The Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants are without a doubt the best option for replacing missing teeth. If you have questions about this tooth replacement option, find the answers below in our handy FAQ! Don’t hesitate to contact us if doubts still remain when you are finished. We are always happy to talk to our patients about our quality restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry services.
Q: What are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are a whole-tooth replacement for any number of missing teeth located anywhere in the mouth. An implant post can be implanted beneath the gum line to take the place of a missing tooth’s supportive root structure. A connecting abutment will be placed on top of the implant post, and the replacement tooth/teeth will be affixed on top of this abutment. The result is a strong, sturdy tooth replacement.
Q: What are dental implants made of?
A: Most dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that promotes the growth of bone tissue to help the implants grow together with the jaw. Patients with a metal allergy or sensitivity may be able to benefit from ceramic/zirconia dental implants.
Q: How are dental implants placed?
A: Dental implant placement is an oral surgery that takes place under local anesthesia, which numbs the jaw. More complex cases may be completed under general anesthesia. The gum is opened and the implant post is placed precisely in the space where the missing tooth’s root structure was.
Q: How much do dental implants cost?
A: The total cost of a dental implant procedure depends on a few factors, including how many teeth you are missing and how healthy your jaw is. Many patients must have a preliminary bone grafting procedure performed first, which increases the volume of the bone and adds to the overall cost of the treatment. The only way to know for sure how much your dental implants will cost is to visit with your implant dentist.
Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?
A: Dental implants offer a number of benefits over other methods of tooth replacement. Because they replace the entire tooth structure rather than only focusing on the crown, or the part you see, dental implants provide more stability to support a balanced, nutritious diet and make it easier to speak clearly. Dental implants also stabilize the jaw bone to promote better oral and overall health for a lifetime to come.
Q: Am I eligible for dental implants?
A: If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, you may indeed be a good candidate for dental implants. Schedule a consultation with our office to discuss your eligibility in more detail.
Q: Where can I learn more about dental implants?
A: To learn more about dental implants, including how much yours might cost and whether or not you are a candidate, do not hesitate to contact Columbia Healthy Smiles! We look forward to discussing your tooth replacement options -- to help you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, complete smile once again!