Dental Implants FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants


What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that replaces a tooth root that is missing.


How do dental implants replace teeth?

The posts are placed under the gums and attached to crowns or dentures to hold them as securely as teeth.


Are dental implants dependable?

Dental implants are one of the most reliable medical procedures. The first dental implant was placed in 1952. Over the last half-century, dental implants have been researched as thoroughly as any modern medical procedure. The 10-year success rate for dental implants ranges from 85% to 98% depending on the location of the implant.


How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are usually placed in the dental office using regular dental numbing. Sometimes patients choose light sedation. It usually only takes 60 to 90 minutes to place 4 to 6 implants, which is enough to support a complete denture. Placing implants to replace fewer teeth takes less time.


Does it hurt to have implants placed?

The short answer is no. Patients are numb when the implants are placed and usually only have to take a moderate pain reliever like ibuprofen and Tylenol afterwards.


How long do the implants need to heal before teeth can be attached?

Sometimes teeth can be attached immediately to dental implants. Other times, implants may need to heal for 3-4 months to provide firm support.


How much do implant-supported teeth cost?

Your cost for implant-supported teeth depends on several factors, including the type of implant, the number and location of the replaced teeth, and the need for secondary procedures. An existing denture may be stabilized with implants for as little as $4,000 to $8,000. Replacing teeth with implant-supported crowns can cost more, depending on how many teeth are involved.


One thing we know for sure: the cost of implant-supported teeth from corporate dental firms that have HUGE marketing budgets must include the cost of marketing. At Dr. Deyton’s office, our only marketing is through our website and word of mouth by satisfied clients. We know that spending huge amounts of money on television and print ads would only lead to greater costs for our patients.


How long do implant-supported teeth last?

Implants are sturdier than your original teeth. Since implants are titanium, they don’t get decay. Once implants are healed satisfactorily, failure is very rare—less than 5% in 10 years.


If you have a denture, you may have to replace the teeth periodically because you can bite up to 5 times harder on an implant-supported denture than on a conventional denture. The cost of replacing the implant-supported teeth is a small fraction of the original cost of implants.



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