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FAQs About Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth? Are you tired of your dentures being uncomfortable or causing you pain? Do your missing teeth cause you embarrassment? Then you should talk to Jeffrey A. Harris, D.D.S. in Warrenton to discuss dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a replacement for a natural tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or even all your teeth.

Why Choose Dental Implants over Dentures?

Dental implants are more secure, less painful, and easier to manage then dentures. With dental implants, you will be able to chew normally and be proud of your appearance.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

Dental implants involve replacing the root of a tooth with a prosthetic implant that is placed into your jawbone. The implant will then fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This can take about three to six months to occur. In the meantime, the dentist will give you a temporary crown or dentures.

What Happens Next?

Once the prosthetic implant has fused to your jawbone, you are ready to get your permanent teeth placed. Your new replacement teeth will be created and fitted into proper position. The dentist will work to ensure that the color, size, and shape of your new teeth will blend in naturally.

Will the Procedure Hurt?

We will provide you with the proper anesthesia so you will feel as little discomfort as possible. Tooth extractions have been said to be more painful than dental implants. Most patients are actually surprised at how little pain they felt getting their dental implants done.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Everyone is unique and has different health issues that may affect the longevity of dental implants. However, with routine practicing of good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups, your dental implants should last a lifetime.

How Expensive Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are expensive, but the cost of not doing them may be more expensive in the long run. The price will vary depending on how many teeth need to be done and the amount of work. Some insurance companies may pay for part or all of the implants and some insurance may not pay at all. We will work with you ensure that you know what your estimated cost will be.

Who Makes a Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Your dentist will discuss with you your dental health as well as your general health. Some chronic illnesses, such as chronic alcohol abuse or heavy cigarette smoking, may prevent you from being a good candidate. Please share with your dentist all your past medical history and medications you may be taking.

Dr. Harris is here to help answer all your questions about dental implants. Please contact his office in Warrenton today at (540) 347-2777. We will work together to restore your smile!

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