Dental Implants Q & A

If you have missing teeth, the Placerville Dental Group typically recommends dental implants instead of bridges or dentures because of their better quality and functionality. Many people have questions about dental implants. Let’s answer a few of the more popular ones.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. They are screwed into your jaw and become attached to the jawbone, just like your regular teeth. Dental implants use a titanium post for the root, upon which is fixed a crown, bridge, or even a partial or full denture. Dental implants are designed to be permanent.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Patients who receive dental implants report increased confidence, better self-image, and improvement in the ability to eat the foods they like. Since the implants are in the jaw, they prevent the bone loss that typically accompanies tooth loss.

Are there disadvantages to dental implants?

After the procedure there is a small risk of infection, inflammation, or discomfort – as with any surgical procedure. If there is not enough bone in your jaw to anchor the titanium post, grafting procedures are necessary to prepare the foundation in your jaw.

What’s the success rate for dental implants?

Reported success rates are above 90 to 95 percent, depending on personal factors. Although dental implants are artificial and cannot be attacked directly by bacteria, they still depend on the patient cleaning their teeth regularly to prevent gum disease.

Who are good candidates for dental implants?

Anyone missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all their teeth are good candidates for dental implants. If you tend to grind your teeth, are a smoker, or have untreated gum disease, these issues are best resolved before implantation. Consult with your dentist at the Placerville Dental Group to consider your circumstances.

What is All on 4?

All on 4 is a treatment that replaces all missing teeth in one jaw using 4 implants (all teeth on 4 implants). Look for further information on this procedure in upcoming blog articles here on our website.

What’s the cost of dental implants?

Generally, the cost to replace a single tooth with a dental implant is close to replacing it with a traditional fixed bridge. Many insurance companies assist with the cost of dental implants, so make sure to contact your insurance group for more information. The final cost can also be affected by issues like whether grafting is needed, the type of tooth to be replaced, and other factors.

How can I find out more about dental implants?

Give the Placerville Dental Group a call or schedule an appointment with us online! List the questions you have about dental implants, and we’ll answer them.


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