Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a safe, successful and predictable man made “tooth root” constructed of lightweight titanium. It is gently placed into the jawbone where it fuses to the bone. This forms a secure foundation upon which a replacement crown is placed.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Because your replacement teeth are firmly anchored, there is no slipping and sliding commonly associated with conventional partials and complete dentures. Adjacent teeth don’t have to be filed down resulting in weaker teeth having to provide more support for a bridge. Your biting and chewing function will be fully restored. You will be able to eat your favorite foods again. Best of all you will be able to speak and smile again with confidence.
Are there any benefits for my jawbone and surrounding teeth?
Yes! Without tooth roots to keep the jawbone healthy, it slowly reabsorbs, or shrinks, changing the shape of your jaw and face. By integrating with the jawbone, dental implants keep the bone “alive” and healthy. Once a tooth has been removed the bone slowly begins to dissolve like an ice cube, placement of a dental implant stops this process.
Will my replacement teeth look natural?
The results will likely exceed your expectations in regards to appearance, comfort and function. They will feel and look like a second set of permanent teeth. It has been said that dental implants are the most successful body replacement part known to man.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Almost everyone whose jawbone has fully developed is a candidate for dental implants. The main limitation is the amount of available bone. A consultation is necessary to determine if dental implants are right for you. If you suffer from significant general health conditions a thorough medical work up is necessary to determine if you would be a candidate.
Who will perform my procedure?
Dental implant treatment typically uses a team approach involving an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.
Can this be done in the office?
Yes! We have assembled a world class team to support you from your initial to final appointment. Our surgical team has been well trained specifically for implant treatment. We adhere to a strict sterile protocol for infection control. Our goal is to create a safe secure state of the art environment for your care.
Is the procedure painful?
With modern anesthesia, you are unlikely to experience any discomfort during implant placement. Afterwards, discomfort will be based on the extent of your procedure. Most patients tell us the benefits of their implant far outweigh any discomfort they may experience. The surgery is quite delicate and the implants placed are tiny, so most patients are very comfortable throughout and after the procedure.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. You will be able to brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist.
Initially a soft diet will be necessary. We will provide detailed instruction on care and diet at the time of your surgery.
Is financing available?
Yes, we can help you set up various means of financing. Please inquire at your consultation visit.
What has led to the increased popularity of dental implants?
Recent advancements have led to predictable, safe and successful treatment. The surgery has become less involved and thus more widely accepted. In many cases only one surgical procedure is necessary.