Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
At Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists, we’re dedicated to helping our patients understand their oral health and we always take the time to answer your questions. On this page, you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, but our Colorado Springs dental team is here to answer your questions whenever you need us. Please don’t hesitate to call our office to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts inserted into the gum and jawbone. Typically made from titanium, these posts fuse with supportive tooth structures, mimicking lost tooth roots. These implant posts are strategically positioned to provide support for a replacement tooth or teeth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Unlike other tooth replacement options that only restore those parts of the smile visible above the gum line, dental implant supported tooth replacement options restore both the root structure and the crowns of missing teeth. This provides the optimal level of stability for dental restorations and maintains the natural gum tissue volume and jawbone density, ensuring patients retain their optimal level of oral health.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
A single dental implant post can cost anywhere from $500 to $3000. Each additional implant post will typically cost less than the first. Some dental insurance providers are now covering some of the cost of dental implant posts and their surgical placement. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of dental implants, they do usually provide a percentage of the cost of the dental restorations.
Why do Dental Implants Fail?
Dental implants can fail for a variety of reasons. The first is placement without adequate jawbone or gum tissue to provide support. Patients may also experience failure if their restoration is attached to the dental implants before they have fully fused with the jawbone. Poor hygiene, difficulty healing, and infection can also lead to failure of a dental implant to fuse with jawbone.
Why Should a Periodontist Place Implant Posts?
Periodontists are dentists who have completed advanced training in order to specialize in treatments for the supportive structures that surround teeth. For this reason, they are the ideal dental specialists to place implants. They understand better than any other dental practitioners how to safely and effectively place dental implant posts to ensure they fuse with the gum and bone tissues.
How Long do Dental Implant Restorations Last?
Dental implants can last decades. In fact, many patients keep the same dental implant posts for their entire lifetimes. The longevity of the dental implant restoration is really up to the patient. As long as they care for their restored smile with daily brushing and flossing and visit the dentist at least twice a year, patients have increased chances for successful long term retention of dental implant posts.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed, but the procedure itself is minimally invasive. We place a small incision in the gum line. Then, the implant post is inserted into the gum tissue. Following the placement, a protective cap is placed over the implant to speed the healing process and shape the gum tissue. Once the implant fuses with the jawbone, the protective cap is removed and an abutment is attached to the implant. Once your tooth replacement prosthetic is prepared, we’ll anchor the replacement tooth or teeth to the implant by attaching the restoration to the abutments.