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Dental Implant FAQs

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a term used for the permanent new root for a missing tooth.  It consists of a titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone.  An abutment is connected to a crown and then placed on top of the dental implant.  A dental implant procedure provides a new tooth that is permanent and looks like a natural tooth.

How are dental implants different than dentures?

Dentures are a removable set of teeth (or partial set of teeth) that need to be removed daily and cared for in a special manner.  They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to the feel of them in your mouth.  Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth and do not feel bulky or foreign.  They can be cared for just like natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The biggest benefit of dental implants is that they look and feel just like real teeth.  They are also permanent and you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment.  The dental implant procedure is also very successful and fairly inexpensive.

Who can place a dental implant?

Your dentist may be able to perform dental implants in their office based on their level of training.  If not, your dentist can recommend you to an implantologist, cosmetic dentist, or another specialist that can perform the procedure.

How much do implants cost?

The price of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your dentist, how many implants you are having placed, the amount of insurance coverage, and more.  Schedule a consultation with us now to determine an estimated price for your dental implants and a financing plan if necessary.

Do dental implants hurt?

No, dental implants do not hurt!  A local anesthetic will be given to you before the procedure begins, so that you do not feel any pain.  If you have anxiety or fear, you should discuss sedation options with your dentist during consultations.

How long do implants last?

When cared for properly, dental implants should last a lifetime.  Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are vital to the success of your implant.

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