Questions About Dental Implants
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If you would like to replace one or more missing teeth, you may want to consider having dental implants, as it is a strong and permanent solution to both the missing tooth and missing tooth root.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant can be thought of in three parts:
- The root portion (positioned in the jaw bone);
- The abutment on which the replacement tooth sits; and
- The crown that replaces the lost tooth.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and their missing roots and the artificial tooth is a porcelain crown designed to resemble your natural teeth in shape and color.
What do dental implants cost?
The cost of a dental implant can vary from one patient to the next. Factors include the difficulty of the procedure and any other dental work necessary for proper placement of the implant. We will be happy to work with you on dental costs. Please see Affordability for more information.
Who is a good candidate for a dental implant?
People in good general health who maintain their oral health are most often good candidates for dental implants. It is also important that your bone tissue be dense enough and wide and high enough to hold the implant securely. Most people qualify in that respect.
What is the dental implant procedure like?
It is done in three stages:
- The implant is positioned in the jawbone and the bone is allowed to heal around the implant before anything else is done. This takes several months.
- The abutment is placed on top of the implant, with its base beneath the gums and its top protruding through the gums. About two weeks are required for the gums to heal.
- The new tooth is placed on the abutment in a short and simple procedure.
Philadelphia dentist Dr. Marshall will want to see you in follow-up visits to monitor your dental health and make sure the implant and its tooth are secure.
How soon can I return to normal eating habits after placement of a dental implant?
In the months between implant placement and tooth placement, you can eat as usual as the healing is under the gum.