Implant Dentistry

Dental Implants are permanent replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. They offer the same biting force as your teeth and should last forever with proper dental care and oral hygiene routines. Implants are fused to your jawbone and are not removable. You care for your dental implants the same way you would your natural teeth.

There is surgery involved with having dental implants placed and the process from start to finish can last from several months up to a year. You can have one dental implant to replace a missing tooth, or you can have multiple implants to replace a series of missing teeth.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Dental implants are more expensive than dentures in the short term, but once placed, implants will last your entire life and will enable you to live a perfectly normal lifestyle. Our Treatment Coordinators will discuss all available financing options as well as insurance coverage that you may have in order to make sure that implants work within your budget.

Dental implants can last for the rest of your life if they are cared for properly. Just like natural teeth, their longevity depends on how well you take care of them. Brushing, flossing and visiting us for your regular hygiene visits will still be required to take care of your dental implants.

Usually, dental implants do not result in much post-operative pain. We recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever for several days after surgery and that you clean the surgical area as instructed. Soreness is expected, but it should not be a painful process.

Dental implants require several stages of treatment. The first stage is a detailed evaluation and treatment plan. The second stage is having the implants placed surgically. The third stage is placing the healing abutments and the final stage is applying the prosthetic teeth, or crowns. This entire process can take anywhere from several months to a year, depending on your individual healing time and compliance with treatment.

No one will ever know you have dental implants unless you choose to tell them! Because the replacement tooth covers the implant post, your implant cannot be seen.

Taking care of your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth! You will brush, floss, and receive regular dental cleanings just as you would with natural teeth. Keeping your implants in good condition will ensure that they keep your smile beautiful for the rest of your life!

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