What is a dental implant?
In summary, a dental implant is an integrated, complete replacement for a missing tooth. The entire "implant" is composed of three distinct parts:
- The Implant Body - A titanium screw integrated into the bone below the gum line
- The Implant Abutment - A "middle man" that allows the implant crown to attach to the implant body
- The Implant Crown- The portion that looks like a natural tooth, which is attached on top of the abutment.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable prosthesis that require adhesive products for suction and nightly removal for cleaning as part of their routine care. Dental implants are a permanently placed replacement for a missing tooth that require little to no special care, aside from what you would do for your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Many patients prefer dental implants due to the fact that they look and feel just like their natural teeth. They are a permanent no fuss option that can last a lifetime when done correctly.
Who can place a dental implant?
Depending on a dentist's training, he or she may or may not be able to do an implant procedure in their office. At Norbo Dental, all of our dentists are trained and skilled in the art of placing dental implants. In the event we ourselves are not able to provide you with this procedure option, we have an excellent pool of colleagues in the area who can further assist you!
How much do implants cost?
The cost of getting an implant depends on several different factors including how many implants you are having placed, whether the area has the tooth or if it is already missing, how long the area has been without a tooth, and so on. Insurance also plays a factor, as some insurances cover towards implant procedures and others do not. The only way to find out exactly how much an implant will cost is to schedule a consultation so we can assess your needs and give you an individualized estimate.
Do dental implants hurt?
Local anesthetic is used when placing the implant, making the procedure itself painless. Most patients report little to no discomfort after the implant itself is placed.
How long do implants last?
Assuming the dental implant is placed correctly and the patient maintains proper care of the area, an implant can last a lifetime! Maintaining optimal health of the implant and the surrounding area is something that can be discussed and reviewed with your dental hygienist during your routine hygiene appointments.