Dental Implant FAQs

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are essentially a replacement tooth, anchored into the jaw. It replaces a missing tooth or help to hold crowns in. 
Why would a patient need dental implants?
There are many different reasons why a patient may need dental implants including gum disease, tooth decay, missing teeth due to accidents, and more. 
What happens if a patient does not get dental implants?
If a patient has missing teeth and chooses not to get dental implants, it could affect the teeth next to the missing tooth. This could cause patient’s teeth to wear quickly and cause them difficulty when speaking and eating. Bone loss in the jaw is another possibility to a patient not getting dental implants when needed.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The procedure depends on the patient and the amount of dental implants needed. Usually the procedure takes anywhere from one to a couple hours. 
Is the procedure successful?
Yes. Dental implants are highly successful. The patients who may see limited success are those who smoke, have diabetes, or are under-going radiation.
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