Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants are among the most effective and popular means of replacing lost teeth, but many people don’t understand what they are or how they work. So let’s clear a few things up.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is made from a small metal post (made of titanium or a similar substance), an abutment and a crown. The post is surgically inserted into the jawbone to play the role of your tooth’s root, and the crown has the appearance and function of a natural tooth. You'll find that dental implants do compare to a real tooth.
How come Dental Implants have become so Popular?
Dental implants enjoy a high level of popularity because they are the most effective method for replacing missing teeth. They look and function just like normal teeth and offer benefits that other tooth replacement options can’t. For example, dentures can click or slip when you speak or eat, but implants won’t. Implants also keep your jawbone healthy by stimulating it the way tooth roots do.
How long does it take to get Dental Implants?
The duration of the procedure(s) will depend on the patient’s individual needs, medical and dental history, the materials used, and the health of the patient’s jawbone. Our specialists will first provide a diagnosis and then present you with a treatment plan that will include the estimated length of the treatment. The process usually only lasts a few months, but it can last more than a year for patients with complicated conditions.
What is the Price Range for Dental Implants?
Because each patient is different, the number of appointments and procedures they’ll need will vary. Ask your insurance provider how much they will cover.
How Safe are Dental Implants?
Dental experts have utilized dental implants for decades and have declared them a safe and effective method of tooth replacement. Our skilled team knows how to avoid complications and deal with any problems that might occur. Nevertheless, it is essential that you review your medical history with us during the initial consultation and list any factors that might impact the procedure.
Is Getting Dental Implants Painful?
Some patients are worried that the procedure is painful, but we offer sedatives during the treatment and instructions for home care during the recovery period. Most patients are able to return to work and their usual routine the next day. Some patients experience slight discomfort or bruising, but this is temporary.
Are Dental Implants Safe for Children?
If a child has lost a permanent tooth, they can receive dental implants. For the best results, contact us as soon as possible after the tooth is lost. Keep in mind that a child’s jaw will keep growing into the late teens, so we generally wait to perform the procedure until after it has finished growing. Facial growth and development are usually completed at age 18 for boys and age 16 for girls.
How do I take care of my Dental Implants?
Caring for your dental implants is no different from the way you care for your regular teeth. Brush, floss, and come in for check-ups twice a year to keep both your natural and your artificial teeth in good condition. If we place your dental implants effectively and you care for them properly, they’ll last for decades.
For more information, please contact our office at 214-363-9946 and find out if dental implants are safe for you.