Fioritto Family Dental proudly offers dental implants for patients seeking tooth restoration following tooth loss. We understand patients have many questions and concerns regarding dental implants, so we’ve provided answers to questions we are commonly asked. Our dental team is happy to answer any other questions. Simply contact Fioritto Family Dental to schedule an appointment.
What are dental implants?
This form of smile restoration replaces a lost tooth with an implant, or titanium post. An implant or post bonds with the bone of the jaw to create a stable foundation for a false tooth or crown. The implant also minimizes bone loss. An abutment on top of the implant screw connects the crown securely to the base to restore oral function and a beautiful smile. Multiple implants can be implanted to replace the loss of multiple teeth. An implant can also form the basis for bridges, and fixed or removable dentures.
How long does the implant procedure take?
The dental implant process will take at least several months. If you enjoy optimal oral health, and your jaw bone is robust enough to accept an implant, you could receive your post on the same day the tooth is extracted. Patients will have to wait several months before a final crown can be placed to allow the area to heal. If a patient suffers from an infection, loss of a tooth to trauma, or requires a bone grafting procedure, they may need several additional weeks or months before the entire implant process is complete.
Is the procedure painful?
No. We use local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the implant procedure and offer sedation dentistry to patients with dental anxiety or other concerns. You may experience discomfort following the procedure, but this can typically be treated with the application of ice and the use of over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last 20 or more years with proper care. They could even last a lifetime. Crowns typically last 10-15 years or more.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost may vary depending on the number of implants needed, and any extenuating circumstances (infection, bone loss, etc.) that must be addressed prior to the procedure. Implants are typically more expensive than other restoration procedures such as dentures or bridges, but they also last many more years and offer added convenience and comfort. Additionally, implants offer cosmetic and oral health benefits.
What makes dental implants superior to other tooth replacement options?
Dental implants look and perform just like natural teeth. They prevent bone loss in the jaw and seat in the gums for a natural appearance. Patients can eat, drink, talk, smile, and laugh with confidence, knowing their teeth will not budge. Patients with implants can brush and floss normally. Implants have an amazing 95% long-term success rate. Far higher than other restoration options.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, call Fioritto Family Dental today at 440-951-5511!