Dental Implant – Your Questions Answered
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant (also known as an endosseous implant or fixture) is a surgical procedure that places a titanium screw to the jawbone to create a permanent new root for missing teeth. This interface can support a crown, fixed denture or bridge. This procedure allows for a new tooth to be placed for a natural permanent solution.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are not fixed they are removable and take a lot of care to maintain. They are bulky and cover the pallet. Dental implants are fixed and a permanent replacement for missing teeth. They are natural looking and are cared for like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the most natural looking solution for missing teeth. They look, feel and are maintained like natural teeth.
Who can place a dental implant?
Dr. Kuipers or a periodontist may be able to perform this procedure. If they are not able to they will recommend you to an implantologist, cosmetic dentist or another professional that can perform dental implants.
How much do implants cost?
The price of dental implants varies based on case per case. Depending on the number of implants and amount of insurance coverage. You can schedule a consultation with your doctor to see what your case will cost you.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. You will be given local anesthetics before the surgery this will ensure that the procedure is pain free. If you have problems with anxiety you can discuss sedation options with Dr. Kuipers.
How long do implants last?
The great thing about dental implants is they can last a lifetime. Following the best practices, techniques, materials, and care these implants can be long lasting.