What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new foundation for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the site of the missing tooth. 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. You can eat the foods that you want to eat without any fear of embarrassment. The procedure is highly successful and can give you many years of use.
Who can place a dental implant?
The placement of an implant is a surgicial proceedure and requires special training. A general dentist can place implants if properly trained but usually an oral surgeon or a periodontist would be doing thia kind of surguery.
How much do implants cost?
Their are 2 distinct costs associated with implants. The first is the surgical fee and the second is the restorative fee. The surgical fee will vary depending on the complication of the site of the missing tooth and the need for special attention. The restoration of the implant which is the placement of the abutment and the crown is usually more predictable in cost. These costs can be estimated by the general dentist and your surgeon.
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?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.