Dental Implant FAQs
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tooth replacements that substitute for both the root and crown of a missing tooth. Each implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically positioned in your jawbone, an abutment just above the gum and a dental crown, bridge or denture.
Why are Dental Implants Better than Other Tooth Replacements?
Tooth replacements such as bridgework, a partial or a full denture rest on top of your gum and only replace the crowns of missing teeth. Because implants replace the roots as well, your jawbone remains healthy. The implants stimulate new bone tissue growth just as natural roots do, which helps you avoid a sagging facial appearance.
How is a Dental Implant Placed?
After administering a local anesthetic to the site, Columbus, OH dentist Dr. Mick makes a small incision in your gums to expose the bone. Then the implant is positioned and surgically embedded. Your gums are sutured and the implant site heals.
How Long is the Healing Process for a Dental Implant?
After your oral surgery, your gums will need a few months to heal. During this time, the implant and bone bond together. As the bond grows, the foundation for your eventual tooth restoration becomes stronger and stronger.
Can Dental Implants be Used with Dentures?
Yes! As a matter of fact, your dentist in Columbus, OH offers All-on-4 dental implants that are specially designed to support dentures. These are slightly smaller than standard implants so the recovery is much shorter and easier. And after oral surgery to place All-On-4 implants, you’ll wear a temporary overdenture while you heal.
Does Having Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
Thanks to modern anesthetics, implant surgery goes very well for most of Dr. Mick’s patients. In fact, most say the procedure is much easier than having a tooth extracted or a cavity filled. Your may feel some pressure during the procedure, but otherwise, there should be no discomfort.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are like teeth in form and longevity. With conscientious oral hygiene at home—brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day—and regular dental checkups, your dental implants should last a lifetime.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The average cost for a dental implant tends to vary case for case. Although implants may be more than a bridge or denture, the up-front cost is worth the expense when you consider that implants can last for years and years. A denture, on the other hand, will likely require adjustments and eventual replacement. If you have dental insurance, check to see if a portion of the cost of dental implants is covered.
Contact Us Today
Do you have other questions about dental implants? Call us today to schedule a private consultation. Mick Family Dental Care serves patients in and around Columbus, OH and will gladly discuss your options with you.