Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a major decision with a noted investment. Although they remain the gold standard in tooth replacement options, it is still important that you have a full understanding of dental implants. This includes what they are, how they can benefit you and what to expect during your oral surgery. Here are some common FAQ’s surrounding dental implants that you may find helpful if you are considering this form of tooth replacement:
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that is inserted into a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. An abutment is the post that attaches to the screw and secures the final tooth restoration (crown or denture) on top.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions most like your natural teeth.
- Implants fit securely, without the worry of gum irritation or slipping.
- Dental implants preserve facial features and prevent bone loss.
- Dental implants do not restrict your diet.
- Implants do not require extra maintenance beyond your normal oral hygiene routine.
- Implants are designed to last a lifetime.
- For qualified candidates, dental implants can be placed in a single day.
What is the process of getting dental implants?
Your first step is to have an initial consultation and exam by a qualified dentist to approve your candidacy. You will have a 3D scan to determine the precise measurements for your implants. Next, your will undergo oral surgery to place your implants. You will need several months of healing time to allow the implants to fuse to the jawbone. Once the implant is anchored securely, your prosthetic teeth will be placed over the implant. This may include a crown or implant supported denture. For patients with ideal gum conditions, this process can be shortened to allow new teeth to be placed the same day as the dental implants.
How successful are dental implants?
Dental implants are known for having 98% success rate!
Who places dental implants?
If you choose Dr. Wayne Suway, your dental implants can be placed and restored by the same person. He is extensively qualified in implants dentistry, performing both oral surgery and restorative procedures.
Will my insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
It depends on your specific policy. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but is generally limited to the coverage provided for a bridge or partial denture.
Am I too old to get dental implants?
No, you can benefit from successful dental implants at any age.
If you have further questions regarding dental implants, please call the office of Dr. Wayne Suway. We are happy to educate patients on the countless advantages of implant dentistry. It is important to us that each patient understands the dental implants process in its entirety before a final decision is made.