Dental Implants FAQs
The dental implant is one of the most important and innovative restorative dentistry solutions to come along in quite some time. This permanent, natural-looking replacement option for missing teeth can be an effective alternative to dentures, offering many advantages over other missing teeth replacement techniques.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the longest-lasting, most natural-looking option for tooth replacement. Composed of a titanium post, fastener (abutment), and porcelain crown, a dental implant can restore the full anatomical structure and function of your missing tooth.
Why are dental implants advantageous over traditional dentures?
Dental implants are designed to mimic both the appearance and the function of your natural teeth. As opposed to dentures, which are artificial teeth that fit onto your gumline, dental implants are actually placed through the gum and anchored to your jaw – ultimately becoming a permanent part of your mouth. Unlike dentures, dental implants carry no risk of slipping or moving along the gumline. Plus, there is no hassle or daily maintenance associated with dental implants – other than your regular brushing and flossing routines.
Are dental implants custom-designed?
Yes. Your dental implant is completely custom-made for the most accurate fit and natural appearance. Our cometic dentist provides dental implant restorations with permanent dental crowns. The crown is created from a mold of your teeth to give you the best possible fit and the most natural appearance.
Will they enhance both the form and function of my teeth?
One of the chief benefits of dental implants is that they look so natural, in addition to providing you with a permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants can help to improve speaking and chewing, as well as with the prevention of bone loss and movement of healthy teeth surrounding them. As far as the aesthetic results of dental implants, the final result can look so much like your natural teeth that you may not even be able to tell the difference!
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements. They will not move or slip, and they are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Patients with missing teeth and adequate bone density in the jaw to accommodate the implant are typically the best candidates for a dental implant procedure. Dr. Kosdon can give you a comprehensive evaluation and talk with you about your options.
What are the risks associated with dental implants?
Surgical placement of dental implants is now an extremely common procedure. The techniques and technology used to accomplish implantation have progressively advanced to increase success rates and improve the quality of results. As with any oral surgery, however, there are risks. We recommend seeking only the most skilled and experienced implant specialists to help minimize the occurrence of complications as well as provide expertise should an issue arise. Risks associated with dental implants are rare, but may include infection, injury or damage to surrounding teeth, sinus complications, and nerve damage. Though they may sound serious, all of these complications can typically be swiftly remedied with appropriate treatment.
What is the dental implant procedure like?
Prior to the procedure, local or general anesthesia can be administered to ensure you remain as comfortable and pain-free as possible throughout treatment. The length of your dental implant procedure will depend upon the number of implants being placed, as well as their location. For each implant, a suitable space will be created within the jawbone below your missing tooth to accommodate the titanium implant post. The post is then fit into the jawbone and allowed to heal, which often takes about six to twelve weeks. During this time, the jawbone fuses to the implant post to create a strong bond that fixes it in place. Following healing, the abutment, which fastens the crown to the implant, will be attached to the top portion of the post. The custom crown will then be fabricated and placed atop the abutment to create the finished tooth.
How much do dental implants cost?
Every dental implant procedure is custom-tailored to the unique needs and cosmetic goals of the patient. Therefore, the cost of dental implants varies between individuals. The exact cost will depend on the number of implants, type of implants, where they are placed, and any treatments that may need to be performed to improve oral health or build bone density before surgery can proceed. After a consultation with Dr. Kosdon, he will be able to quote the full projected cost for your treatment.
Are there financing options for dental implants?
Yes, we provide financing options to help make your dental implants treatment more affordable. At our practice, we accept various plans through CareCredit®, which can help you cover the cost of treatment over the course of several months with low to no interest rates.
Contact Dr. Michael Kosdon
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kosdon to discuss dental implant treatment, please contact us today. Our experienced cosmetic dentist will be happy to answer your questions.