Dental / Tooth Implants: Understanding the Basics

If you have missing teeth, your dentist or specialist may recommend considering dental tooth implants to replace them. With implants, you’re essentially given new prosthetic “roots” for a fixed restoration to be anchored on top of.

How Many (Dental) Teeth Implants Will You Need?

One of the most common misconceptions about getting implants is that you need one for each tooth that’s missing. Not so! Because of their durable characteristics, dentists can use pairs or sets of dental teeth implants to anchor restorations such as:

  • Single tooth crowns
  • Longer bridges for multiple missing teeth
  • Fixed or removable denture designs

In some situations, you may need as few as 2-4 dental implants total.

Planning for Your Procedure

Decades ago, getting a dental tooth implant used to be a complex, lengthy, and painful procedure. Not anymore. Today’s designs are slimmer and shaped more like natural tooth roots, so that they’re easy to place without an invasive surgery. In fact, only local anesthetic is necessary to keep you comfortable in that area.

Your implant treatment will involve placement of the artificial root as well as delivery of the final restoration. Depending on your specific situation, this may only require one appointment or 2-3 spread over the course of a few months as your body integrates with the new restoration.

Will Insurance Cover a Dental Tooth Implant?

Depending on your carrier, most dental insurance companies will cover at least a portion of your implant treatment. It’s best to talk with your dentist or implant specialist to get an estimate as to what’s covered, depending on the type of dental tooth implant you’re considering. Any remaining balance can usually be financed at 0% interest so that it’s possible to go ahead and complete the treatment in a manner that fits comfortably with your monthly budget.

Not everyone is a candidate for implants, but modern variations such as mini dental implants are making treatment an option for more people than ever before. Talk with your provider to find out if you qualify.