Dental Implants FAQ: What You Always Wanted to Know About Dental Implants
We created this Dental Implants FAQ to help you make informed decisions in the event you or a loved one need restoration of one or more teeth.
If you suffer from missing teeth, you are certainly not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, tooth loss affects more than 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, and 36 million people who don’t have any natural teeth left at all. Tooth loss can occur as a result of an accident, decaying teeth, underlying chronic conditions, and gum disease. Regardless of the cause, dental implants are in many cases an effective solution to restore the functionality and an attractive appearance to your mouth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are considered the crown jewels of tooth replacement therapy. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root anchored to your jawbone, most often made of titanium, and typically topped with a porcelain crown (although other materials are available as well).
What type of dentist can give me dental implants?
At Summit Dental Center, the dental implant procedure is performed by highly trained dentists and we have ADA-accredited prosthodontists who specialize in cosmetic dentistry in general, and dental implants in particular on staff. Our prosthodontists are dental implant specialists who have many years of experience and are well-versed in the application of advanced technology and state-of-the-art techniques for the treatment of complex dental issues.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
The removal of existing teeth and bone grafts (if needed) typically occur under oral sedation or general anesthesia, while the actual placement of the dental implants usually causes very little discomfort and local anesthesia may be enough to numb the area. Speak with your dentist to determine the best type of sedation or anesthesia for your individual comfort levels.
Dental implants vs. dentures
If reliability, optimal function, natural appearance and no-hassle maintenance are your thing, then dental implants are the way to go. While traditional dentures seem more affordable at the time of purchase, dental implants typically offer a far greater return of investment.
DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQ: A SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON
|Help maintain your facial structure and prevent jaw bone deterioration||May lead to sunken cheeks and deteriorating facial structure due to jaw bone loss|
|Look and feel natural||May feel and look awkward if not fitted precisely|
|Comfortable and secure fit||May slip and slide around the mouth|
|Fully restore biting and chewing capacity of natural teeth||Biting and chewing may be uncomfortable and not as efficient as natural teeth; some foods may remain off-limits|
|Minimal maintenance – just brush and floss like natural teeth||Must be removed nightly for cleaning|
|Can last a lifetime with proper care||Need to be adjusted or replaced periodically|
|Convenient: no special supplies needed||Inconvenient and costly: special supplies are needed for proper storage and cleaning|
|Patients report improved speech and improved smiles, resulting in improved confidence||Some people experience speech struggles and potentially awkward smiles, often resulting in self-consciousness|
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Thanks to modern technology, almost anyone can qualify to receive dental implants. In fact, dental implants have a 98% success rate. Even people with pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes for example, have successfully received dental implants. Still, some patients are at higher risk of dental implant failure and complications than others.
Be sure to tell your dentist about any health issues or lifestyle habits that may affect the outcome of your implant procedure:
- Uncontrolled diabetes or heart disease
- Gum disease
- Radiation therapy patients
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. What does proper care mean in this case? The same as it does for your natural teeth: twice-daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups.
How much do dental implants cost?
This Dental Implants FAQ wouldn’t be complete without touching on the cost of obtaining them. The thing is, no two patients are the same and the final expense varies from person to person. Understandably, there is no one-size-fits-all pricing for dental implants, but we can share some pricing factors that should be considered when estimating the complexity of your procedure, and therefore its cost:
- Do existing natural teeth need to be pulled?
- Does the patient need a bone graft?
- How many dental implants are needed/desired?
- What type of sedative does the patient request?
- What crown material will be used?
- Does the patient’s insurance cover none, all, or part of the procedure?
- Does the patient experience complications?
The answers to all these and other questions greatly influence the final cost of your dental implants. Fortunately, Summit Dental Center offers flexible dental financing plans with zero interest and low affordable monthly payments so you can smile now and pay later! We don’t even require a credit check, so go ahead and apply here.
To find out exactly how much YOU can expect to invest in a gorgeous, functional, brilliant new smile, call us today at 713-425-0450 for a personal consultation and custom estimate. Learn more about dental implants at Summit Dental Center and details about the procedure here.