Dental Implant FAQ

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We understand that visiting a dentist can sometimes be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dental implants to address any concerns you may have. If you have specific concerns about your oral health, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled dentists.

Look through the list of questions below to find the answers you need. If you cannot find the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team. We’re here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!

What exactly is a dental implant?

Dental implants are a sophisticated form of dental restoration aimed at replacing both the root and crown of a missing tooth. Comprising an implant post, usually crafted from titanium or another biocompatible material, and an implant restoration, these implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the tooth root. Following the placement of the implant post, our specialized dentist collaborates with you to design a tailored restoration, typically a crown, bridge or denture, which is then affixed onto the implant post to complete the treatment.

What does “implant-supported denture” mean?

An implant-supported denture is a denture secured in the mouth through implants. Normally, a minimum of four implant posts are installed to stabilize the denture, although the number may vary up to eight based on individual requirements. These dentures can either “snap on” or be permanently fixed in place within the mouth.

What are the advantages of getting an implant?

In addition to restoring your smile and the functionality of chewing and speaking, implants contribute to improved long-term oral health and functionality. Upon losing a tooth, the surrounding bone tissue begins to deteriorate, impacting the health and stability of neighboring teeth. Implants mimic the function of natural tooth roots, stimulating the supporting bone structure and maintaining its health, thereby ensuring the stability of adjacent teeth.

What prerequisites exist before implant placement?

Before proceeding with a dental implant, our proficient dentist conducts a comprehensive examination of your oral cavity. This includes a review of your medical and dental history, as well as an assessment of the adequacy of your supporting bone structure for implant placement. Depending on your individual circumstances, a bone grafting procedure may be necessary beforehand to ensure adequate support and space for successful implantation.

How long can I expect my implant to last?

Dental implants are engineered to endure a lifetime with proper care. Maintaining good oral hygiene at home and attending regular preventive care appointments at our office can help preserve the longevity of your dental implant. It is important to note that while the implant itself remains firmly anchored, periodic replacement of the restoration may be necessary if it becomes damaged or worn over time.

Who qualifies for implant dentistry?

Anyone with a missing tooth is a candidate for implant dentistry. However, individuals with pre-existing dental conditions such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, or those requiring a bone graft prior to implant placement, must address these issues before proceeding with implant treatment under the guidance of our skilled dentist.

How should I care for my implant?

Proper care for your implant involves the same practices as for natural teeth – daily flossing, brushing at least twice daily, and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and care.

How many appointments are necessary for completing implant treatment?

The number of appointments required varies depending on individual factors such as the number of teeth being replaced, oral and medical history, condition of supporting bone tissue and treatment techniques. While some implant procedures can be completed in a few appointments spanning a couple of months, others may take up to a year. Following your consultation, our experienced dentist will provide you with an estimated treatment timeline.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success of dental implants hinges on factors such as oral health and home care practices. Generally, with good health and oral hygiene habits, dental implants have a success rate ranging from 90% to 95%.

How much will my implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies based on individual factors such as oral condition, need for additional pre-implant treatments, number of implants required, and type of restoration. After your initial consultation, our proficient dentist will provide you with an estimate of the treatment cost. Additionally, it is advisable to inquire with your insurance provider regarding coverage for implant-related expenses.

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