There are many reasons for which people postpone dental procedures, and even more so in relation to dental implants. Usually, many of our patients don’t even know how easily and painlessly their problems can be solved – yet they can. A dental implant is actually just a small surgical component. It interfaces with the bone to provide a strong anchor that lasts a lifetime.

Types of dental implants

Modern dental implants have many types and forms. They all have in their base a biological process called osseointegration. In this process, a titanium post forms a close bond to bone.

In order for any implant procedure to be successful, the most important thing is the general condition, the quantity and quality of the very bone used to place the implant, and this is usually the upper back jaw.The process used sometimes is called sinus augmentation and it is used to raise the sinus floor- This way, the bone for the placement of dental implants is developed and enhanced.

Another process is called ridge modification which is used to correct any defects by filling it with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge.

What is a dental implant procedure like?

We start by consulting with you and evaluating your needs and your oral health. We need to specify and determine where and how your implant should be placed. The condition of your jaw bone, gums and teeth overall, as well as the type of the dental implant chosen will help develop a personally tailored dental implantation plan and a treatment perfectly developed to meet your dental needs. The dental implant fixing process starts with a titanium post being placed in a manner that ensures that full osseointegration. After this, a ceramic tooth is fixed to the post.

How long does it take for a dental implant to integrate?

In any medical or dental process, there is a healing time. In the case of dental implants, healing time varies. The time that is required for osseointegration to take place before either the ceramic tooth is attached, depends on the overall condition and the state and context of each individual case. Most patients see successful osseointegration in 3-5 months. It generally takes another 2 months to create the ceramic tooth and fix it to the post.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental insurance companies have realized the long term effects of covering dental issues as they arise is far more beneficial both to them and the patients. This is now especially true for dental implants. Insurance companies now cover dental implants due to the long term cost effectiveness versus bridges or complications of not replacing an extracted tooth.

Alaska Smiles is committed to elevating and improving the quality of life for our fellow Alaskans, by providing dentistry based on integrity.

If you are thinking of venturing into some of the processes of cosmetic dentistry, feel free to contact us.