Implant FAQs

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant essentially is a screw that is drilled into a patient’s jawbone that serves as a replacement for missing roots and has the ability to function very much like natural teeth in terms of dental security. Because the titanium works very well as an anchor dental implants can be placed on both the upper and lower jaw bones and are used to replace multiple missing teeth and singular missing teeth.

Why should I get dental implants?

There are many reasons why dental implants make sense for people who are missing one or several teeth in their mouths, and one of the most important reasons why dental implants are a healthy option in these situations is because dental implants can stop a person’s jawbone from shrinking and allow patient’s to maintain a more youthful looking face. Also dental implants are very easy and last forever.

Are dental implants successful?

People have been getting dental implants for over thirty years, and studies have shown that there is a 95% percent success rate in these types of dental procedures, which of course is a really successful.

Who is the one who places the dental implants?

In almost all cases your personal dentist will be the one who will do the entire dental implant procedure, and if your dentist is not so good at this type of procedure it is easy to find a dentist who is, like Dr. Walls.

How much do dental implants end up costing patients?

There are many factors that come into play to decide how much a dental implant procedure will cost, but of course that means things like how many teeth need to be replaced or how many implants need to be installed to support the replacement teeth. But the only real way to know how much your dental implant procedure will cost is to discuss this with Dr. Walls at your initial appointment where you’ll get your estimate.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Any person who is missing teeth from just about any type of situation, but the one thing that will determine if you can or cannot get dental implants is the amount of available bone for the implants to be installed, and Dr. Walls will be able to tell you what is best for you in this type of situation.

Is being old a problem for getting dental implants?

Age is not necessarily as much of a factor when it comes to being able to get dental implants as much as health is a factor. If you seem to be healthy enough to get a tooth extracted then you more than likely are healthy enough to get dental implants, and this is kind of a rule of thumb because a person’s age does not necessarily determine their overall health.

What are some of the advantages of getting dental implants?

Improved appearance: dental implants will stop the process of your jaw shrinking unlike dentures or bridges and this can definitely help your overall oral health and appearance.

Preserves your natural teeth: dental implants tend to not need any type of modification to your healthy teeth, which is unlike dental bridges and some dentures.

Permanent solution: Almost always a dental implant is one of the most secure ways to replace missing teeth that will last a patient’s entire lifetime.

One of the best parts about getting dental implants is that they really do look and function like natural teeth, and this of course means that eating and drinking becomes very natural as well. Permanent teeth also have been known to help out so many patients with their confidence.

Will the new teeth look natural?

Dental implants and the technological advances of modern dentistry have allowed for these new teeth to look as close as possible to natural teeth, so it is hard to even tell that your teeth aren’t real.

Will I still be capable of chewing like I could chew with my natural teeth?

Yes, chewing is drastically improved with dental implants and restores chewing back to the way it was when you had natural teeth.

How much time does it take for a dental implant placement?

Today with modern technology patients can get dental implants installed in just one surgery, and this of course eliminates a lot of the time that normally would need to take place with more traditional methods of dental implants, which would normally take up to six months to complete. But in today’s dental world the time it takes to get dental implants has been reduced a tremendous amount.

Is the dental implant treatment painful?

Just like most surgeries getting dental implants can be pretty uncomfortable, and of course forms of sedation are utilized with patients when they get this type of procedure done to make it a little bit more comfortable and easy to deal with.

How do patients feel after the treatment is over?

Many times patients will have some type of bruising or swelling after the procedure is over, but this type of pain is very temporary and most people go to work the next day after the procedure if they have to.

How do I take care of dental implants?

Pretty much you will take care of your dental implants just like you would take care of natural teeth, and that means to brush and floss twice a day and make sure you are seeing your dentist every six months.