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What You Should Know About Dental Implants

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants. If one of your questions is not answered here, please contact our practice so we can address any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Why should I choose Cornerstone Dental for my dental implant procedure?

Our team of top dentists here at Cornerstone Dental is composed of experienced implant dentistry professionals who have pursued advanced training and education to provide our patients with the best possible results. Dr. John Beckwith is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, a prestigious dental organization that requires its members to have demonstrated excellence in care and to adhere to the highest standards of treatment. Accreditation requires continuing dental education, completion of specific dental implant procedures, and written and oral testing. Dr. Beckwith and Dr. Arlene O’Brien are committed to offering patients a combination of their experience and skills with advanced treatment options for results that look and feel like natural teeth. Cornerstone Dental is also fully equipped to handle every aspect of your dental implant procedure, from the implantation process to the placement of the crown.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. The life of an implant can be as long as 20-30 years or longer. Both functionally and aesthetically, dental implants are designed to provide patients with a precise replica of a natural tooth.

Do dental implants affect my bone structure?

Dental implants do not affect your overall bone structure. In fact, they help maintain the bone structure. With other missing teeth replacement options, such as fixed dental bridges, the bone and soft tissues of the gums can break down over time. Full dental implants and anchor supported dentures eliminate this problem.

How much do they cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on several factors, including how many implants need to be placed, the type of implants, and how much your dental insurance will cover. Generally, the cost of a single tooth implant can range anywhere from $1,000 to $5000. During your initial consultation, Dr. Beckwith will discuss all aspects of treatment with you, including the cost of treatment.

How long does the process take?

The duration of the process varies from case to case. To replace teeth that are already missing, the process can take up to four months. If the teeth need to be removed and replaced, the process can take 6-8 months. While the dental implant can often be placed in the first visit, it takes a period of months for the implant to adequately fuse to the jawbone and become a permanent part of your mouth. During this period, a temporary crown can often be attached to the implant. Once the proper fusion has occurred, the permanent crown will be placed for the final result.

Do mini dental implants have the same effect as conventional dental implants?

Mini dental implants can be a beneficial solution for patients who have trouble adjusting to dentures, cannot afford full dental implants, or are not candidates for full dental implants. The mini dental implant procedure is less invasive and typically takes a shorter amount of time to complete.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Dr. Beckwith uses a local anesthetic during surgery to minimize any pain or discomfort. Any discomfort you experience after surgery can be alleviated with medication.

What might affect my candidacy for dental implants?

There are a variety of factors that may affect your candidacy for dental implants. Some of these factors include unhealthy jawbone density and having a medical condition or disease that can slow or prevent the healing process after surgery. If you are not a candidate for a full dental implant procedure, there are missing teeth replacement alternatives that may be right for your goals. One of our experienced dentists will talk with you about your options during your initial consultation.

Contact Cornerstone Dental

If you would like more information on dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at our practice, please contact Cornerstone Dental today.