Have questions about dental implants? You are not alone. Find our helpful FAQ below! If anything goes unanswered, don’t hesitate to contact our office to discuss more about this excellent tooth replacement option.
Dental implants are a replacement for tooth roots. A single dental implant is a tiny post that is implanted into the space where the supportive root structure once was. When it is here, the post fuses together with the jaw bone to provide stability for the crown, bridge, or denture that can be affixed on top.
Dental implants are placed in two major phases: initial implantation and final restoration. This entire treatment occurs over the course of 6 to 8 months. First, the implant posts are placed in a surgical procedure and healing begins. Then, the dental implants are exposed once more and a connecting abutment secures the prosthetic teeth to the implants. A recovery period of 4 to 6 months is necessary in between.
Most dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material which promotes the growth of bone tissue (a process called “osseointegration”). Patients with metal allergies or sensitivities may benefit from ceramic or zirconia dental implants.
The total process for dental implants can take from six months to a year to complete, depending on the complexity of your case.
There is no fixed price for dental implants. The cost is determined by several factors, including how many teeth you are missing, where in the smile they are located, how healthy your jaw bone is, and others. To find out just what you can expect to pay, you will need to schedule a consultation with our office.
Dental implants offer a number of advantages for patients who are missing teeth. As a comprehensive replacement, they take care of the tooth’s supportive root as well as the visible crown for the ultimate in stability. Dental implants also promote oral and overall health by preventing the loss of additional teeth and supporting a balanced, nutritious diet. What’s more, when cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Many adults who are missing or on the brink of losing teeth are eligible for dental implants. For patients who have had gum disease or have been missing teeth for a while, a bone graft or sinus lift can help to create the proper environment for dental implants and increase the chances of success.
To find out more about this comprehensive tooth replacement, including whether or not you are eligible and how much yours might cost, do not hesitate to get in touch with your Hamden restorative dentist! We invite you to contact us to book an appointment today.