Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
In the past, replacing missing teeth meant only repairing those parts of your smile above the gum line. Today, there’s a more natural looking, feeling, and functioning solution – implant supported tooth replacement. Before you begin a complex tooth replacement plan, we know you’ll have questions for your skilled Medina dentist, Allan J. Milewski, DDS, and his dedicated team. On this page, you’ll find the answers to many dental implant frequently asked questions. If you want to learn more or schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to give our Medina dental office a call. Our friendly team looks forward to helping you with all of your oral health and hygiene needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts inserted into the gum line that mimic the lost root structures of missing teeth. These implants can be made from a variety of materials, but the most commonly used are titanium and zirconia.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically implanted below the gum line. Many patients find the thought of receiving surgical treatment to be intimidating. However, implant placement procedures are minimally invasive. We simply make a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, the implant post is precisely placed into the jawbone. Once in position, a protective cap is attached to the implant post to allow the gums to heal while maintaining space to attach the abutment and replacement tooth.
Who Should Consider Implant Supported Tooth Replacement?
Any patient, whether they’re missing a single tooth or a full row of teeth, should consider the state-of-the-art dental implant supported tooth replacement technique. This restoration option allows patients to replace missing teeth from the roots up, delivering long lasting, natural looking and feeling smiles.
How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
The number of dental implants depends in large part on the extent of your tooth loss. We will use one implant to support a dental crown, replacing a single tooth, and in some cases, we may be able to support two fused together dental crowns with one implant. Two implants will be used to support a fixed bridge restoration to replace several consecutive teeth. For more advanced tooth loss, three to six strategically positioned implant posts can be used to support a partial or full denture.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care, you implant supported tooth replacement will last two or more decades. In fact, many patients keep their implant retained crown, bridge, or denture for the rest of their lives.
What is the Cost of Implant Supported Tooth Replacement?
Your individual implant supported tooth replacement plan will vary dramatically in price based on the number and location of missing teeth, the number of implants needed, and the materials used. Before we begin your treatment, we’ll walk you through your implant supported tooth replacement plan and the cost of every step of the process. We will also work with you to make the cost of dental implants fit into your budget by maximizing insurance coverage and working with CareCredit to offer low and no interest financing plans.