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Dental Implant FAQs

What is a dental implant? What is it made of?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. This is then attached to a metal support called an abutment, and this is topped with a natural-looking all-porcelain dental restoration in order to fully replace the tooth.

Are dental implants a better choice for tooth replacement than bridges?

While a bridge can effectively replace a single missing tooth or a few in a row, it requires the healthy teeth surrounding the gap to be cut down in order to support it. Bridges also typically need to be replaced multiple times over the course of a person’s life. Dental implants, however, don’t require any of your teeth to be reshaped, helping you preserve your natural dental structure, and they can easily last for a patient’s entire life if properly cared for.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

Dental implants are actually quite versatile and can replace any number of teeth, whether that be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch.

How exactly do you place a dental implant?

Dental implant placement is a very minor surgical procedure we can complete right here in our office thanks to our periodontist, Dr. Podolsky. After thoroughly numbing you, he will make a small incision in your gums to expose your jawbone, and then he will create a pilot hole in which he’ll precisely place the implant.

Does the dental implant procedure hurt?

Thanks to modern-day dental techniques, most implant surgeries are not painful in the slightest! Most patients actually say that it is even easier than having a tooth removed. You may experience a little swelling afterward, but this can be easily managed.

How long does it take to heal from dental implant placement?

Your healing time will depend on a number of factors, such as the density of your jawbone as well as how many implants you had placed. In most cases, patients need about 4-5 months to heal. During this time, the implant post(s) will actually meld directly with the jawbone, creating more stability for the replacement teeth. If you require any bone grafting to build up your jaw beforehand, this may add to your overall healing time as well.

After dental implant surgery, can I return to work?

Most patients are able to go right back to work after having their dental implants placed, but if your surgery was more complicated, we may advise that you take about 2 or 3 days to rest.

Could implants help with loose or ill-fitting dentures?

Yes they can. With a few strategically placed implants, they can actually support a full denture that is much more stable than a traditional removable prosthetic. Implant-retained dentures also have the advantage of improving bite function as well, enabling patients to eat many foods typical denture wearers have to avoid.

How long do dental implants last?

Unlike most tooth replacements that measure their longevity in years, dental implants’ lifespan is typically measured in decades. With the proper maintenance, they can easily last for 30 years or more.

Do dental implants ever fail?

Dental implants have about a 98% success rate if placed by a qualified doctor, but factors like poor healing, a lack of oral hygiene, or an infection in the gums or bone surrounding the implant may cause it to fail.

Can a smoker get dental implants?

Yes. However, they are at a much higher risk of developing complications, so your dentist in Midtown East will recommend that you at least stop smoking around the time of your surgery in order to guarantee a positive outcome.

How much do dental implants cost?

The average cost of an implant, including the procedure to place it and the parts that make it up, is usually about $3,000 for a single tooth. Many insurance plans provide coverage for dental implants, and because of their longevity compared to other tooth replacements, they actually tend to be the more cost-effective option over time.

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Are dental implants right for me?

Certain factors determine whether dental implants are a viable option for a patient, such as the height and thickness of their jawbone, their dental health, as well as their overall health. We can evaluate all of these things using a comprehensive exam at your initial consultation, and we’ll also be able to give you a better idea of what your particular implant process will be like.

Altogether, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth, so whether you need a single tooth replaced or an entire full denture, they are always able to provide fantastic, long-lasting results. If you have any more questions about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule your initial consultation, please contact us today.

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