Dental Implants FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions in South Charleston, WV
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They consist of a screw that we place in your jaw which anchors the crown and acts as the roots of the tooth, forming a solid attachment. An abutment is fastened to the implant, and a crown is placed on the abutment. The crown is the visible part of the tooth that you see above the gumline.
How do dental implants work?
Your dentist places a titanium screw in your jaw that acts as an anchor or root for your artificial tooth. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant fuses with the jawbone, permanently stabilizing the new tooth and allowing it to function naturally.
What are the steps involved in having a dental implant placed?
You’ll begin with a consultation appointment with your dentist for dental implant surgery in which the doctor will assess your overall health and the health of your jaw. Once they’ve reviewed the different options that would work best for you, they work together with you to create a treatment plan, including the form of anesthesia you’d like to use.
Finally, you will go in for a follow-up appointment that will be scheduled with us after your surgery. Once the implant has healed, we will perform another short procedure to expose the implant so that we can begin making a crown. Typically, we will place a temporary tooth on the new implant to provide you with the best esthetic results until we can place that final crown.
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
The answer to this question depends on your oral surgeon, but for the most part, implant patients receive a temporary tooth. If your implant tooth is placed toward the front of your mouth, you may receive a bridge or transitional appliance that can be placed at the time of surgery.
How are fees handled for this procedure?
The cost of dental implants depends heavily on a variety of details about each individual patient’s case. You’ll discuss oral surgical services with your oral surgeon and the cost of the final restoration with us. We inform our patients of all fees upfront so that there are no surprises.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
Yes! This is one of the greatest benefits of implant teeth. Not only do they look like real teeth, but they also feel like your natural teeth and enable you to do all the things that you can do with your real teeth, like eat, chew, bite, laugh, speak, and smile freely.
Do dental implants hurt?
No! You will be under your choice of a variety of anesthesia options while in surgery, and you will not feel a thing. Your oral surgeon will keep the surgical site numb during the procedure, and as the anesthesia wears off later in the day, you’ll be able to monitor any discomfort with over-the-counter medications.
How long do dental implants last?
Implants have been known to last a lifetime if properly cared for. We recommend you keep up with your brushing and flossing routine as well as your regular attendance of cleanings in our office to ensure long-lasting implants.