General Questions

Dental implants are the most natural looking way to replace missing teeth. Made of titanium, dental implants are designed to replace the root structure of missing teeth, thereby providing support and stability for the replacement teeth. They are the longest-lasting solution available.

Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat any foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and they procedure is very successful and fairly inexpensive.

Your dentist may be able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will refer you to an implantologist, cosmetic dentist, or another specialist that will perform the procedure.

Typically, they last longer than conventional dental work, as long as you take care of them properly with daily cleaning, just like your natural teeth, (floss, brush, etc.). When properly maintained and good oral health exists, it is possible for implants to last a lifetime.

The cost of implants varies depending on the number of implants you need, the condition of your teeth and jawbone, and the type of replacement teeth your dentist builds. Often the cost is not much more than the cost of permanent bridgework.

Specific Questions

Our patients tell us that there is very little to no discomfort associated with the placement of an implant, and there is minimal to no swelling. General anesthesia is available for those who prefer not to be awake during the procedure.

Surgical placement of a dental implant will take roughly an hour. In most cases, a temporary tooth can be made at the same time as the tooth is removed and the implant is placed. In other cases, the implants are placed and the bone has to heal for several months before placing the final tooth. The dental implant procedure usually takes 3 months for the lower jaw and 4-6 months for the upper jaw allowing for the implant to fully integrate with your bone. However, everyone heals differently, so our team will monitor your progress closely.

You will not need to go without replacement teeth. If the implants are not provisionalized immediately with temporary teeth, then a temporary prosthesis can be made for you. If your teeth were already missing, you may continue using your removable prosthesis with minor adjustments for your comfort during the healing period.

Yes, you will need to continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis for hygiene. It is important to maintain your oral health.

Typically, they last longer than conventional dental work, as long as you take care of them properly with daily cleaning, just like your natural teeth, (floss, brush, etc.). When properly maintained and good oral health exists, it is possible for implants to last a lifetime.

Tooth loss leads to bone loss, which may require a more complicated treatment in the future. You will also have to continue to get your removable prosthesis or denture adjusted, relined or even replaced from time to time. The attachments on a partial tug on adjacent teeth and your chewing ability will not be improved. In addition to that, there will be costs for future denture adhesives and cleaners. Your denture can cause you discomfort and pain and may lead to a worsened condition as the jawbone deteriorates.

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