Dental Implant FAQs

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are a new permanent root for a missing tooth.  Screws made of titanium are inserted directly in to the jaw bone.  An abutment, as well as a crown, are placed on the implant that is permanent and will have the look and feel of a natural tooth.

How are dental implants different than dentures?

Dentures differ from dental implants because they are a set of teeth, or partial set of teeth, that can be removed.  They also need to be cared for differently than normal teeth.  Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth and have no special needs when cared for.  They are just like your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Unlike dentures, dental implants have a natural look and feel to them and are permanent.  There is no need to worry about eating or not eating certain foods or being embarrassed for any reason.  Dental implant procedures are quite successful and reasonably priced as well.

Who can place a dental implant?

With proper training, many dentists can perform the procedure needed to place a dental implant themselves right in their office.  Otherwise, they would refer you to a reliable cosmetic dentist, implantologist, or another specialist that would be able to complete the procedure.

How much do implants cost?

Pricing on dental implant procedures will vary.  Some of the factors to determine cost include the level of experience of your dentist, the number of implants being placed, whether or not insurance will cover any costs and more.  A consultation with us will help us establish a price for implants for you and whether a financing plan is necessary.

Do dental implants hurt?

Local anesthetic is used before the procedure starts, so that you will not feel any pain.  Should you have any concerns or have any fear or anxiety, you and your dentist can discuss sedation alternatives.

How long do implants last?

Implants are just like your natural teeth.  With proper care your implants will last your entire life.  Having good habits with your oral hygiene and scheduling regular dental visits are the keys to successfully maintaining your implant.

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