Dental Implants are the #1 way to replace missing teeth. Implants offer the most predictable long term success which is why they are the present and future of dentistry. Dental Implants look and function like natural teeth without involving adjacent teeth or any removable appliances.
What is a Dental Implant?
An Implant is a small metal post made out of titanium that replaces and mimics the root of a missing tooth. Like your natural tooth roots, you do not see them and they serve as the supporting structure for the crown of the tooth. Implants are made out of titanium because this particular metal is biocompatible meaning that your body will accept it. This is the same reason knee and hip replacements are done with titanium. After the Implant is placed, a crown can be built on top of it to give you a beautiful and functional replacement tooth.
Am I a good candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are healthy and the tooth has not been missing for a long period of time then most likely you are a good candidate. Dental Implants are not an option for everyone though. Certain heart conditions, diabetes, clotting issues, and other medical conditions can be contraindications for this procedure. Another consideration is the bone quality in the area that the implant will be placed so there is sufficient support for the Implant. How long the tooth has been missing and age are the two biggest factors in determining if there is sufficient bone in the site. The best way to find out if Dental Implants are right for you is to set up an Implant Consult with us.
How much do Implants cost?
Dental Implant costs vary due to the number of teeth being replaced, individual insurances, and any treatments that may be needed prior to placing the Implant. The best way to o find out is to schedule a consult and let us come up with a treatment plan just for you. Our team of financial coordinators will work with you and your insurance to come up with an affordable payment option.
Do Implants hurt?
This is the most common question we get and the answer is no! There are no nerves in the bone making the post-op sensitivity with an Implant less than that of a filling. The only soreness that can occur is typically from the gums but you can resume normal activity in most cases the same or next day. We see every patient 1-2 weeks after an implant and everyone is always pleasantly surprised how pain free the whole process is.
How long does the Implant process take?
This can also vary but typically from the time the Implant is placed to the time you get the tooth is anywhere between 3 to 6 months. There is a waiting period when the body needs to heal and the bone fuses with the implant to make it extremely strong to support long term usage. In any case if the Implant is in an esthetic area or needed for function there is a variety of temporary tooth replacement options that can be discussed while the Implant heals. Once the Implant is integrated an impression is taken and the lab makes the final crown.