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Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are a wonderful way to complete a smile after tooth loss. If you have questions about how they work, how much they cost, or anything else, you’re not alone -- and we’ve got answers. Keep reading for the dental implant FAQ!

What are dental implants?

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A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that can be inserted beneath the gum line where a missing tooth’s root structure once was. Once here, bone tissue will begin to grow until the implant post has fully fused together with the jaw. This process creates a stable foundation for replacement teeth to be affixed on top of the posts.

What are dental implants made of?

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Dental implants are usually made of titanium, a sturdy, biocompatible material that the body accepts without issue. Patients with a sensitivity or allergy to metal, however, may need a ceramic or zirconia implant.

What is the procedure for dental implants like?

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Dental implant procedures are completed in two major phases: the initial surgical implantation and the final restoration. In all, this process takes between six months and a year to complete.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

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Compared to non-implant retained options in tooth replacement, there are a number of advantages to dental implants. They include:

  • Implants stabilize the jaw bone for better oral health
  • Dental implants look and feel natural
  • A sturdy tooth replacement promotes a balanced, nutritious diet
  • It’s easier to speak clearly with dental implants
  • With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from one missing tooth to an entire arch of lost teeth in the upper or lower jaw. An individual implant post can support a single dental crown, while multiple implants can help a bridge or complete denture stay secure.

What do dental implants cost?

There is no fixed price for dental implant procedures. The cost of yours will depend on a few factors, including the health of your jawbone, how many teeth you are missing, where in the jaw they are located, and more. We can give you a good estimate for what you should expect to pay during an implant consultation.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

No. Unfortunately, dental insurance usually requires you to choose the least expensive treatment option -- which excludes dental implants. However, you may be eligible for coverage for parts of the procedure, like the crown or denture. We can help you determine just what dental insurance will help with.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Many adults who have lost teeth are eligible for replacement with dental implants. In general, you should be in good oral and overall health to undergo and heal from the initial implantation procedure. To find out if you are eligible for dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment with our office.

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