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Dental Implants
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What is a dental implant?

Dental Implants are tooth replacements that are composed of 3 elements: the titanium implant fixture that is placed into the jaw bone, the abutment, which serves to provide an anchor from the implant to the crown, and the crown, which is the portion that is above the gums.

What is the cost of dental implants?

Fees are determined after a thorough examination. Each missing tooth situation is different, so fees vary accordingly. I am happy to provide a no-cost initial consultation to provide an estimate.

When should I get an implant?

The best time to get an implant is immediately after a tooth is lost to save the surrounding bone. However this is not always possible for many reasons and may require another procedure to build up the area a tooth was lost from before an implant can be placed.


What do dental implants look like?

Once the final crown is placed, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Many do, and our skilled staff can help you get the most benefit from your policy.

Are dental implants removable?

The portion of the implant that is placed in the jawbone is permanent. The intermediary piece, the abutment is generally secured by a screw and can be removed by the dentist if it needs to be serviced.

Is it painful to get dental implants?

Most patients do very well with local anesthetic (Novocain), which we use for the placement of the fixture. There is virtually no post-operative pain. For the second procedure, where the fixture is made ready for the abutment and crown, local anesthetic is also used. After that, very little, if any, anesthetic is required.

How long do dental implants last?

I have patients with implants that have been in their mouths for 20 years!

Just like natural teeth, the porcelain of the crown portion can chip or break and poor hygiene may cause the gums and bone to break down.

What is process for getting dental implants?

The artificial root, the implant body, is placed in the jaw bone and covered over with the gums. The implant is left to integrate with the bone. After a few months, the patient returns to have the top of the implant exposed and checked. If all is well, a cap is placed over the top of the implant so the gums can form a cuff that will become the neck of the final crown.

Impression for the abutment and crown can now be done. A healing cap is placed while the crown is being made by our lab technician. During the last appointment, the healing cap is removed so that the abutment can be screwed into the implant body. The crown is then cemented over the abutment.


What is the difference between dental implants and dentures?

Dentures are supported by gums and are removable. Implants are replacement tooth roots that can be built upon, and are anchored to the jaw bone for stability. Implants can replace one or more teeth. A patient can have full mouth dental implants.