Even though you’ve probably heard the term dental implant in conversations with friends and family, you may find yourself having questions about this important restorative dental procedure since you’ve been told that you should now have the procedure. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions that our caring and professional staff hear in our centrally located Alexandria dentist office. If you don’t see you question listed, Burton Dentistry is here to answer it over the phone or during a consultation.
Sure. Although it’s a complicated procedure that’s used in restorative dentistry to help patients regain the use of a tooth, it can be described in simple terms as an artificial tooth that’s permanently attached to the patient’s jawbone so it looks and functions like the tooth it’s replacing.
No, multiple dental implants can be used to provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth or to hold partial dentures in Alexandria in place.
Every patient’s pain threshold is different, and every patient will have unique procedure parameters, so that’s a difficult question to answer here. However, most patients report after the procedure that they were able to tolerate it better than they had imagined – usually with just over-the-counter pain medication, and in some cases, nothing at all.
Again, every patient’s needs are unique, so that’s a hard question to answer here. We can tell you that even though a dental implant is more expensive than other tooth replacement options – such as a bridge or partial dentures — they are unequivocally the most cost-effective option over the long term. Why? Because a dental implant can last a lifetime, whereas other options will most likely require replacement.
Although most patients are candidates for dental implants, your candidacy can only be qualified through a complete oral examination that will include x-rays of your jaw bone to determine its density to successfully accommodate the dental implant. Even if your jaw bone is not dense enough, you can still receive a dental implant but you’ll also need a bone graft in conjunction with the primary procedure.
Call Burton Dentistry today to learn more about dental implants in Alexandria.