What are the reasons for having dental implants?

You should know that after the extraction of one (or more) tooth (s), it is quite possible to consider the installation of a dental implant, for various reasons. Which ones?

First, what is a dental implant? A dental implant is a high-tech replacement tooth that imitates the entire dental structure: a titanium screw (acting as a root) or zirconia or polymer, is inserted into the bone (more precisely in the maxilla or mandible) and used to support a crown, bridge or prosthesis.

Why place dental implants?

Dental implants are the best solution to simulate the appearance, feel and function of natural teeth. Indeed, dental implants do much more than replace missing teeth: they help maintain and strengthen bone structure, provide the opportunity to chew healthy food and give patients the confidence to smile. They also protect existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure. These implants therefore offer a marked improvement in general quality of life.

Once a tooth is permanently lost, several things start to happen, which are not immediately visible, and which can have a significant negative effect on health and appearance. You should know that the roots of the teeth, in addition to helping to keep them in place, are essential for maintaining the health of the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jaw is a major problem that occurs naturally after a tooth is lost.

So, this bone loss can compromise the integrity of the neighboring tooth roots and the stability of the teeth, and it is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” appearance that can be seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. This is the reason why patients who wear dentures find that over time they become more and more difficult to install and maintain.

Fortunately, the placement of dental implants can help generate bone growth in the area around the implant, which not only strengthens the bone and general support, but can also alleviate that sagging appearance that can occur due to bone loss in the jaw. This process is known as osseointegration (more specifically, it is the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of an artificial implant) and is a significant advantage of the placement of the implant because it can also help prevent future bone loss.

In addition to health reasons, it is just as important for people who use dental implants to be able to find a beautiful smile (and the confidence that ensues). Whether replacing a tooth or more, implants are a notable solution for restoring and maintaining dental health.

How much does a dental implant cost?

At present, in France, the price of implants is still very high: indeed, its average price is between 1,300 and 1,500 euros (but some clinics also offer prices ranging from 800 to 2,500 euros, or even more).

This price varies according to several elements: the price of the prosthetic act (ie the cost of the prosthesis itself, the difficulty of the intervention, the cost of the materials used, etc.), all the techniques used by the dental surgeon, as well as the fees and charges related to the chosen office.

But there are also other options for having a low cost dental implant , such as going abroad to perform the procedure. But beware ! In this case, be very careful and ask for opinions and testimonies. Indeed, many foreign clinics carry out operations at low prices but of very poor quality, which is enough to bitterly regret.

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