Are Dental Implants For You?
You’ve heard of Paul Revere. He may (or may not) have made a historic midnight horse ride to sound the alarm that the British were upon the Patriots in the American Revolution. What you may not know is that he, along with being an American Founding Father, worked as an amateur dentist. He became the first to practice forensic dentistry when he identified the body of a fallen friend using the deceased man’s teeth. Additionally he crafted dentures using walrus ivory. Needless to say, Paul Revere and other early dentistry practitioners did not have Invisalign or even reliable dental implants to work with.
Despite dentistry making leaps and bounds and becoming much more of an exact science, people still experience dental issues. One of these issues is tooth decay and loss. Tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury can strike anyone at anytime (although, dental hygiene can reduce the risk). As dentistry progressed, bridges and dentures were the only options for people with missing teeth. However, dental implants have become an excellent treatment for tooth loss.
Dental implants are actually replacement tooth roots. These synthetic roots provide a solid foundation for teeth that are crafted to match your natural teeth. There are a whole host of benefits of dental implants over dentures (and remaining toothless).
- improved appearance
- improved speech
- ease of eating
- self-esteem boost
- improved overall oral health
Additionally, dental implants have a very high success rate. With an experienced practitioner placing the implants, dental implants have success rates of up to 98%. With proper care and an experienced periodontist, they can last a lifetime.
Who are dental implants for?
First, obviously dental implants are for people who have missing teeth. Teeth can be missing from a congenital disorder, gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Second, almost anyone who is healthy is a good candidate for dental implants. There are some issues that can arise from abnormal jaws. Also , patients should have healthy gums free from gum disease (gingivitis), or gum recession. Gum recession and other gum issues should be treated before dental implants are installed. The best bet to see if you are good candidate is to contact Bailey Implants Provo or Salt Lake for a consultation.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Generally, dental implants are not covered by insurance. However, your plan may cover dental implants and you should check with your provider. Also, Bailey Implants offers financing for some procedures and in some cases. Again, the best thing you can do is come in for a dental implant consult.