Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants

An older couple smiling and hugging outsideDental implants are still quite a new dental technology, relatively speaking. Most people aren’t aware the technology exists until their dentist tells them about it. Once people learn what they can accomplish, they often have many questions. This is understandable, which is why we’ve included a section specifically answering the most common questions about dental implants in Grapevine. After reading, you’ll know how we determine a patient’s eligibility, the success rate of implants, and much more valuable information!

Am I Eligible for Dental Implants?

In most cases, patients are eligible for dental implants. However, the only way to know for sure is to complete a dental implant consultation. During this consultation, the dentist will examine your jawbone density and overall health of your teeth and gum tissue. If sufficient bone is present and you have good overall health, you can move onto the next steps of planning your implant placement.

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What Do Dental Implants Consist Of?

Dental implants technically refer to the titanium post that’s placed into your jawbone, but they also include the abutment and the restoration as well. The abutment is essentially a screw that attaches the restoration and the implant together. The restoration, which is produced by the dentist, is customized to your implant exactly and made to fit on top of the implant. It’s also blended and shaped to match the rest of your teeth naturally, giving you the most lifelike smile possible.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The length of treatment can vary depending on your needs. For example, patients who don’t need preparatory treatments performed (i.e. periodontal treatment, deep cleaning, bone grafts, etc.) will expect a shorter treatment time. The healing stage can take anywhere from three to six months depending on where the implant was placed and your dedication to keeping the area clean during the healing phase.

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How Do They Stay In Place?

Once implants are placed into the jawbone, they undergo a process known as osseointegration. Thanks to titanium’s biocompatibility, the implant can bond with your existing bone and tissue without worry of rejection. This allows the implant to stay securely in place, even more so than natural teeth.

Are They Safe?

When implants are placed by a professional oral surgeon or implant dentist in Grapevine and the patient has undergone a proper implant consultation, they are 100% safe. If the dentist doesn’t believe you are ready for implants, he’ll go over treatments that can increase your jawbone’s density, such as a bone graft.

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What Can I Eat with Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to function exactly like natural teeth. In many ways, implants are even stronger, so chewing your favorite foods like steak or apples is easy and straightforward. Just make sure to keep it clean by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months.

How Long Do They Last?

Dental implants are known for their durability and longevity. Success rates after a 10-year period are as high as 98%. In most cases, dental implants can last anywhere from 25 years to a lifetime, assuming they’re properly cared for and the patient discontinues the use of all tobacco products.

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