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Your FAQs on Dental Implants in Shaker Heights

Dental implants in Shaker Heights offer a wonderful replacement for one, two, or many missing teeth -- but you may have some questions about just how they work. We’ve put together the following FAQ to help!

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a substitute for a missing tooth’s root. It is a tiny titanium post that is surgically implanted beneath the gum line. A connecting abutment is used to attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the dental implant.

What are dental implants made out of?

Dental implants are made out of biocompatible titanium, a material that promotes bone growth in the jaw to fully integrate with your mouth.

How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

After it is placed, it takes anywhere from six months to one year to complete the treatment for a dental implant. During this months-long recovery period, osseointegration occurs -- the process through which the bone tissue grows around the dental implant(s) to provide a sturdy base for the prosthetic tooth or teeth.

What are the benefits to dental implants vs. traditional bridges?

Traditional bridges are anchored in the jaw using the two teeth surrounding the gap as anchors. These healthy teeth must be altered to support dental crowns that hold the bridge in place.

Dental implants, by comparison, do not affect any remaining natural teeth. And because they stimulate bone growth and fully integrate with the jaw bone, implants promote better oral and overall health by helping you to eat, chew, and speak without any difficulty.

Are there any disadvantages to dental implants?

For healthy, younger patients, dental implants in Houston Heights are far and away the best choice to be made in tooth replacement. One potential consideration is cost -- dental implants cost considerably more than a bridge or traditional denture, but they also last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are placed surgically into the area where the missing tooth’s root was. You will not need to have a single implant for each missing tooth to support a bridge or denture -- fewer implants are used to retain a larger prosthetic.

First, a small incision is created and the bone is exposed. Your dentist may use a surgical guide to ensure the proper placement of each dental implant. Then, space is created for the implant and it is placed at a low speed using a special machine.

Does it hurt to get dental implants?

Dental implants in Greater Heights are placed under local or general anesthesia, depending on how many implants are being placed and the complexity of the case. Anesthesia can be combined with sedation as desired for extra relaxation. You shouldn’t feel a thing throughout the procedure!

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on several factors, including where in the jaw they will be placed and whether or not you need to have a bone graft or sinus lift first. A single implant costs between $3,000 and $4,500.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

Despite being the best choice for oral and overall health, many dental insurance plans still do not cover dental implants. We can perform a verification of benefits to determine whether or not your insurance will pay for a portion of the cost.