What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made out of metal. It is inserted underneath the surface of the gums and is used for holding and supporting a replacement tooth.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
When you have a dental implant installed, we will give you a local anesthetic so that you do not feel any sort of pain throughout the procedure. After the implant has been placed and the anesthetic wears off, the level of discomfort experienced by patients may vary. Most people feel a mild to moderate amount of pain, similar to getting a tooth pulled.
How long do dental implants last for?
If you take care of your teeth and keep up with routine oral care, your dental implant can last you your entire life. If you do not properly care for your dental implant, you can develop peri-implantitis.
What is peri-implantitis?
Peri-implantitis is a serious condition that causes bone loss and soft tissue inflammation around a dental implant due to a buildup in plaque around the artificial tooth. You can prevent peri-implantitis by taking care of your dental implants as you should your natural teeth and keeping up with your periodic dental cleanings.
Will my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Some dental insurance policies cover dental implants, but you will need to check with your insurance provider to be certain.