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  • What are dental implants?
    Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Once the implant has fused to the bone, an abutment (a small connector piece) is placed on the implant and a crown (a replacement tooth) is attached to the abutment. Dental implants are a permanent and stable solution for missing teeth.
  • Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
    Most people who are missing one or more teeth are good candidates for dental implants. However, certain factors such as overall health, oral hygiene, and the condition of the jawbone will be evaluated by your dentist or oral surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate.
  • How long does the implant surgery take?
    The surgery to place the implant typically takes about an hour, but this can vary depending on the number of implants being placed and the condition of the jawbone. The healing process can take several months before the permanent replacement tooth can be attached.
  • How long do dental implants last?
    With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many years, even a lifetime. However, the replacement tooth (crown) will need to be replaced at some point, typically every 10-15 years.
  • Will dental implant surgery be painful?
    The surgery is typically done under local anesthesia or IV sedation and most patients report little to no pain during or after the procedure. There may be some discomfort or swelling for a few days following the surgery, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • How much do dental implants cost?
    The cost of dental implants can vary depending on a number of factors such as the location of the practice, the number of implants being placed, and the type of implant system being used. It is important to consult with a dental implant specialist to get a specific cost estimate for your treatment.
  • Can I eat and speak normally with dental implants?
    Yes, once the implant has fully healed and the replacement tooth has been placed, you should be able to eat and speak normally, just like with natural teeth.
  • Are dental implants covered by insurance?
    Dental implant coverage varies depending on your insurance plan. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see what is covered under your plan.
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