Dental Implants: Fourth and Fifth Things You Need To Know

August 26, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Continuing an overview of some of the top things you should know about dental implants, the fourth and fifth items follow. The first dental implant item as well as the second and third dental impl;ant items can be read by following the links.

4. Time – Implants can take about 6 — 9 months to complete. The surgery is divided into two phases. In the first phase, the implant root or foundation is placed into the jawbone and sutured into place. The bone grows into and around the screw firmly holding it in place. After 6 -9 months, the surgeon will then measure your gums and place a custom-implant in place. However, one-day implants may also be available and you can ask your dentist for removable replacements till the procedure is complete.

5. Long-term maintenance – Patients often tend to balk when they are told the price of dental implants are compared to dentures. However, dentures come with a complete set of problems of their own. Dentures are not stable, they tend to move about while talking and eating and warping is common. Researchers have noted that the price of dental implants is lower as they have lower maintenance costs as compared to dentures. In fact, Washington Dental Service, the largest insurance carrier in Washington, organized a study to analyze the maintenance costs of dentures vs. the price of dental implants. The price of dental implants was higher but they required little to no backup maintenance costs as compared to denture.

As you can see, dental implants are far better than dentures and the price of dental implants is extremely affordable as well. The procedure is quick and simple provided an oral and maxillofacial surgeon does it and the implants can be very easy to maintain. Take the time to consult a specialist.

Dr. John G. Orfanos is a graduate of one of the nation’s top universities: Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where he also acquired his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Patients, peers, and the community in general hold Dr. Orfanos in high regard.