Implants are the result of amazing technological advancements in dentistry. Implants are tiny medical grade fixtures that are placed in the jaw and replicate a natural tooth root. Once placed, we are able to attach different dental restorations to them.
Where can implants be placed?
Implants can be placed essentially anywhere in the mouth where a natural tooth was previously.
What if I’m missing multiple teeth?
Implants can replace single teeth with a crown, a few teeth in a row with a bridge or can be attached to a denture.
I have complete dentures, can implants help me?
Absolutely! Lower dentures commonly don’t fit as well due to cheek and tongue movements. Two small implants can be placed underneath the denture which then snaps onto them. This instantly makes the denture stable. The added retention becomes an immediate life-changer, allowing you to eat and talk without having the denture move or pop out! Say goodbye to adhesives!
Will the implant feel different than my other teeth?
No! Once the implant is placed and restored into function, you won’t be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth. It is the most lifelike replacement available for teeth.
How long do implants last?
Studies have shown greater than 95% long-term success rate, with most failures due to environmental factors that are unrelated to the actual implant. This is the highest success rate of any dental restoration. Most implants will be with you the rest of your life!
Does getting an implant hurt?
Absolutely not! It is no different than any other procedure we do in dentistry. You will be numb so pain is not an issue and post-placement recovery is quick and easy!
Can I get an implant in one visit?
Unfortunately no. The first procedure is to place the actual implant. After placement it generally needs a few months to make sure it is 100% healed and solid. During this time, there will be a small cap that covers the implant to protect it. When ready, we will go through the process of attaching either a crown, bridge or denture to the implant.
How much does an implant cost?
It can vary for each individual situation. It depends on how many implants are needed and the type of restoration that it is being attached to them. If you are interested in learning more, we would love to evaluate your specific situation and determine if you are a good candidate for implants.