Dental Implant FAQs


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Are there are advantages to dental implants?
Dental implants are a long-term solution for teeth that are missing. They are safe and comfortable, and they look and function like natural teeth.  Chewing can happen without pain or discomfort and there is no slipping, as may occur with dentures.  Implants strengthen the bone and help maintain normal structure in the face.  They can build confidence because they improve your smile.

Why should I get dental implants?
When teeth are missing, they can cause a number of dental problems. The bone begins to deteriorate shortly after the teeth are gone, which allows the remaining teeth to get loose. This can affect your bite and your ability to eat, as well as the way you speak and the way you feel about your smile.  Missing teeth can eventually lead to a sunken-in facial structure.  Getting implants can help to alleviate all of these issues.

Can everyone get dental implants?
Most people are candidates for implants, but an individual consultation is necessary to make a proper evaluation.  Some people may require other procedures prior to receiving implants.

Is the surgery to place the implants painful?
A local anesthetic is used to assist with any discomfort or pain the patient may feel.  After the surgery your doctor may prescribe a pain reducing medication to help reduce further discomfort.

How long is the recovery period after receiving implants?
Many patients are able to go back to normal activities the day following the procedure.  Your doctor will talk to you about your recovery plan before you receive the procedure.

Is there a possibility that my implants won't be successful?
Statistically, the titanium of the dental implants fuses with the jawbone successfully 97 percent of the time.  If your implants do not integrate well, your doctor will re-situate the implants in a different location in the jaw to try to get better integration.

What kind of special care is required after the implants have been successfully installed?
Patients should treat implants with the same dental hygiene care that they give their natural teeth, brushing and flossing them daily and scheduling checkups every six months.

Will my dental insurance help to pay for the cost of the implants?
Because each insurance company is different, you will need to check with your own company.  Some policies will cover the implant cost for the same amount they would pay for dentures or bridges.

What is the danger in not getting implants?
Without implants, the bone will continue to deteriorate and this will impact your other teeth.  Dentures may not fit well, and your ability to eat may also be negatively impacted.  In addition, the facial structure may suffer.  Bone deterioration may lead to the need for bone grafts if implants are wanted in the future.

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