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The Most Common Questions about Dental Implants ANSWERED!

Dental implants have become a standard service in many Arkansas dental offices. Yet many patients still do not know about the procedure, cost, and limitations. Use the following information to learn more about it before scheduling your procedure.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are titanium hardware featuring external threads like a screw. The implant itself is not visible once placed into the bone of your jaw. Instead, your dentist will add a crown to the top of your implant to provide a replacement for an absent tooth. The implant itself can be thought of as a replacement for the tooth’s root.

What do they do?

Dental implants are the most stable and permanent method of tooth replacement. If you have missing teeth, then you may have trouble speaking or chewing.

Dental implants complete your smile, imparting more self-confidence and eliminates social embarrassment from smiling or showing your teeth. Of course, you will also enjoy the ability to eat the foods of your choice.

How much do they cost?

The exact cost varies according to your specific circumstances, but dental implants range from $2,000 to $4,000 per tooth. The expenditure pays for itself in the long term with better oral health and excellent durability. However, many dental insurance providers do not cover implants. Speak with your insurance provider about your circumstances and coverage.

Can my body reject them?

Bodies rarely reject an implant. Implants are titanium because this metal is very compatible with organic tissue, not to mention strong and durable. Your bone will almost certainly accept the implant without difficulty. Rejections are incredibly rare and are due to titanium allergies.

Implant failure can occur, but these events stem from a lack of oral care  following surgery. Decay and disease can loosen implants just as they can natural teeth, but if you practice good oral hygiene, then you will prevent problems with your dental implants.

Could anyone tell I have them?

Your dentist will ensure they correspond to the color and shape of your natural teeth. Additionally, your implants will feel natural, and you will quickly become accustomed to your new teeth.

What is their lifespan?

Dentists cannot predict implant lifespan, because every patient is different. Age, genetics, diet, medical history, and oral care habits all affect the life of a dental implant. However, following your dentist’s instructions will help improve the life of your dental implants.

How often do they fail?

In the United States, the implant failure rate is about 5%. In other words, dental implants are successful in 95% of cases.

When is the best time to get them?

You should consult your dentist as soon as possible after you lose a tooth. Once a tooth is lost, the bone beneath the missing tooth begins to break down. If the structural integrity of this bone becomes too compromised, then you may need a bone graft before implant placement. You can avoid this costly and lengthy procedure by acting quickly after tooth loss.

Do they require special care?

Care for your dental implants the same as you would your natural teeth. Twice daily brushing, daily flossing, a healthy diet, and dental cleanings are all important.

Will the procedure hurt?

Your dentist will use appropriate anesthetic during the surgery to keep you comfortable. After your procedure, you may need over-the-counter pain relievers for a few days. Some patients require prescription pain medication. Speak with your dentist before your procedure if you have concerns.

How long does the procedure last?

The procedure itself itself takes between 30 minutes to four hours depending on the number of implants you need. It takes a few months for the implant to become fixed in your bone, a process called osseointegration. After this time has elapsed, you will return to your dentist for crown placement and final fitting.

Can smokers get implants?

Tobacco use greatly increases the risk of implant failure. You should not smoke or use chewing tobacco if you have dental implants or intend to receive implants.

Do I need to be a certain age to get them?

Any healthy adult can have dental implants. There is no maximum age limit.

For more information

Dental implants are among the many services we offer at Arkansas Family Dental. We are dedicated to your dental health, and we want to help you complete your smile. Make your appointment now to begin the implant process.

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