What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium post that is placed into the jaw bone. A crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just 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 and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment.
Who can place a dental implant?
Some general dentists place implants in their own office depending on their training. Dr. Keller recommends that her patients get the surgical portion of the implant placement at a facility better equipped to handle the procedure; an implantologist, an oral surgeon, or another specialist that will perform the surgical portion. When the implant is ready to receive a crown, she will then take over the treatment. The total treatment will not cost you more even if the treatment is divided this way.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, how many implants you are having placed, amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to study your case in detail.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options. The surgical portion can be done under various modes of sedation. Most people get the restorative portion done without any need for sedation or even local anesthesia.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.