Common Questions Our Patients Ask About Dental Implants
Any procedure pertaining to dental health should be undertaken with caution, and only after conducting thorough research. You want to be absolutely sure that you’re the right candidate for the procedure, that you have a full understanding of the costs involved, and have a complete picture of what you can expect following the procedure. Here are few of our most frequently-asked questions about dental implants, to help you figure out if it’s the right choice for you.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a cylindrical and/or tapered post often made of titanium. A connector is built into the top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth, and then a crown is custom-made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants serve as substitutes for natural teeth, are utilized as replacements by those who have lost a tooth.
What can I expect from the process?
Your dentist will place the implant into the jawbone, and the implant is designed to fuse with your natural jawbone. Once the implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
How do I know it’s time to consider dental implants?
As soon as you lose a tooth, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Over time, the bone wears down and decays, leaving a weaker structure on which to affix the implant, so seeing a dentist quickly is important.
Are dental implants right for me?
When one or multiple teeth are lost due to dental decay or gum disease, dental implants are a good option for replacing them. Dental implants can last a lifetime and improve your appearance, confidence, and allow you to continue eating the foods you like and participating in an active lifestyle. Since dental implants are made of titanium, they are immune to dental decay!
How durable are dental implants?
If maintained properly—i.e. regularly brushing, flossing, and following the dental recommendations made at check-ins—dental implants can last upwards of forty years. Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease, but gum health is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. Conscientious home care, coupled with regular professional cleanings, are essential elements for dental implant sustainability.
Are metal-free implants available?
Almost all materials used for teeth replacements use varying quantities of metal ions. Like hip, shoulder, and knee implants, dental implants are made of titanium alloy, which is highly biocompatible. Currently, there are no viable alternatives.
About how much can I expect to pay?
The cost of replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is generally the same as replacing it with a regular fixed bridge. Dental implant treatment often qualifies for some insurance coverage, but as with any medical procedure, every patient’s situation is unique. Cost will always vary based on patient needs, bone quantity, and region.
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