Dental Implants

Find out the costs, canidates and risks of dental implants

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011

Dental Implants

Dental implants offer people a permanent solution to teeth loss. Missing teeth not only hinder one’s physical appearance, but they increase the ability for plaque and bacteria to build up in the mouth. Patients do not need to feel the burdens of missing teeth. The results of dental implants are highly successful, making it a popular restorative dentistry treatment.

A Good Candidate for Dental Implants

Good candidates for dental implants need to have enough bone to support the implant. Good candidates should also have healthy gums in order to heel from the procedure properly. Dental implants can treat patients with a single missing tooth or several missing teeth.

Dental Implant Procedure

The entire dental implant procedure takes several months because of the healing process necessary before applying the artificial tooth to the implant. Dentists insert the implant into the socket of the missing tooth, which becomes anchored in the jaw. The surrounding gum tissue heel around the implant itself. Once the jawbone is heeled, an abutment is attached to the implant to hold the new tooth. 

Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants are commonly used to stabilize dentures or correct for missing incisions or other narrow teeth. No larger than the width of a tooth pick, mini dental implants require a less invasive surgery and, therefore, a shorter recovery period. Using advanced dental technology, dentists secure the lower denture to the patients jawbone to stabilize the denture.


Types of Dental Implants

Every type of dental Implant works to replicate the natural tooth root. Different dental implants depend on the individual patient's dental needs. Whether you need to replace one tooth or several teeth, there is a dental implant option for you.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium prosthesis designed to serve as the root of a tooth. In joining with the jawbone, dental implants make artificial teeth feel and look like natural teeth. Dental implants are practically indistinguishable from real teeth.

What results can I expect after dental implant procedures?

What results can I expect after dental implant procedures?  Answers to frequently asked dental questions at

Risks and Side Effects of Dental Implants

Despite the fact that dental implants have very high success rates, patients need to be aware of the risks and side effects associated with the procedure. Good oral hygiene habits are the most effective way to ensure successful results from implants.

Cost of dental implants

The cost of dental implants generally ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 in the United States. A number of factors including the individual dentist’s fee, the materials used, and the extent of the procedure determine the overall cost of implants.

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