Dental implants can be a great treatment to replace missing teeth. They can also be used to anchor loose or ill-fitting dentures. At Wynkoop Dentistry, we offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment planning to determine whether dental implants are the best option for you. We work closely with our specialists to ensure we get the best results possible.
Some commonly asked questions include:
What is a dental implant? In simplistic terms, it is a titanium alloy screw that bonds to the jawbone and acts like the root of a tooth. The screw sits below the gums acting as an anchor to hold the tooth. Treatment occurs in two phases. The surgical phase is the process of placing an implant and allowing the implant to heal; the restorative phase involves attaching an implant crown to the implant anchor.
How long does an implant take? The length of placing an implant will depend on health, existing bone and tooth structure, and lifestyle. Some implants require more healing time than others. Moving too quickly through the surgical phase to the restorative phase can cause implant failure. Because of these limitations, implants can take up to a year to properly heal.
How much does a dental implant cost? The cost of an implant will depend on the surgical procedures performed and the materials used. A consultation will help to identify the best treatment for each situation.
What if I am not a good candidate for dental implants? Medical history, lifestyle factors, tooth anatomy, or other dental history can impact the outcome of a dental implant. A consultation helps identify whether a dental implant is the best treatment.