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For a long time, people thought the only thing that could replace teeth were big, bulky dentures. Today, our office in Fredericksburg, VA has dental implants to give you a comfortable, long-lasting, beautiful smile that you don’t have to take out before bed! Looking to learn more about dental implants? Read all the answers to your questions below.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are durable replacements for lost teeth. They fit and function like teeth, blending right in with your natural smile. These implants can last a lifetime when placed by an expert and cared for properly. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants don’t need to be replaced every few years.
How are the Implants Placed?
First, the root implant is placed where the missing tooth was. Then, the implant naturally fuses with the jawbone, allowing the implant to secure its place in the jaw. Once the jaw heals, a small connector is set to hold the new tooth. Finally, your dentist creates a new tooth for you based on a model of your bite, and the replacement tooth is attached.
How Much do Implants Cost?
One question many of our patients ask us is, “How much do dental implants cost?” The cost of the implants will vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of implant used, the materials used, and if any other additional procedures are required. Dental implants can last a lifetime if well taken care of, so we believe these are worth the investment. To determine the cost based on your individual needs, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance may cover some cost of dental implants. However, normally, dental insurance plans do not cover this procedure. We realize this and have worked hard to offer multiple financing options so our patients can receive procedures such as this. If you prefer to call or e-mail to discuss this, you can find our contact information here.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
When compared to other options, such as bridges or dentures, dental implants have a number of benefits that will help improve your quality of life. Some of these benefits include:
- A natural-looking, beautiful smile
- Allows the patient to continue to eat the same healthy foods that they like
- A boost to one’s self-esteem and confidence
- Eliminates daily hassles or embarrassment caused by dentures
- Better oral hygiene than bridges or dentures
- Improved jaw stability
- Protects adjacent teeth
Dental Implant Procedure
The usual dental implant procedure contains a number of steps depending on the type of procedure. That being said, the normal base steps for dental implants are as follows. First, the implant area is prepared, and the implant is inserted into the jawbone. Once it has healed, it fuses and creates a strong, secure bond to the jaw. Then, an abutment is used to connect a crown.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The time that dental implant procedures require will vary depending on the individual. The procedures in the office do not normally require a large period of time, but the healing and bonding process can take a number of months.
How Long do the Implants Last?
Dental implants normally last anywhere from at least 10 years up to a lifetime. The reason for this range is that the lifespan of these implants varies greatly depending on an individual’s hygiene and oral health, the location of the implant, and how well the patient maintains the implant. If you would like a more personalized answer, as always, our office doors in Fredericksburg, VA are always open and our staff is more than happy to discuss this with you.
Are Dental Implants for me?
This is a tough question to answer as we highly recommend first having your dentist conduct a thorough examination to further understand your situation. If you are a smoker or have uncontrolled diabetes, implants may not be an option for you. However, if you are missing one or more teeth and none of the prior examples apply to you, then the dental implant procedure is an option you will want to consider and receive consultation regarding. Schedule a consultation with our office to see if getting dental implants in Fredericksburg, VA is right for you.