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When weighing your options for replacing a lost tooth or teeth, you may want to consider implants.

An implant is an artificial tooth surgically placed below the gums to replace lost natural teeth. The process of placing an implant is completed over the course of several dental appointments.

Eventually, the implant will fuse with your jawbone and can serve as a base for placing individual teeth, bridges, or dentures. Dentures are also an option for replacing teeth that have been lost to decay or gun disease. When all the teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw it is called a full, or complete denture. When some teeth are missing but other remain, it is called a partial denture.

Dentures may be removable or fixed. Removable dentures can be taken ou of the mouth for cleaning and dental hygiene. Fixed dentures may be anchored by implants to provide additional grip and stability. Because implants fuse to bone, they provide additional stability that helps artificial teeth feel more natural and fit more comfortably.

According to the American Dental Association, candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Modern dentistry has greatly improved the ability to wear dentures that fit well and look good. Ask your dentist about what will work best for you. There are many alternative restorations utilizing implants, fixed bridges, boned enhancement and other new techniques.

Dental implants, dentures or other restorations may be expensive and many dental plans do not offer benefits for these services. If you have been postponing a trip to a the dentist because of cost concerns, you may want to look for a plan that has some benefits for cosmetic procedures like those listed here. If you check and select the right plan for your needs you could find savings through the use of dental insurance or a discount dental plan. A discount plan is not insurance. With a discount plan you gain access to a network of dentists who have agreed to give plan participants a reduced fee for their services.


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