1. What is an Implant ?
A dental implant is a small "anchor" made of titanium. It is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After osseointegration, or when the surrounding bone has attached to the implant, a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant.
2. Will my new teeth look natural ?
Your new teeth will look and feel like your natural teeth.
3. Is the surgery to place a dental implant painful ?
No, it is usually done under local anesthesia in your dentist's office, in just the same way as a filling. Once the anesthesia takes effect, you shouldn't feel anything.
4. How long does it take to place dental implants ?
It depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes less than an hour.
5. How long does healing and construction of the teeth (implant crowns) take ?
The entire process usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached.
6. How long do dental implants last ?
Once a dental implant has fused to the bone successfully and it is functional, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have now been in place for more than 40 years.
7. Am I a good candidate for dental implants ?
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to have an implant. General good health and adequate bone in the jaw are the key requirements. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants.