Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Unless you’re a fellow dentist looking to replace missing teeth with implant supported prosthetics, you probably have some questions. You’ll find the answers to many of the dental implant frequently asked questions we receive from Boyles General Dentistry patients on this page. If you don’t see your question here, please don’t hesitate to call our Odessa dental office. We’ll be happy to answer your questions over the phone or schedule a consultation appointment. The Boyles General Dentistry team looks forward to helping you completely restore your smile with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants Made of?
Dental implants are typically crafted from high quality titanium. Implant posts may be made from other metals, but only titanium dental implant posts are proven to successfully fuse with the supportive bone and soft tissue.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed below the gum lines. This may sound intimidating, but the procedure is actually very straightforward. We numb the area to be treated. Then, we make a small incision in the gums. The implant post is positioned into the jawbone. A protective cap is attached to the top of the implant. Once the implant is positioned, you’ll need to wait three to six months to allow the implant post to fuse with the bone and soft tissue, mimicking the lost roots of teeth. Once the implant has fully fused with the supportive tissue, we can attach one or more replacement teeth, recreating your flawless smile. The entire implant supported tooth replacement process scan take six months to a year to complete.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Any patient missing one or more teeth should consider implant supported tooth replacement. Ideal candidates will meet the following description:
- Relatively good oral and overall health
- Commitment to maintaining oral health
- Enough bone and gum tissue to support dental implant posts
How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?
A dental implant supported tooth replacement will last twenty years or longer with proper care. In fact, most patients keep their implant supported replacement teeth for the rest of their lifetime.
How do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Caring for dental implant supported replacement teeth will be very similar to caring for your own healthy smile. You’ll need to switch to a soft bristled tooth brush and minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid unnecessary wear. If you have an advanced restoration, you may want to consider using a water flosser or specialized flossing tool to clean around the gums. We can provide guidance to ensure you’re maximizing your at-home hygiene routine.
How Often do Implants Fail?
Dental implants have a 95% success rate. That means only 5% of implants fail, but it is still possible. That’s why we take the time to carefully plan implant placement and restoration, and work with patients to care for their newly repaired smiles.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental insurance does not cover the cost of the dental implants or their surgical placement. Luckily, more insurers are starting to cover this effective treatment option each year. Additionally, your dental and/or medical insurance may offer coverage for other aspects of the treatment process including preparatory procedures like tooth extractions, relaxation using sedation dentistry, and the replacement tooth or teeth.