal it grows around and fuses with the implant. This process is known as osseointegration and it helps to keep the implant securely in place. It will take anywhere from 6 weeks to 12 weeks to heal.

Once the implant is connected to the jawbone we will then use an abutment, which will help connect the dental implant to the dental crown. Then we will make impressions of your smile to create a dental crown that will match the rest of your teeth. Once the crown is fabricated we will secure the dental crown to the abutment.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants boast countless advantages including improving your smile’s appearance, increasing self-esteem, and improving eating and speaking. Plus, dental implants are sturdy, designed to last a lifetime and are more convenient than other tooth replacement methods.

How do I properly care for them?

The two most important things you can do to keep your dental implants healthy is to adopt strong dental hygiene and commit to seeing your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. While you don’t have to do anything different or special to properly clean and care for your dental implants you’ll want to make sure you are at least brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

What is the success rate?

While the success rate of dental implants can fluctuate depending on your mouth’s anatomy, the overall success rate is about 98 percent. Success rate not only depends on the health of your mouth but your overall health and lifestyle, as well.

Will insurance cover my dental implants?

Often times, insurance will cover a portion of restoring missing teeth with dental implants. Make sure to check with your insurance company, or call our office for help, and see how affordable implants can be for you.

Are dental implants right for everyone?

Most patients who are in good oral and overall health can get dental implants in Anchorage. An ideal candidate will have healthy teeth, gums and jawbone. They will also have good oral hygiene and keep up with regular dental visits. Those who have uncontrolled disorders likes diabetes or heart disease, smokers, and those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation should consider another treatment option.

However, to find out if you are truly a good candidate for dental implants in Anchorage, call our office today to schedule a consultation. We want to give you the smile you deserve!