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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Woman looking up at question marks When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are quickly becoming the gold standard in restorative care. However, many people still don’t know much about this treatment option. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the questions we hear most often from our patients. If you have questions or want to schedule a dental implant consultation, please don’t hesitate to call Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery. Dr. Jeff Lee offers safe, effective surgical care to repair, renew, and restore smiles in complete comfort.

How much do dental implants cost?

We know it sounds like we’re trying to avoid the question, but it really does depend on the individual situation. There are numerous variables that effect the price of dental implants. A single implant post can be more or less expensive depending on the material used to craft the post, the size of the implant, and the location of the missing tooth. The surgical placement of the implant posts can also vary dramatically in cost. Then, there’s the price of the restoration to consider. With all of these factors in mind, patients can pay between $500 and $5000 to replace a single tooth with an implant supported dental crown. We’ll carefully review all of this information with you during your appointment, maximize insurance coverage, and work with you to receive financing.

How long does the dental implant process take?

Depending on the number of teeth and the individual patient, dental implant supported tooth replacement can be completed in just a few months, a year, or longer. The treatments visits themselves will not be overly long, but between the placement of dental implant posts and the attachment of the restoration, patients will need to wait a month or longer, typically three to six months. During this time, the dental implant fuses with the supportive bone and soft tissue mimicking the natural function of the tooth roots. We’ll walk you through the entire process during the treatment planning appointment to ensure you fully understand the time that will need to be dedicated to implant supported tooth replacement.

Are dental implants safe?

Patients often hear horror stories about dental implants, but these bad reactions are the exception not the rule. Implant placement has a success rate of 95% or higher, making it one of the safest surgical procedures we offer.

Is the dental implant process painful?

Like any surgical procedure, dental implant placement will create some discomfort. Dr. Lee and his team have years of experience in oral surgery, and they are able to provide the necessary sedation and local anesthesia to keep patients comfortable during the procedure. The team will also walk you through post-operative recovery and pain management to make sure you are comfortable after your procedure.

Who should consider dental implants?

Any patient missing one or more teeth should consider implant supported tooth replacement. Because this treatment plan is the only one that replaces both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth, dental implant supported tooth replacement offers the most natural looking and feeling results. For this reason, many dentists consider implant-retained tooth replacement prosthetics to be the highest standard in dental care.

Are dental implants better than dentures?

Traditional dentures replace about 20% of chewing ability, which can significantly limit your diet. Dental implant supported dentures restore 70% or more of lost chewing function. Dental implants also provide stimulus for the jawbone and gum tissue to ensure patients maintain the optimal level of oral health.

How do I know I’m a candidate for dental implants?

Dr. Lee will evaluate your oral and overall health, walk through your medical and dental history, and discuss past surgical experiences. If you’re in relatively good health and have not responded adversely to surgical care in the past, you are likely to complete the dental implant restoration process successfully. The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Adequate jawbone density and gum tissue volume to support an implant post
  • No past adverse reactions during surgery
  • No immune suppressing health concerns like diabetes or HIV
  • Relatively healthy and have approval from a physician to undergo minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Have committed to the time and monetary expenditure necessary to complete the procedure

How long will my implant supported restoration last?

Dental implant supported restorations can last for decades with proper care. Many patients are able to keep their implant-retained tooth replacement prosthetic for their entire lifetime.

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants can be crafted from a variety of materials. It’s important to understand that different materials have different success rates. For the quality titanium implant posts we often recommend, patients have a 95% or higher chance of successful implantation.

Will my restoration look natural?

Absolutely. We use high quality, tooth-colored materials to craft your replacement teeth. Dental implants closely mimic the function of tooth roots, so your tooth replacement prosthetic will remain firmly in position. Most importantly, the dental implant posts provide the necessary stimulation to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume. That means the shrunken or caved in facial appearance often associated with dentures is avoided for patients with implant supported dentures.