Dental Implant FAQs

Your smile is a big deal and we take it very seriously. That’s why we’ve provided you with frequently asked questions about dental implants so that you can feel comfortable knowing that you’ve made the right choice for your oral health.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Imagine if there was a tooth replacement that not only looked natural, but also functioned like a real tooth. It used to be that this wasn’t possible, but thankfully advancements in dental technology have provided us with the dental implant. Not only are dental implants virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth, but they also act like a tooth by replacing the missing roots with a biocompatible fixture that does many of the same things.

Implants also perform vital health functions. They stimulate bone regeneration in the jaw, ensuring that the bone there remains strong and healthy, and help to protect you from dental infection. They’re also long-lasting and permanent, making them a cost-effective solution over the long-term.

Other tooth replacement treatments simply don’t compare. Dental bridges do look natural and help keep your teeth straight by pushing against teeth drifting into an open gap left behind by a missing tooth, but they’re also susceptible to infection and have a much shorter lifespan than implants. Similarly, partial dentures are the most inexpensive option, but lack the same aesthetic standard and come with health risks of their own — these include infection and jawbone deterioration.

How Successful is the Procedure?

Today’s dental implants have success rates of 95–98% over a period of 15 years. There are some factors that can increase the risk of implant failure, including smoking and drinking alcohol, but generally implants are very safe and predictable.

Does the Treatment Require A Procedure and is it Painful?

The procedure involves the placement of a fixture, which is a small titanium post, along the portion of the jaw suffering from the missing tooth. The fixture will eventually carry the crown, which is the part of the implant that you see (the artificial tooth).

You should feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. Our own Dr. Raed Younes and Dr. Gokhan Shevket are certified in oral, nitrous and intravenous sedation. These are great options for patients who suffer from dental anxiety.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

The procedure is completed over a series of visits and can take anywhere between three to six months. Most of this time is a healing period, which takes place after the insertion of the fixture and its integration into the jaw. This process is called osseointegration, and while you’re resting, your bone is hard at work regenerating itself to anchor the dental implant in place. Afterwards, you will come into our Trenton office for a series of visits that include the preparation of the dental crown and its final fitting atop the fixture.

What’s the Difference Between Teeth in a Day and Dentures?

While these two treatments are similar in structure, a denture is a removable device, while Teeth in a Day is supported by four implant fixtures. Basically, Teeth in a Day harbors all the same benefits of dental implants, but with the added prize of full smile coverage. The decision between the two will be left up to you, but we do recommend Teeth in a Day for patients who want a permanent solution for their tooth loss.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

Insurance policies vary by company and plan. However, we are more than happy to help you find out what exactly your insurance covers.

Can Any Dentist Place a Dental Implant?

Finding the right implant provider is very important and can make a big difference in the final result of the procedure. Ask dentists for before-and-after images of previous cases so that you can see their work first-hand and ask about their success rate. You’re also encouraged to learn more about the doctor and the practice. At the end of the day, you want someone who you can trust to achieve the results you seek.

How Do I Get Started?

Give You Make Me Smile Dental Centre a call to schedule your no-obligation dental implant consultation. Come with any questions or concerns, and see if you qualify for the implant treatment. We look forward to seeing you!

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