Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are booming in popularity for people across the country who are missing teeth, because nothing else offers the same level of stability and support as this comprehensive replacement option. Do you have questions about how implants work, how much they cost, or anything else? Find the answers to (just about) everything you need to know about dental implants in our handy FAQ.
Q: How do dental implants work?
When you have lost a tooth, you are missing two parts: its supportive root structure and the crown, or the part you see. While other methods of tooth replacement only give you back the visible portion of the tooth, dental implants work by replacing both the root and its crown.
Q: What are dental implants made out of?
The majority of dental implants are made out of titanium. Zirconia and ceramic options do exist for patients with allergies or who need a metal-free option. A dental implant is composed of three parts: the implant post, the connecting abutment, and the prosthetic tooth/teeth that is placed on top.
Q: How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants can be used to replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. In the case of multiple tooth loss, an individual implant post is not needed for each missing tooth. Your implant dentist can secure a complete denture on a strategic number of dental implants.
Q: What’s the process for dental implants?
Dental implants are placed over the course of two phases: implantation and final restoration. A recovery period of four to six months is typically required between each phase. During this time, the jawbone will gradually fuse together with each implant post to provide the ultimate in stability for the new tooth replacement.
Q: Does it hurt to get dental implants?
Thanks to modern methods and tools, there is nothing to fear when you get dental implants. We won’t start any part of the treatment until we are sure you are completely comfortable with anesthesia and sedation (if desired). We will also thoroughly discuss each aspect of the treatment to ensure you are fully informed about what is going on with your smile.
Q: How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary based on a few factors, including the health of your jaw, how many teeth you need to replace, and where in the mouth they are located. Your implant dentist will give you a more precise idea of how much your dental implant implant procedure will cost in a consultation.
Q: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Many adults are eligible for dental implants. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in reasonably good oral and overall health chances are good that you are, too. The only way to know for sure is to visit your implant dentist to discuss your options in tooth replacement in detail! If you are eligible, we will look forward to getting started on your new smile right away.