Q. What are Implants?
A. A dental Implant replaces a natural tooth root, typically made of titanium.
Q. Who should get an implant?
A. Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. Anyone missing one tooth, multiple teeth or even all of their teeth and currently have dentures may be a candidate for dental implants.
Q. Why would I want an implant?
A. Before dental implants there were few option to consider when replacing teeth. Most common options would include a bridge which would involve cutting down adjacent natural teeth for support. Or a removable prosthesis such as a partial denture.
Q. How long does it take for my implant to be finished?
A. Typically, 3 months after an implant is placed the restorative dentist will place a final crown or restoration.
Q. Will I have a missing tooth?
A. No. This is a very common concern for implant patients. Technology has allowed for many options in retaining the natural look of your smile while the implant is in the healing process.
Q. Does getting an implant hurt?
A. No. local anesthetic is given to sufficiently numb the areas of concern. The appointment lasts about 40 minutes and most patients report only experiencing light pressure during the placement of the implant. However, it patients are still apprehensive we offer Sedation Dentistry to alleviate any fears. Some patients say afterwards that it’s easier than a root canal or crown.
Q. Is getting an implant worth it?
A. Yes! Replacing a missing tooth is the closest thing to replacing your natural tooth that dentistry has to offer. This allow for normal home care (brushing and flossing).
Q. What is the cost?
A. Usually almost the same price as a 3-unit bridge but you don’t have to touch the surrounding teeth.
Q. Can my dentist do an Implant?
A. Most general dentist do NOT place implants but do restore (put the final crown on the implant). Here at Northstar Dental Group the Doctors place and restore implants in the same chair- saving the patient time and money!
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