At dentalhouse, our dentists may place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth.
Filling the Gaps in Your Smile
Dentists at dentalhouse can fill a gap between your teeth with a dental implant, which is placed into the jaw bone. The implant will look and feel like a natural tooth.
This small titanium screw functions like a natural tooth root and can be used to replace either a single lost tooth or several missing teeth.
The dentist will surgically place the implant into your jaw bone, where it will bond with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants are available at all of our four locations. They can help to prevent surrounding teeth from moving, resolve pain in your jaw joint or bite issues, and restore appearance and facial tissues.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is missing, teeth surrounding the gap may begin to move out of place to fill the vacant space. This can cause misalignment issues and facial collapse.
The Dental Implant Procedure
During a dental implant procedure, your dentist places a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
To begin, the implant is surgically placed into your jaw bone beneath the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant bonds with the bone and attaches to the gum.
Once healing has taken place (typically 3 to 6 months post-surgery) patients return to our office to complete the procedure.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at dentalhouse.
- How long does a dental implant last?
Provided your implants are cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. Brush your implants properly and floss at home to ensure your implants last as long as possible. Also ensure you attend regular exams and hygiene cleanings at your dental office.
The longevity of your dental implant may also be impacted by other factors such as genetics, nutrition and the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Care for your dental implant just as you would your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and keeping up with proper brushing and flossing at home will go a long way to preventing diseases or decay from developing in your teeth and gums, which can negatively impact your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Anesthesia will be administered during your dental implant surgery to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible with no pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, patients do not typically experience much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following the procedure.
You'll also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks following your procedure to avoid any irritation or pain at the surgical site.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
It takes between two to nine months to complete the entire implant procedure, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with a more precise timeline based on your specific case and requirements.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
While dental implants will be covered by some insurance plans, some will only pay part of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine which part, if any, of your dental implant treatment your insurance will cover, check with your insurance provider.