When making the decision to invest in dental implants, we know that education is key. For this reason, we have set up this FAQ page for our patients to get a basic understanding of dental implants. Below are the most common questions we hear about implants. If you have more in depth questions about how dental implants can benefit you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. John Shoemaker, DDS, DICOI.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are a host of benefits and advantages from dental implants:
- Permanent, non-removable, and durable teeth replacement options
- Aesthetically pleasing and life-like appearance
- Virtually indistinguishable from natural dentition
- Unmatched convenience, comfort, and simplicity of care
- Improved bite strength and chewing capabilities
- Prevent or stop jawbone loss and gum recession caused by missing or failing teeth
- Incredibly strong and stable foundation for supporting replacement teeth
- Require only a strong oral hygiene routine for proper care and maintenance
- Eliminate the shifting or migration of nearby teeth into voids left by lost teeth
- Alleviate TMJ or other jaw pain caused by bite problems
- Renewed sense of self-confidence with a beautiful new smile
- Restore the appearance of facial areas that have been negatively affected by tooth loss
How do dental implants compare to dentures?
Dentists and patients are realizing the amazing benefits dental implants have to offer. When it comes to convenience, aesthetics, stability, and longevity, dental implants are the winning choice. Dentures and (some) bridges are removed daily for cleaning and soaking. Dental implants are never removed from the mouth and can be treated and cleaned just like your natural teeth. Furthermore, the stability and bite strength of dental implants is hard to match. The titanium roots of the implants fuse with the jawbone, giving the strongest hold possible out of the three tooth replacement options. Dentures and bridges only rest in the mouth (sometimes with the support of adjacent teeth) and can irritate the gums over time when they become ill-fitting. To read about all the differences, visit our dental implants vs. dentures page.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The dental implant process takes several months from beginning to end and may take longer if you require bone grafting surgery or tissue grafting surgery. The process is typically done in four steps: initial patient consultation, oral surgery for implantation, healing period after implantation, and addition of natural-looking replacement teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost depends on how many implants you need, as well as any additional surgeries recommended, such as bone grafting or tissue grafting. While the cost is an investment, patients have commented that dental implants are well worth it. We accept many insurance plans and third-party financing plans to help our patients out.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dental implants have helped millions of Americans regain a strong, confident, beautiful smile; however, they may not be the right option for everyone. To find out if dental implants are a good option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Shoemaker, who will decide if you are a good candidate for implants.