What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a man-made replacement root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is long-lasting and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different from dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth. Dental implants are fixed (i.e., remain in place) replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are durable and stable, and you can eat the foods you want without fear of embarrassment. When used appropriately, the procedure is very predictable and versatile.
Who can place a dental implant?
Your dentist may be able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will recommend you to a prosthodontist, oral surgeon, or another specialist that will perform the procedure.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, how many implants you are having placed, amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options with your dentist.
How long do implants last?
Like any dental prosthetic device, implants depend on the health of the gum and bone tissues supporting them. When cared for properly, implant durability compares favorably with more traditional prosthetic approaches. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.