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Frequently asked questions about dental implants

What will happen if I don't replace my missing teeth?

Aside from the obvious cosmetic problem, missing teeth will cause your jawbone to shrink and the other teeth in your mouth to drift or move.

This can change the biting force and overload adjacent teeth. It will not only result in a poor bite, but may lead to jaw problems.

Without having dental implants or other treatment to restore your missing teeth, it will be more difficult to chew properly and your face may lose its full, youthful appearance.

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Can anyone get dental implants?

To be a good candidate for dental implants there must be enough jaw bone remaining after your tooth has been extracted.

This is required to support the implant, and grafting may be necessary otherwise.

Your mouth and jaw must also be full-grown, meaning dental implants are often not a viable option for adolescents.

For best results, a dental implant should be placed as soon after tooth extraction as possible.

Smoking, tobacco use and unhealthy gums may also make this treatment less predictable.

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Will I need general anesthesia to get dental implants?

No. Although the implants are surgically placed in your jaw bone, local freezing is all that is typically required or recommended.

Even so, dental sedation is available for clients who may feel anxious or fearful about the treatment.

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Will my insurance cover dental implants?

The extent of insurance coverage for dental implants will depend on your individual health plan, though treatment is often subject to annual maximum benefit limits.

You may wish to consult with your insurance provider for more information.

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How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth, including regular and proper brushing and flossing, and regular preventive hygiene visits.

After your dental implant has been placed, we can provide information on proper care during the healing period (osseointegration), as well as recommendations on encouraging their long-term success.

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are typically a long lasting restoration. With proper oral hygiene, regular preventive hygiene visits, use of a splint or night guard (if required), and good general health including not smoking, a dental implant is expected to last your entire lifetime.

There is no guarantee of this, however. Over time, the crown placed on the implant may need to be replaced or re-cemented, depending on your bite and other usage factors.

All in all, a dental implant is a durable option compared to a fixed dental bridge that may only last 10-15 years.

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