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Ever have questions about dental implants?You’re not alone. Patients with recent tooth loss are often interested in the dental implant process.
It has always been our goal to give patients the information they need to maintain good oral health. If you have any questions for us, please contact our dental office.
Our list of frequently asked questions below will help prepare you for a consultation with one of our dental implant dentists at GR Family Dental.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium rod inserted in the jawbone that functions much like a natural tooth root would to later support an abutment and crown. You may choose a single tooth implant or several tooth implants, depending on how many missing teeth you wish to replace.
What are mini dental implants?
The mini dental implant acts much like its full-sized counterpart, except it is smaller and less invasive. While the full-sized dental implants are between 3.4 and 5.8 mm in diameter, mini implants are between 1.8 and 3.3 mm in diameter. The difference in size means you don’t have to have as much healthy jawbone tissue to be a candidate for implants. The dental procedure to get mini dental implants only takes one visit to our office, which means you can go home the same day with your new tooth replacement.
What happens during dental implant surgery?
During the dental implant procedure, a titanium rod is inserted into your jawbone. You will then need to wait several months for the implant to successfully fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Several months later, you will come back to have an abutment screwed into the implant. The abutment acts like a post to help support the dental implant crown.
Who is eligible for dental implants?
To be a candidate for dental implants, you will need healthy jawbone tissue and a strong immune system. If you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue for the procedure, your dentist may recommend you have a bone graft.
Why should I get dental implants?
Unlike dentures, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants also stimulate jawbone tissue so you can avoid further tooth loss. Many of our patients appreciate that they can continue eating their favorite foods after the tooth implant procedure. Having dental implants also helps improve self-esteem so you can smile with confidence after tooth loss.
What factors affect the cost of dental implants?
The cost of dental implants is affected by the number of teeth you wish to replace and the condition of your jawbone tissue. A dental implant won’t be able to fuse to jawbone tissue that is too weak or soft, which is why your dentist may recommend a bone graft. Keep in mind that a bone graft will lengthen your overall treatment time and affect cost.
How do I care for dental implants?
Take care of your dental implants like you would natural teeth. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily. You should also make sure to continue seeing your dentist for routine teeth cleanings at least every six months.
The dentists at GR Family Dental are dedicated to helping patients restore their smiles after tooth loss through dental implant surgery and other restorative dentistry services. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dental implant dentists, call our office at (616) 455-3020.
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