Dental Implants FAQs
For patients missing one or more teeth, Dr. Wayde Fawcett offers the foremost solution of dental implant restorations. The permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement is a viable option for those wishing to restore the look and feel of their natural teeth. To help patients get a better understanding of what dental implants involve, Dr. Fawcett has provided answers to frequently asked questions below.
If you would like more information about how dental implants can improve your oral function and aesthetics, please contact us to schedule your consultation.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that completely takes the place of the tooth and its root. Each implant is composed of a titanium post that replaces the root of the missing tooth, a porcelain crown, and an abutment piece that connects the crown with the post.
Will dental implants improve both form and function of my teeth?
Yes. Dental implants are individually designed for each patient to replace their missing tooth. As a result, they not only look natural, but they function like a real tooth, which can improve speaking and chewing movements. Since they completely replace the tooth’s root, dental implants have the additional benefit of preventing bone loss and adjacent teeth from shifting.
Do dental implants look natural?
Yes. Our dental implant patients receive custom-made crown restorations to replace their missing teeth. These are specially designed for each patient to match the rest of their smile for the most natural appearance.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Candidacy for dental implant surgery will depend on various factors that will be evaluated during your consultation. Typically, a good candidate has good oral health, sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the implant, and is looking for a permanent replacement for missing teeth.
Are there any risks associated with dental implants?
As with any major surgery, there are some associated risks; however, dental implant surgery is considered an extremely predictable procedure. Possible risks include infection, numbness, damage to surrounding teeth, or implant failure in extremely rare cases. We always prioritize your safety above all else, and your dentist will discuss factors that may increase your risk for complications during the consultation process. Patients with increased risks include those who smoke or have pre-existing medical conditions.
How long is the dental implant procedure?
While the exact length of your dental implant procedure will depend upon factors such as the number of dental implants as well as their location in the mouth, many basic procedures can be completed within one hour.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Typically, local anesthesia is used during dental implant surgery to help ensure your comfort. Just as with many other dental procedures, such as receiving a filling, you will not feel any pain under local anesthesia.
What can I expect during my recovery from dental implant surgery?
Since there are usually no open wounds after dental implant surgery, the recovery time for this procedure is relatively fast. Any discomfort experienced during the days following your procedure can be easily managed with oral pain medication.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to permanently replace one or more teeth. They do not shift or slip, and the implants become a permanent addition to your mouth. Many patients have had their dental implants for 40 years or more.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price of your dental implant procedure will vary depending upon the nature of your surgery and your goals. Though the initial cost of dental implants may be greater than other methods of replacing missing teeth, dental implants are a permanent restoration and most patients find their rejuvenated smiles are worth the investment. Learn more about the cost of dental implants.
Are dental implants covered by my insurance?
As with many elective dental procedures, dental implant surgery is not typically covered by insurance providers. However, we offer a number of financing options to help patients cover the cost of the procedure in a manner that can fit within their budget.
Contact Fawcett Center for Dentistry, P.A.
If you have any questions regarding dental implants, or wish to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fawcett, please contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, P.A.