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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for replacement teeth. They’re an ideal option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or some other reason.

Dental implants are made of titanium, a material that is compatible with the human body. Once the implant is placed in the jawbone, it fuses with the bone over time. This process is known as osseointegration.

The implant acts as a foundation for a single tooth, a dental bridge, or a denture. A small post (abutment) is attached to the implant after it has healed, and then a replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top.

Kibra's Experience With Dental Implants

Kibra's Experience With Dental Implants

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. With proper care, they can last for many years. The success of dental implants depends on their placement. Implant surgery is a complex procedure that should be performed by a qualified and experienced dentist or oral surgeon.

Additionally, dental implants will last depending on how well you take care of them. Think of a dental implant just like your normal tooth. If you take care of your normal tooth, brush, and floss it, and keep it clean, it can last a lifetime. If you don’t floss or don’t brush, you can still have issues with the implant just like your normal teeth.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Some dental insurance plans may offer partial coverage, and some employers offer dental insurance plans that include coverage for implants. If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to check with your dental insurance provider to see if they offer any coverage. Dr. Edwards and his office staff would be happy to go over if your insurance covers them or not.

If you don’t have insurance, Dr. Edwards does offer payment plans and also offers a membership plan which gives you a percentage off of the total fee.

Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?

Although it is possible to have dental implants performed in one day, there are a few variables that need consideration. If you’re able and willing, then we’d be happy to take CT scans of your jaw to determine whether you have enough bone. If you do, we can plan the surgery while you wait by using the CT scan. The surgery can be done the same day, however, the surgical aspect of the procedure is only one phase. Once the implant is placed, it will need to integrate to your bone. Once the dental implant has integrated to your bone, we can place the crown on the healed implant.

Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options available today. And for good reason – they offer a number of benefits over other options, like dentures or bridges.

If you’re considering dental implants, you’re probably wondering if they’re worth the investment. Here are some things to consider:

  • Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are permanent, which means you won’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out.
  • Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants don’t require special care. You can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are strong and durable, so you can eat all your favorite foods without worry.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.

If you’re considering dental implants, be sure to talk to your Riverside, CA dentist, Dr. Edwards about whether they’re right for you. Dr. Edwards can help you weigh the benefits and drawbacks to make the best decision for your smile.

Neal Edwards DDS, FICOI

Neal Edwards DDS, FICOI

Neal Edwards, DDS, FICOI, studied Biology at La Sierra University and earned his dental degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, where he also followed a mini-residency. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Edwards takes hundreds of continuing education units a year and completed his ICOI Fellowship recently. He is a Team Dentist for the Ontario Reign hockey team - LA Kings’ AHL affiliate.

He loves meeting people and helping them achieve their dental goals.

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