When one thinks of dental implants, one thinks of the aesthetic appeal and the permanence of the procedure. These two factors in particular have transformed the dental implant into the standard of care in terms of teeth replacement.

Dental Implants – The Basic Information

Dental Implants

While dental care has significantly improved over the years, millions of Americans still go through tooth loss. Particularly due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injuries. Swedish Orthopedic surgeon, Per-Ingvar Brånemark invented the dental implant as a more permanent option for replacing a missing tooth. With modern-day developments, dental implants have become the go-to treatment of choice for both patients and dentists worldwide.

Dental implants are essentially units replicating a tooth root. These are placed surgically into the jaw bone and then topped off with a crown (or bridge) to fill in the space left behind by the missing tooth.

Dental Implants – The Types

Dental Implants

Two types of dental implants have existed in the past –

Essentially, tooth replacement is the primary function of a dental implant. However, implants are capable of assisting other dental procedures. Owing to their stability, they are sometimes used in cases of removable dentures to provide a comfortable and more secure fit. Additionally, they are also used in cases of orthodontics as temporary anchorage devices. This helps move teeth to their desired positions. These are temporary and are removed after their function has been served to completion.

An additional option involving dental implants is full mouth dentures for patients who have lost all of their teeth because of either gum disease or decay. These provide a stable foundation for the dentures. One such technique is called the “All-on-4”. Coined by Nobel Biocare, an implant manufacturer. This technique devises the use of 4 implants to replace all teeth in either the upper or the lower arch. The dental implants are placed surgically in areas of healthy bone and then the denture is fixed on top of them.

Dental implants have vastly improved oral health and allow for a variety of treatment options involving the replacement of single or multiple teeth.

Dental Implants – The Procedure

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Patients considering a dental implant undergo a thorough screening process to assess whether or not they’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. A normal healthy individual with proper oral hygiene and no debilitating medical conditions is the prime choice for a candidate. Additionally, since the procedure is carried out over time, having thriving relationships for moral support is also considered pretty important.

Candidates who smoke, have poor oral health, or suffer from cardiac disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. aren’t advised dental implants.  Especially not without the consent of their primary health care provider. Furthermore, patients either undergoing or about to undergo radiation therapy are also advised against the approach.

But no matter what the situation, your dentist has the final say on whether or not they think you should opt for an implant.

The Problems


Dental implants usually have a success rate of about 98%. But that doesn’t mean you might not run into an issue with it. Most implant-related issues are either due to a lack of good oral health or rejection by the body’s immune system. Other issues usually include the lowered health of the jaw bone, certain diseases, or faulty procedure.

Certain other problems involving dental implants are the amount of time it takes from start to finish. Moreover, most insurance providers do not cover the cost of an implant, making it a pretty big bill to be paid out of your pocket.

The Cost

The cost for a single implant to a full-mouth restoration varies from one dental office to the other. They usually cost up to thousands of dollars. And because dental insurance providers aren’t much help, it can be a pretty nerve-wracking task to come to a decision. But before you decide to forego this route entirely, get in touch with us at Le Sueur Family Dental. Because we believe you can’t put a price on a great smile.