At Monarch Dental, our dentists may surgically place a dental implant in your jaw bone as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and leave you with a healthier, natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
Used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth, a dental implant is a small titanium screw that functions like a natural tooth root.
A dentist will surgically place the implant into the jaw bone, where it will bond with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants can resolve jaw joint pain or bite issues, restore facial tissues and appearance and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
The teeth surrounding the gap left by a missing tooth may start to shift out of place and lead to misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area may also begin to break down, resulting in facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to speak and chew.
The Dental Implant Procedure
To complete a dental implant procedure, your dentist will need a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
Your dentist will start by surgically placing the implant into your jaw bone underneath the gum tissue. As this tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once healing has occurred, typically 3 to 6 months post-surgery, patients return to our office to have the procedure completed.
During this last appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement such as a dental crown, denture or bridge to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions patients have asked about dental implants at Monarch Dental.
- How long does a dental implant last?
Your implant can last a lifetime if cared for properly. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, in addition to attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also be influenced by other factors including the development of any dental diseases, nutrition, or genetics.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Your dentist will administer anesthesia during dental implant surgery to ensure you are comfortable, so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Patients do not usually feel much pain or discomfort following the procedure. Most patients are able to manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks following the implant procedure to avoid any irritation or pain.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
Depending on your treatment plan, the entire procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your specific circumstances.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
While some insurance companies will cover the cost of dental implants, others will only pay for part of the cost. Many will not pay for any part of it.
To determine which part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, confirm with your insurance provider.
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