DENTAL IMPLANT FAQ’S
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is similar to a new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and a crown are 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, non-removable 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 similiar to real teeth as long as they remain osseointegrated. They can potentially last a lifetime and you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment. Success rates vary in studies but generally are around 90-95% in normal healthy patients. Smokers and other immune compromised situations reduce this success rate.
Who can place a dental implant?
Dr. Sutherland places most of the dental implants but some situations merit referral to an oral surgeon or periodontist.
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the number of implants you are having placed, amount of your insurance coverage, and other factors such as if you need to have jaw bone grafting done.
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 with your dentist.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants can last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.