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What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants are a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and acts as a replacement root of a tooth. Implants closely resemble a natural tooth and stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

There are many reasons why a patient may wish to receive a dental implant, and there are many advantages such as improved appearance, speech, comfort, easier eating, and improved oral health. These advantages include improved appearance, speech and comfort, improved oral health, durability, and easier eating.

Oral Health Benefits

Implants can improve a patient’s oral, and therefore overall health in a number of ways. Dental implants reduce the risk of cavities because bacteria is more likely to attack the empty spaces between your teeth and form plaque. Implants also restore your chewing power because they eliminate any missing or broken teeth. This increases jaw power and restores your chewing without any side effects.

Lastly, implants can restore your jawbone structure, resulting in lifelong oral strength and comfort. Implants are made from titanium, a very strong and valuable material for your oral health.

Who Should Consider Dental Implants

If you are interested in dental implants, ask your doctor if you are a good candidate.

Deciding on dental implants include many factors, such as

  • The location of missing teeth
  • The quality of the jawbone where the implants will be placed
  • The patient’s overall health
  • Cost
  • Preference

If you and your dentist decide that you are a good candidate for dental implants, check with your insurance provider. In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance, but coverage may be possible, depending on your insurance plan and/or the cause of tooth loss. Questions regarding your individual oral health and coverage should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider. Even if coverage is not an option, Joplin Family Dental offers fantastic financing options to help you gain the oral health you deserve.

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