Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone, and a crown, dental bridge, or denture is attached.
Is there any pain?
Our patients typically report that having an implant placed was not at all painful. Often, they return to work and daily activities the very next day. Dr. Sanger makes every effort to keep patients comfortable and can provide oral and IV sedation, if needed.
What success rate can I expect?
For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful with reported success rates above 95 percent.
How long does the implant surgery take?
Implants may be placed in as little as 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the location and number of implants.
Will I be left without a tooth or teeth?
Patients receive temporary teeth the day of surgery that are used while the implants heal. Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, strong and aesthetic final teeth will be placed.
Do I need an implant for each tooth needing replacement?
No. An implant -supported bridge can replace up to six teeth with just two to three implants. A full arch of teeth can be replaced using as little as four implants.
What if there is not enough bone for an implant?
If needed, a bone grafting procedure can be done to augment a patients bone so that an implant can be successfully placed. With the All-on-4 procedure, patients can get full-arch teeth replacement with no bone grafting needed!
How long can implants last?
With proper care, implants have been shown to last for over 40 years.