Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Good candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and be free of periodontal disease. Patients should also have enough bone mass to support the implant. However, some patients who may not be immediately eligible for implants benefit from grafting procedures and periodontal therapy. For example, patients with inadequate bone mass can receive a bone graft to help build up the bone enough to support an implant. The only way to be sure if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced oral surgeons at our practice. During your consultation, our team will conduct a thorough examination to determine the appropriate course of treatment that is just right for you.
Do dental implants require special care?
Implants are constructed from durable materials that are resistant to damage from cavity-causing bacteria. Although implants are very strong, patients should still visit their dentist or oral surgeon regularly for checkups. Receiving professional dental cleanings are important, too, as the gums surrounding an implant can develop periodontal disease. Because dental implants are permanently secured in the jaw, patients will brush and floss them just like they do with biological teeth.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are made from the very durable metal titanium. Their construction paired with their placement makes them very long lasting. Because the bone fuses around the implant, it is permanent and incredibly stable. In fact, with proper care, dental implants could last for a lifetime.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price of receiving dental implants can vary depending on the patient. For example, some patients may require additional procedures such as tooth extractions or bone grafting in addition to the oral surgery required for replacing teeth. Our oral surgeons encourage our patients to consider the long term investment of dental implants when evaluating the cost of their tooth replacement options. While traditional dentures may be less expensive, they must be relined and replaced every few years. Because of maintenance costs associated with other prosthetic teeth, dental implants are typically a more economical choice.
To reserve a tooth replacement consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, contact our friendly practice today.