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Dental Implant

Dental Implant FAQ

Dental Implants are man made bio-compatible titanium tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone an abutment is connected to the implant and a crown is permanently attached forming a replacement tooth that can last for a lifetime.

Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing teeth. The jaw bone requires consistent daily chewing forces to maintain proper form and bone density. Dental Implants supply the jawbone with proper chewing force enough to stop jawbone resorption.

Best of all, implants can restore chewing ability equal to natural teeth.

  • Dental Implants Explained

    Dental implants are man made titanium tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once an implant has been incorporated into the jawbone a crown is attached forming a replacement tooth that often lasts for a lifetime.

    Dental implants are the new standard for replacing teeth. The jaw bone requires consistent daily chewing forces to maintain proper form and bone density. Dental Implants supply the jaw bone with proper chewing force enough to minimize jawbone atrophy called 'resorption'.

    Best of all, implants can restore your natural chewing ability.

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  • Can dental implants replace failing teeth?

    Of course, dental implants are the best way to restore failing teeth. Implants will minimize bone loss and if maintained will outlast bridgework and dentures. Best of all you can bite and chew like natural teeth. back to index

  • What are dental implants made of? Is there a chance of rejection?

    Implants have documented success rates over 95% for over 30 years. Implants are currently the standard for tooth replacement. Implants are the closest thing to natural teeth in appearance and function. Most implants are made of titanium. The human body accepts titanium very well, with little chance of rejection. back to index

  • Do I qualify for dental implant treatment?

    Patients missing one or more teeth that are in good health should qualify. Adequate bone is necessary but treatment is available to augment the jawbone if necessary. back to index

  • Should I replace my dentures with dental implants?

    Implants will restore your natural bite so there will be no restrictions on what you can bite and chew. But more importantly, without teeth providing a load to the supporting bone the jawbone will shrink. This is known as resorption. back to index

  • How long will dental implant treatment take?

    It depends upon the condition of the jawbone that supports the implant. If an additional procedure is necessary to augment the bone it could take between six to nine months. Some patients may qualify for Immediate Load known as "same day implants". back to index

  • Do dental implants require extra care and maintenance.

    No. Just normal dental hygiene exactly as you would care for your natural teeth. Get regular checkups, floss and brush daily and your dental implants will likely last for a lifetime. back to index

  • How long will a dental implant last?

    Dental implants are intended to be permanent and have a documented success rate of over 95%. They do, like any dental restoration, require proper oral hygiene and regular check-up visits to your dentist. In contrast to the average dental bridge that will last from 7-10 years and partials last about five years before replacement is necessary. back to index

  • Can my existing dentures be secured with a dental implant?

    The answer to this question will depend on whether or not the anchor will fit. You will need to make a consult appointment so that the doctor can evaluate your specific situation.

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  • Compare Dental Implants, Dentures and the Dental Bridge

    Dental Implants are embedded into the jaw bone so surrounding teeth are unaffected, in contrast a Dental Bridge requires the surrounding teeth, called abutment teeth, to be irreversibly modified with mounting hardware for the false tooth/teeth called the pontic. The pontic actually bridges the gap made between the lost teeth. The bridge is not a substitute for the tooth root and will not exercise the jaw bone to prevent atrophy. Both the gums and bone at the missing tooth gap eventually recede, leading to an unpleasing appearance.

    Dentures can look unnatural and feel unpleasant. Dentures often require frequent dental visits for adjustments or even complete replacement do to gum atrophy. Additionally, full arch dentures can be expected to result in bone resorption (reduction) of the jaw bone requiring costly additional treatment.

    Dental Implants are integrated into the jaw bone so surrounding teeth are unaffected and normal chewing pressure maintains the health of the gums and jaw bone. Implants have none of the drawbacks connected to the dental bridge or denture. back to index

  • Do dental implants require special care?

    Home care for a dental implant single tooth or for a dental implant crown and bridge is cleaned like a natural tooth, with regular brushing, flossing and regularly schedule hygiene appointments as directed by your dentist. Home care is a little more complicated for people who are missing all of their teeth, in that special brushes and floss are often recommended. Permanently fixed implant supported replacement teeth are cleaned like all other bridges. If a surgical specialists who placed the implant(s) is involved, they may want to see you at least once each year in addition to your regular dentist. These visits, combined with proper home care, are essential to the long term success of implant treatment. back to index

  • What is the cost of dental implant Treatment?

    The actual cost of dental implant treatment is based on a number of factors, such as the number of missing teeth being replaced, the type of implant supported teeth (treatment option) recommended and whether additional procedures are necessary to achieve the proper esthetic and functional result. The only way to accurately estimate the cost for an individual patient is to have an examination and consultation with your dental specialist. The total fee is usually comparable to other methods of tooth replacement; however, long-term, implant treatment is generally more cost effective than other options, such as bridges, partials and dentures that need to be replaced every 5-10 years. back to index

  • Is dental implant treatment covered by my insurance?

    Dental insurance coverage of implant treatment depends on your individual policy. Dental benefits are determined by the amount an employer is willing to spend on the policy. Generally, dental policies cover basic routine preventive maintenance, basic care and emergencies. Most insurance plans only cover the basics with an annual maximum allowable benefit of $1,000-$1,500. Most insurance plans do not include dental implant coverage; however, often they will pay the same benefit they would cover for the lowest cost alternative treatment option (partials and dentures) and some of the diagnostic records, if a specific request is made for alternative benefits. You should review your dental insurance plan and your medical insurance plan to see the coverages. Medical coverage is very rare and Medicare does not cover implant treatment. All in all, it is best to assume that there is no medical insurance coverage available.
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