What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root of 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 permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent 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 permanent and you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment. The procedure is very successful and fairly inexpensive.
Who can place a dental implant?
Many dentists are able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, the doctor will recommend you to an oral surgeon, prosthodontist or a periodontist that will perform the procedure.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implant (s) will vary based on the level of experience your doctor has, how many implants you are having placed, the amount of insurance coverage, along with other miscellaneous factors. Financing plans are available.
Do implants hurt?
That is a very good question. They do not. 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?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.