Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants are often used to allow replacement teeth even when none of the original tooth root is left. Our patients often have a lot of questions about dental implants and how to prepare for the procedure.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
Healthy patients who need a tooth extraction are often good candidates for dental implants. Dental implants require adequate bone in the jaw and good overall health in order for the procedure to be recommended. One or more missing teeth that were lost due to injury, decay or disease might be able to be replaced with dental implants. Your gum tissue must also be healthy and free of periodontal disease.
If you are missing one or more teeth, but the nearby teeth are in good condition, you may want to look into dental implants. Our patients are looking for a dental solution that will make their smile whole again and dental implants will look and feel like your original teeth.
Are There Different Kinds of Implants?
There are two main types of dental implants:
Endosteal (in the bone) – Most common form of implant and uses a surgical post inserted into the bone to support one or more prosthetic teeth. This is often a good alternative for patients considering bridges or dentures and often allows healthy, surrounding teeth to be spared (unlike bridges which use nearby teeth for support).
Subperiosteal (on the bone) – Placed on top of the jaw, these implants are for those who don’t have enough bone height and cannot wear traditional dentures.
What Should I Expect With a Dental Implant Procedure?
Anesthesia is used for the surgery so you are not in any discomfort and you can be completely relaxed while the implants are placed. Our patients usually report only minimal discomfort once they are home and are typically able to return to work the next day. Most procedures are done in a series of steps over the course of several months, although some cases allow implants to be placed immediately.
How much will Dental Implants Cost?
This process will all dependent on how many implants you need, what type of prosthesis is used and your individual case. Your dentist will be able to examine you and help you have a clearer understanding of how much the total cost will be. Insurance often covers at least part of this procedure, but it will depend on your individual plan and may require extended coverage.
Are Dental Implants Successful?
This is a proven process that has been performed over three decades by dentists on patients like you. Dental implants allow natural looking and feeling teeth for a more complete smile. Our patients are happy with the results, but good oral hygiene is the most important factor for long-lasting implants.
If you have more questions about dental implants or solutions for your oral health, please contact us today. We can set up a consultation to provide you with all the options you have and help you understand any costs involved.