The following frequently asked questions
on dental implants
will help you learn more about it, and whether or not it will work for you.
1. What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small metal post or screw made out of titanium that is inserted directly into the jawbone. A fake tooth or cap is attached at the top giving the appearance of a real tooth. Implants are used to fill gaps when one, or more than one tooth is missing.
2. Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you have lost one, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants will be able to restore your smile.
3. Can dental implants prevent the loss of bone in my jaw?
Because a dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone, it encourages the growth of new bone. Over time bone continues to grow around the implant making it more secure, and strengthening the existing bone.
4. Do implants last a long time?
Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. Once the metal post has been implanted into the bone, it’s very difficult to remove it.
5. What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer several benefits. First and foremost, it prevents nearby teeth from shifting into the gap left behind by a missing tooth. It improves your tooth alignment and resolves your bite issues as well. Furthermore, implants also reduce bone loss and provide improved oral health.
6. Are there any disadvantages?
The main disadvantage of an implant is that once it’s placed, it can be very difficult to remove.
7. What does “All-on-4” mean?
An All-on-4 implant refers to a full denture plate that is held firmly by only four titanium screws or posts. This eliminates the need for an implant for each tooth.
8. Can implants be used for dentures?
Although a denture is not an implant. Implants can be used to secure denture plates if they are manufactured to snap onto the top of the posts. However, some dentures may not be implant supported. If that's the case, the implants may not be able to be used unless you get a whole new denture plate made.
9. Are there “metal-free” implants?
No. In most cases, a titanium alloy is used as a material for dental implant posts. This allows them to remain in place for long periods of time without deteriorating, or be affected by the chemical processes within the body.
10. Will insurance cover dental implants?
Dental implants may qualify for some degree of insurance coverage, but each situation is different. Your prosthodontist will have to perform an evaluation to determine if you would benefit from having an implant procedure.
Call us at (515)276-7800 or contact us to know more about dental implants at Urbandale Smiles.