Why Do I Need an Implant?
Realistically, no one needs a dental implant. There are other ways of restoring missing or damaged teeth, dentures being one such method. But if you want to have your teeth restored to full functionality, it is the best choice.
Who Shouldn’t Get an Implant?
Most people can get implants. However, some medical conditions, like cancer or diabetes, can make implants problematic. Also, if there is significant bone loss in your jaw, it may not be possible for you to receive implants without considering bone grafting first. If you are wondering whether you should or should not get an implant, talk to your dentist.
Should I Do an Implant or a Bridge?
Both bridges and implants can restore functionality. If you have many teeth missing in sequence, and there are budgetary concerns, a bridge might be the best course of action. Most of the time, insurance companies will not cover the cost of implants.
Does It Hurt to Get an Implant?
No. Getting an implant doesn’t hurt any more than having a filling done. Although it is a surgical procedure, it is done under local anesthetic, so you will feel no pain during the procedure. You may have some discomfort once the anesthetic wears off, but this can generally be treated using an over-the-counter pain reliever.
How Long Does It Take to Do an Implant?
Implant surgery takes very little time – again, usually no longer than it would take to do a filling. Of course multiple implants will mean more time in the chair, but implant surgery is fairly routine and does not take a great deal of time.
Will I Be Walking Around Without a Tooth?
No. The first step to installing implants is to insert a titanium screw into your jaw. This is what holds the crown in place. Before the crown is installed, your jaw will need some time to heal. However, in the meantime, your missing tooth can be replaced with a temporary prosthetic so you will be able to chew and smile the way you always did while you wait for your implant.
How Much Does It Cost to Do an Implant?
This depends largely on how many implants you require to support the crowns. Sometimes, several crowns can be fitted onto a single implant. The cost also depends on whether you require implant retained dentures, an implant-supported bridge, individual crowns, or any of the other various permutations of dental implants. Generally speaking, though, a single implant-supported crown will cost somewhere between $1,000 and $3,000.
How Long Does an Implant Last?
A dental implant will usually outlast you. Implants are made from titanium screws that hold the prosthetic crowns in place, so they are impervious to damage. Provided that you take care of your crowns and the underlying structure, there is likely no reason why your implants can’t last you for the rest of your life.
If you are considering dental implants as a means of correcting your smile, contact Boss Dental Care at 361-992-7551 or use the form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 801 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78411. Explore the many benefits of dental implants and find out if you are a candidate. Read our FAQs page to answer any questions you have.