If you have missing teeth, whether a single tooth or multiple, our dental implants may be the perfect solution for you.
What exactly are implants?
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone. One or more missing teeth can be replaced by attaching a crown, a fixed bridge, or a full set of dentures on top of the implants.
Do implants require surgery?
In most cases implants can be placed using a local anesthesia right in our office. Only more complex and extreme cases require a surgical approach outside of our office, which would take place with a recommended specialist.
What material are implants made of?
The implant material, which is typically pure titanium, is extremely biocompatible and the bone treats the implant just as if it was made out of bone.
Who are considered the best candidates for implants?
Most patients who have good oral hygiene and no restrictions for oral surgery are able to receive implants without complication. We assess the potential implant site to determine whether there is sufficient bone volume and gum thickness to allow placement of an implant.
What type of consultation is done to determine if implants are right for each patient?
We begin by providing a clinical examination that will involve inspection, palpation, and gentle probing of the potential implant site and adjacent teeth. In most cases, simple dental x-rays are usually sufficient to examine the bone. In more complex cases, specialized implant x-rays, known as tomograms, are usually required.
Does insurance cover this cost?
Usually dental insurance plans will help pay for the procedure, but all dental insurance plans are different. Check with your dental plan administrator and be sure to discuss it with our office manager.
How secure are implants?
Just like teeth, implants are not made to come out. Implants are not the same as natural teeth but they function and feel very much like natural teeth. For patients that have lived with removable appliances, the implant will feel much more secure.
How long does it take to heal?
On average, a time period of 3-6 months is required to ensure the implants are fully healed and we will regularly assess your progress. Because teeth cannot be attached until the healing process is complete, we can apply a functional and aesthetic application for you. Once the teeth are more permanently placed, we will continue to monitor your progress and make sure everything is healthy.