Dental Implant Questions

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After a period of a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant. 

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Dental implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture (RPD).
  • Dental implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between. 

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

With major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, most people are candidates for dental implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does the dental implant procedure involve?

The average dental implant procedure takes a few visits. At the first visit, an X-ray of the area will be taken and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the implant. The next visit is to surgically place the dental implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by Dr. Matthew Hilmi). Our oral surgeon will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.

You will next return after a few months to begin fabrication your crown to secure over the implant.

Are there risks involved with dental implants?

As with any surgical procedure, dental implant surgery poses some health risks i.e  potential complications. Problems are very rare though, and when they do occur, they're usually minor and easily treated by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Risks include:

  • Infection at the implant site (peri-implantitis)
  • Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
  • Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips, or chin 
  • Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities

How much does a dental implant cost?

Fees from dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Our staff will schedule an implant consultation to discuss, in great detail, the procedure and all fees involved. We will devise a plan based on your particular needs and means. We will never give our patients the "hard sell." Dr. Hilmi does not involve himself in that type of practice arrangement.

How long does a dental implant last?

With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, a dental implant can last many years.

Does your office offer financing for services provided ?

Yes. Feel free to contact us to discuss the options we have available to make your beautiful and very functional smile today!

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