Do you have questions about dental implants? We’d be happy to answer all your questions in a complimentary consultation. If you’re not ready to come visit us yet, check out our most frequently asked questions below.
When you are ready to come in, call us at [phone] or email us at [email].
Do I need an implant? Why can’t I just leave a gap between my teeth?
People are tempted to do this, especially if the missing tooth is at the back of their mouth and you can’t really see it. Unfortunately, there are some long-term complications with leaving a gap between teeth.
When you lose a tooth, the bone in your jaw below that tooth starts to shrink. This can result in the shifting of your teeth, leading to a domino effect of tooth loss. It can also cause facial sagging, making you look older than you are.
While dental restorations like bridges can stop the shifting of teeth, they don’t prevent bone loss like a dental implant does.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of a small titanium cylinder, which is anchored to the jawbone under the gums. Once that heals, about 4 months later, an abutment and crown is attached to the implant.
Is an implant right for me?
We offer a wide variety of implant services, each designed to address a specific need.
- Standard implants are simply a replacement for one tooth.
- Implant-supported bridges are for patients missing more than one tooth.
- All-on-4 and All-on-6 solutions are permanent, full-mouth restorations if you need to replace all your teeth.
- Implant-supported and implant-retained dentures offer a way to get greater support and retention from the dentures you already have.
To know for sure if an implant is right for you, it’s best to come in for an initial consultation. You can call us at [phone] or email us at [email] to book your consultation now.
Is it painful to get a dental implant?
Most patients report that they feel very little, if any, pain after the procedure. In fact, many patients do not use any pain pills and are able to go back to work the very next day. Plus, implants will help you AVOID pain and discomfort in the long term.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
There are numerous benefits to implants including:
- They are permanent and non-removable, making them more convenient than dentures that need to be cleaned daily.
- They look and feel like regular, natural teeth.
- You’ll feel more confident with them because you won’t have to worry about them dislodging like dentures do.
- They give you back ~95% of your biting power so you can eat anything you like. Most people report healthier eating with implants.
- You don’t need to use terrible tasting denture adhesives.
- They are much more comfortable than dentures.
- They prevent jawbone deterioration and keep your face looking more youthful.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. The most important factor is if you have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. Even if your bone has deteriorated, an oral surgeon or periodontist may still be able to perform dental implant surgery by using bone grafting to rebuild the jaw.
Dr. [last name] can determine this during the planning process for the procedure.
Will I need to take time off from work?
Most people prefer to take the rest of the day off after an implant procedure but are ok to go back to work the next day. For extensive implant procedures or extensive bone grafting, Dr. [last name] may recommend that you take off additional time. You may also need to take pain medication after surgery that could interfere with your ability to drive.
How expensive is an implant?
It depends on your teeth, and what implant procedure is best for you, but you may be surprised how affordable treatment can be, especially with our long-term, interest-free payment plans. To get an estimate, come in for an initial consultation.
If you have any questions, just give us a call at [phone] or email us at [email].