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Dental Implants FAQ
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your own natural teeth. Implants can restore the aesthetics of your smile, or act as a great anchor for dentures or other cosmetic dental work.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Improved appearance
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved speech
- Improved oral health
- Improved comfort
- Easier eating
Can anyone get dental implants?
In general, if you have lost teeth you are a candidate for dental implants. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to have a routine dental extraction or oral surgery could be considered for dental implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. However, there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants are right for you.
Are my implants right for me?
If you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, alcoholism, uncontrolled gum disease, or if you smoke, the dental implants and the effectiveness of their installation could be affected. It is important for your dentist to be aware of all known medical conditions along with any medications you are currently taking.
Patients must commit to regular dental visits and good oral hygiene. If you are considering implants, talk to your local Little Rock dentist to see if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Who places the dental implants?
The dental team that places the implants consists of a dental surgical specialist (periodontist), and an oral surgeon, or a general dentist with the advanced training necessary to perform the implant surgery. The team of experts plan and place the tooth restorations and a dental laboratory technician fabricates them.
How do implant tooth replacements differ from teeth?
Natural teeth and dental implants feel the same, function in a similar way, and even look the same, but they are very different. The most important differences are in the way they attach to the surrounding bone, their response to dental disease, their maintenance, and how they are repaired.
How successful are dental implants?
The success rates of dental implants vary, and can depend on where the implant is placed on the jaw. In general, dental implants have a high success rate. With the right tools and proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the cause of tooth loss or your insurance plan. If you have questions about your individual needs, contact Dr. Machen and/or your dental insurance provider.
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